Step Outside - Pennsylvania WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - Pennsylvania 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdn-step.americantowns.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Sun, 19 May 2024 04:18:47 -0500 5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Pennsylvania One of the best ways to enjoy the freedom and excitement of Pennsylvania’s waterways is with a ride on a jet ski. The world’s original personal watercraft, jet skis allow everyone to channel a world of high-flying excitement, and enjoy top speeds and top thrills. Additionally, jet skis allow for exploration of the small islands and hidden coves of the Keystone State, making them ideal for the intrepid explorers among us. Throw boring aside and check out these fun places in Pennsylvania for jet skiing!

One of Pennsylvania’s most beloved bodies of water, Lake Wallenpaupack, is unsurprisingly one of the best spots in the Keystone State to let loose and make a splash! Fifty-two miles of shoreline makes for plenty of space to try out your tricks, or get your sea legs if you’re newer to the pursuit. Keep the fun going after some time on the lake with on-site recreation, and hundreds of acres of surrounding natural space for endless Pocono playtime. Incredible vistas, fun surroundings, and plenty of water make Lake Wallenpaupack an easy choice.

The Allegheny River represents some of the most ecologically diverse and scenic stretches of water in all of Pennsylvania, qualities that make it practically perfect for a day of jet skiing adventure. Whether you visit tiny islands dotted along the river, or just bask in the exhilaration of a day on the water, a trip down the Allegheny is tough to beat. Beat the stress of the Steel City, or whichever ‘burb you call home, with a carefree day jet skiing on the Allegheny!

As the 13th largest lake in the world, it’s only natural that our Great Lake Erie graces the list of awesome jet ski destinations. Our local wonder is renowned for its maritime history, and today plays host to numerous recreational activities. Explore beautiful Presque Isle State Park, take a swim, spend some time in the sun, or simply take in the beautiful coastline of our truly great lake.

If you’re looking to take in a whole new view of Philadelphia, a jet ski on the Schuylkill is fairly tough to beat. Additionally, as one of the only significant rivers whose entire watershed can be found within the state of Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill is one of our most truly native waterways. Experience the City of Brotherly Love like never before as you navigate the waters of the Schuylkill for a day you’ll always remember. 

This natural bay located off the coast of Eerie, Pennsylvania, is an ideal destination for jet skiing. Head to Port Eerie Sports to rent a jet ski for $89 per hour. Presque Isle Bay is also perfect for water skiing, fishing, swimming, and boating. 

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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Pennsylvania Hiking is perhaps the perfect activity—physically challenging for the body, an opportunity to overcome fear and hesitation, and access to some of the most beautiful views known to man. For those who want to get moving and see something spectacular, the hiking trails of Pennsylvania are among the world’s most stunning. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and all points in between, get ready to get active and inspired! 

It’s pretty tough to top a waterfall hike, so for Ricketts Glen Falls Trail to feature over 20 glorious cascades over a 7.2-mile trek is fairly impressive. The trail is generally advertised as being particularly difficult, but given patience and proper attention, even more beginner hikers can conquer this chain of cataracts. One particular point of park pride is Ganoga Falls, which at 94 feet stands among the tallest in Pennsylvania. The trail is open year round, but there is a strict requirement that winter adventurers retain proper equipment for ice climbing! 

This incredible natural resource is stunning year round, but a trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is particularly breathtaking during the autumn migratory season. Roughly 18,000 falcons, hawks, and eagles pass through the area per annum, starting around the middle of August and extending until mid-December. During this exciting season, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has experts stationed at the North Lookout daily to answer questions and help amateur ornithologists identify species. Spend an hour, an afternoon, or even a full day taking in the almost overwhelming beauty of some of America’s most fascinating animals, in one of the most scenic areas of the state. 

Designed and built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lambs Creek is ideal for those who appreciate an impeccably conceived and maintained trail. Measuring in at about 3.5 miles, this trail is contained within Pine Creek Gorge, often called “the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” one of the most breathtaking areas of the Keystone State, and the country at large. The Lambs Creek hiking and biking trail is stunning year round, but becomes particularly beautiful during fall foliage season! 

Perfectly set in the serene Michaux State Forest, Pole Steeple Trail flawlessly balances distance and difficulty for a hiking opportunity ideal for all skill levels. Measuring three quarters of a mile, Pole Steeple traverses a variety of elevations, making for some steep portions. Be sure to leave time to admire the entire park from the Pole Steeple Overlook, a perfect quartzite outcrop that serves as a fitting reward for getting out there and moving your body! 

This trail was originally built to connect the Mid State Trail and Tuscarora Trail but Standing Stone is a destination in itself. Situated among beautiful animal and plant life and breathtaking scenery, Standing Stone is over 80 miles-long. Along the trail, moving through the town of Mapleton, hikers will come across the Thousand Steps. These steps, which were built by quarry workers in the 1950s, are located in Jacks Narrow near Mount Union. Parts of this trail can be rather challenging, but it is well worth the effort. 

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5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Pennsylvania Whether it’s through forested spaces or in wide-open parks, the dirt biking landscape in Pennsylvania is pristine. If the thrill-seeking bug has bitten you, you won’t want to miss out on what the state has to offer. From winding paths to motocross parks that act as playgrounds for dirt bikers, check out the five best dirt biking trails in the state. 

With beginner, intermediate, and advanced tracks, Breezewood is perfect for a rider learning their way, or a group of riders looking to visit the same location. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the rest of the week features 12 hours of open riding, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. On site rentals and camps make this an ideal option for even the very beginners. 

Two thousand acres of technically advanced trails, all ready and waiting to blow your mind! Experience 2,000 feet of elevation change as you explore the winding dirt paths of lost trails, resulting in one of the most incredible views anywhere in the Poconos. Little daredevils can try out the “mini-moto” park, a quarter-mile track with mini jumps and banked turns. 

From a beginner track to race days, Doublin Gap is a veritable playground for motocross enthusiasts. Practice days cost $30, and feature a freshly-groomed track for optimal enjoyment. Feel like a professional from your very first ride at this Shippensburg location. 

Seventy-two acres of motocross magic. Switchback MX features trail riding, as well as outdoor and indoor training tracks. Beginner riders can work their skills year-round, no matter the weather, at this Butler location. 

Featuring a full-sized track for experienced riders, and an ATV track that allows youth riders to try things out. This Fredericksburg location has delighted generations of riders and shows no signs of slowing down. 

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Pennsylvania The all-terrain vehicle (ATV) came to the United States in the late 1960s as a means of bolstering off-season motorcycle sales. Over the past half century, the ATV has become an integral part of American culture, delighting extreme sports enthusiasts and all-around adventure seekers ever since. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re an experienced rider, the ATV courses of Pennsylvania are at your service! 

The best option in the state for beginners, Lost Trails offers opportunities for non-owners to rent, and learn to use, an ATV. Experience incredible views of the Poconos, and develop a new skill all at the same time!

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Over 140 miles of trail, and incredible Allegheny Mountain views, make Rock Run Recreation an ideal space for ATV enthusiasts. Get ready for rip-roaring excitement, glorious vistas, and a real sense of community when you visit this location. 

Leave your worries behind and hit the trails at Mountain Ridge ATV Park. With terrain geared towards every skill level, this Reels Corner park is an exhilarating escape. Check the website for events like Poker Runs, Night Rides, and races. 

Many places can offer the run-of-the-mill ATV trails off-roaders have come to expect, but Mines and Meadows is one of the few places that allows visitors to go off-road, and underground! Journey through abandoned limestone mines that feature spooky twists and turns, and even underground lakes. If you prefer to keep things topside, enjoy 84 miles of trails and almost 900 acres of nonstop excitement! 

Formerly known as Pohopoco Tract, this summer and winter off-roading area permits registered Class II ATVs that are less than 58 inches in width and under 1,200 pounds. The area offers stunning views of the Pocono Mountains. 

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Great Hiking Trails in Pennsylvania Whether you’re an experienced outdoorsman, or just looking to get out of the city for an afternoon, the hiking trails of Pennsylvania are both stunning and child friendly! Bring a picnic and a swimsuit, or just your sneakers and good old fashioned determination, and hit the trails for incredible views, wildlife, and magnificent geological formations. 

At just about 1.5 miles-long, the George W. Childs Park Trail is one of the best options for families with little ones, or those looking for a more leisurely jaunt. Enjoy a lake, waterfalls, and plenty of natural beauty, including some seriously great birdwatching. Plenty of nearby, similar trails allow for a customized hike of different lengths, should you chose to make a day of it!  

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A slightly more moderate option, measuring just about three miles-long. The Meadow Run Trail boasts views of multiple waterfalls, the Youghiogheny River, and a breathtaking gorge. After a more difficult first quarter mile, the trail eases and families can expect stunning vistas, loads of ecological exploration, and even two very cool natural water slides formed by rock. 

Set on a defunct railway, this trail measures just over five miles and is perfect for families looking for a longer hike that still maintains a kid-friendly level of difficulty. Due to its railroad history, the trail itself is largely flat, and offers a great opportunity to teach children about both local ecology and the fascinating history and engineering behind our nation’s rails. Lose yourself in the bucolic country of Lancaster County, peaceful horse farms, and the lovely Conewago Creek. 

Shawmut Trail is an all-seasons treasure. At about two miles in length, this Smethport gem is suitable for even the youngest hikers, and a stop at Hamlin Lake makes it fun for the whole family. Take in the incredible natural beauty of the area, and spend some time boating or fishing on the lake, for an unforgettable family experience. 

Whether you bring your horse, your dog, or just your little ones, a trip to Cook Forest State Park is a must for Pennsylvania families. Camp out, or just spend an afternoon, and explore this incredible natural resource near Erie. Bring a book on local plant life and become an amateur botanist, or keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including the sometimes-spotted area black bear! 

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5 Excellent Places for Beginners to Kayak in Pennsylvania With many miles of kayak-able waters, Pennsylvania is blessed with a huge array of watersport options. Starting out can be daunting, but with a little grit, some commitment, and a sense of humor, almost anyone can begin to feel at home on the water. Grab a friend, a date, or just your own sense of adventure, and set out on your kayaking journey! Here are five awesome spots for beginners to kayak in Pennsylvania. 

Experience the more natural side of the Steel City with a leisurely afternoon spent on the Allegheny River. Whether you purchase a season pass or single hour, these gentle waters are perfect as an introduction to water sports. Check the website for social options like a Saturday morning Kayak and Coffee!

If you’re a total beginner, but looking to ascend quickly through the ranks to greatness, consider a two-day kayaking clinic on the Lehigh River. Whitewater Challengers looks to quickly and safely get you acclimated to being in a kayak, and even taking on the challenges of rough water. Day one takes place on still waters, while day two will expose you to the challenges faced by master paddlers. 

If you’re looking to baby-step it into the outdoors from the comfort of your city cocoon, look no further than Hidden River Outfitters. This Philadelphia-based company offers exciting, urban kayaking tours for all skill levels, including those on their very first paddle. Choose to explore the banks of the Schuylkill, or take a Manayunk Tour, which includes either a brunch, lunch, or happy hour at the incredibly hip Manayunk Brewing Company. 

If you’re a beginner with more of an independent streak, consider renting a kayak or canoe from Marsh Creek Watersports, located on beautiful Marsh Creek Lake. This Downingtown outlet offers a la carte rentals of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and even small motorboats. If you want to have a bit more hands-on help, consider one of their 90-minute night tours, which take on the beauty and nature of the lake environment in the dark! 

Explore the beauty of our state on the lovely Lake Erie with Lake Erie Outfitters! Located at the gorgeous Presque Isle State Park, this is undoubtedly one of the more stunning ways to learn about kayaking. Choose a rental or a tour, either way you’ll be paddling happy! 

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9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Pennsylvania Want a great way to relax and rewind? Go fish! Take the family, go with friends, or make it part of your family vacation, but get out there and experience life in the great outdoors. With miles of streams and rivers, more than 4,000 inland lakes and ponds, and Lake Eerie, Pennsylvania is a gold mine for fishing opportunities. Find excellent fishing for bass, crappie, carp, and catfish. But first, you’ll want to check out the 10 best bait and tackle shops in the state listed below to get everything you need from rods and reels to bait and apparel to your fishing license. 

Klotz’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, is a great find for all your year-round fishing needs. With excellent customer service and helpful knowledge from seasoned anglers, Klotz’s has been a great family owned and operated resource since 2002 for all things related to fishing. They have flexible hours every day except Wednesdays and major holidays. 

Like low prices and helpful store staff who don’t just try to sell you something without knowing anything about it? Then you’re going to love Susquehanna Fishing Tackle in Columbia, Pennsylvania. With great brands like Optimum Baits, Shimano, Strike King, Abu Garcia, and so many more they can’t be listed here, they have everything you need and can answer your questions from their extensive knowledge. With the lowest prices around, they also have fast delivery if something needs ordered, and shipping is free for orders over $50. And if you find the same product somewhere else for less, they’ll price match it! Open every day except Sunday. 

Located on the western shore of Lake Erie in Fairview, Pennsylvania, Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle Shop has one mission—to help you catch more fish. No matter what you’re fishing for, they can direct you to the right rod and reel, lures, bait, and anything else that will help you bring that fish home. They even have boat storage available. A sponsor of several local fishing tournaments, they have helpful information about cleaning and smoking your fish. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Buck’s County is the place where you’ll find Ed’s Live Bait and Tackle Shop, conveniently located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and 1968 was the year they opened. Offering a great assortment of rods, reels, lures, hooks, and dipseys, you’ll be surprised if they don’t have what you want. Open every day except holidays, Ed’s is family owned and has extensive knowledge and experience around fishing and boating. 

In business for over 56 years, Brinkman’s has consistently provided its customers the very best. As a specialty fishing store, Brinkman’s carries brand name products for saltwater and freshwater fishing. Minutes away from the Delaware River and able to answer questions about many of the nearby lakes and creeks, you’ll find great in-store prices and online offers on their website and Facebook pages.  

If you love fishing the Tioga County Lake area or fly fishing along Pine Creek in the east-central part Pennsylvania, then you’ll have to remember to stop by Tackle Shack in Wellsboro to get your supplies before your next trip. Featuring brands like StrikeMaster and 13 Fishing, and they have 24-hour bait and tackle vending all year round. You’ll never be without supplies when you get that urge to fish. Open every day except holidays.

Willie Marx’s Bait Tackle & More in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, is a one-stop shop for all your fishing needs. For the last 15 years, Willie’s has been giving great deals and great service to locals and out of towners who come to fish along the beautiful Lehigh River. Along with great products, they love to give information and share secrets and tips to help you catch the very best. They may even have a few fish stories of their own to share. 

Whatever your outdoor sport, Reddi Bait & Tackle in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, can be your source for hunting, fishing, and trapping supplies. Catfishing is a specialty for this little local shop, and you’ll find the owners very experienced and happy to share information that will help you catch more fish. Open every day, you can get your wiggles, squiggles, night crawlers, and other bait any time. 

If you love fishing, you’ve probably not met anyone who loved it more than the friendly folks at Lock 3 Bait & Tackle in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Open seven days a week, you’ll find brands like Lew’s, Shakespeare, Rapala, and Lucky Craft among many others. They also sponsor a heaviest trout contest. You won’t find friendlier people than the folks at Lock 3 Bait & Tackle. 

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5 Best Fishing Spots in Pennsylvania Sometimes the best accompaniment to a beautiful day is your fishing pole and there is a vibrant selection of lakes, creeks, and rivers to do so in Pennsylvania. Whether you’re looking to explore the world of fishing, or are already an experienced participant, the best fishing locations in Pennsylvania are brimming with fish and awaiting your arrival!

If you’re crazy about bass fishing, a trip to Conneaut Lake is for you. As Pennsylvania’s largest inland, natural lake, this Crawford County gem is a joy for both beginner and expert fisherman alike. At 925 acres, with a 75-foot maximum depth, Conneaut Lake is perfect for a calm day out on the water with a rod, reel, and cold one.

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This Susquehanna tributary is a long-time favorite of Pennsylvania fishing enthusiasts, and features both wild and stocked trout. Enjoy the bucolic countryside surrounding this designated Pennsylvania Scenic River while you relax and reel ‘em in. If you’re a novice angler, check out the Yellow Breeches Outfitters guide services. They offer an excellent fly fishing school that can teach beginners the basics. 

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To truly experience the beauty of the Poconos, a trip to Lake Wallenpaupack is certainly in order. This artificial lake constructed in 1926 covers 5,700 acres of serene beauty and is stocked to the gills with bass! Whether you’re looking for smallmouth, bluegill, or largemouth, Lake Wallenpaupack has something for everyone and is an ideal day with your family, your pals, or just your own thoughts. If you need some gear before you go, stop in at Hawley’s Wallenpaupack Sport Shop for bait and other supplies.

As the largest tributary of the Delaware River, the Lehigh River is a fisherman’s dream. The water is home to a wide variety of fish, including carp, smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish, catfish, and muskellunge. Get great advice, fishing secrets, and bait and tackle at Willie Marx’s Bait, Tackle, & More in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, right on the river. Whether you spend a few hours or a weekend, this gorgeous location is perfect for leaving your worries behind and focusing on the fish.

Blue Marsh Lake is a manmade oasis that is home to multiple species of fish, including several types of bass and catfish. If you want to rent a kayak for your adventure, visit Blue Marsh Outdoors in Bernville, Pennsylvania. They’ll set you up with everything you’ll need. Experience the beauty of Pennsylvania alongside the tranquility of Blue Marsh Lake, and come home with a serious haul!

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The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Pennsylvania Thick forests, thriving wildlife, and year-round rustic beauty—Pennsylvania offers unique hiking opportunities for the beginner. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a leisurely jaunt or something more challenging, there’s something to suit everyone. For all the essentials, here is our beginner hiking guide for those exploring in Pennsylvania.

Let’s begin! If you’re interested in fulfilling yet not-too-difficult hikes, these wonderful trails have just that. From pristine rivers to sparkling falls, feast your eyes on the natural beauty of these incredible treks.

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Gear up. One of the most pivotal parts of a successful and comfortable hike is having the right pair of shoes. We’ve narrowed down a selection of some of the best hiking boots around. 

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Looking for a photo-worthy hike? These picturesque trails in Pennsylvania bring hikers spectacular sights. From eagle and hawk sanctuaries to trails decorated with remarkable flora, here are a few of the most scenic hikes in the state. 

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Whether you’re hiking just a few easy miles or you’re embarking on a more challenging, several-hour hike, it’s very important to have a way to contact someone. Here are a few easy ways to charge your gadgets if you run out of battery on the trails.

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8 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Pennsylvania Just because snow is blanketing the ground doesn’t mean you can’t still retreat to the great outdoors. For a fun-filled winter adventure with family or friends, head to the magnificent cabin camping locations of Pennsylvania. Not only will you have the comforts of everyday amenities, but you’ll be rewarded the rustic experience you’re seeking, as well. Here are the best winter cabin camping spots in the state.

Nestled in the beautiful Allegheny Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania, Gateway Lodge Country Inn in Cooksburg is the perfect getaway when the winter blues start to get you down. Each of the six rustic cabins has a deck for outside eating with a beautiful view of the surrounding woods. Accommodating two to eight people, the cabins are insulated with canvas curtains to hold in the warmth on snowy winter days, and a gas fireplace provides warmth and ambience. The kitchen has a gas stove, refrigerator, and microwave, and all cooking utensils, tableware, and serving dishes are included. Some firewood is there, but more can be purchases at the Main Lodge. If you choose not to cook in the cabin, there are several nice restaurants close by. Check their website for specials and off-season rates. 

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This large one-bedroom cottage is just right for an intimate time away. Located in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, the cottage is complete with a kitchen that has everything you need for preparing your own meals, there’s a gas log fireplace, and all the comforts of home. Minimum overnights are required.

Al and Brenda’s Country Cottages in Sigel, Pennsylvania, is a family-owned business located near Cook Forest in the northwestern part of the state. Open year round, the cabins offer many things to do during the warmer months in the surrounding area, and are a great place to get away for a winter retreat. Each cabin has a gas fireplace, kitchen, living and sleeping areas, and bathroom. Linen packages are available, and there are board games and a TV/VCR for use by guests. If you’re planning a family getaway, children under 14 stay free with parents. 

Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, Black Moshannon State Park is a favorite place to stay overnight, kick back, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. Native Americans called the place Moss-Hanne, which means moose stream, and the black water that is part of the park’s name comes from the tannic acid from the plants and trees that act like a giant teabag. Modern and deluxe rustic cabins are available year-round and can accommodate up to eight overnight visitors. Handicap cabins are available, and each has a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and microwave. 

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This beautiful cozy cabin is just the place to relax and regroup with your special someone or as a family. Located in Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, very close to Rickets Glen State Park, there’s plenty of space for a family of six or this can be a nice retreat for two. You’ll have all the comforts of home with a fully-equipped kitchen and all linens provided, but if the weather is good, you can enjoy cooking and eating outdoors. If you’re into exploring the area, there are 22 waterfalls and many hiking trails, and this park is one of the most visited in the state. Don’t miss this unique and lovely diamond in the rough. 

Open year round, KOA camping areas are a great way to experience a winter getaway with family or spouse. With deluxe cabins that sleep from two to 10 people, you can enjoy the winter wonderland of the Poconos in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, in style and comfort. Not far from Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and only an hour from New York City, your home away from home may include full bathroom, kitchen, and living area, or if preferred, no bathroom and kitchen. Ask about bringing your pet when you make your reservation.

Located in the northcentral part of Pennsylvania, Antler Shed Cabins in Benezette, has all the amenities of home with one difference. They’re right in the middle of the largest habitat of elk in the eastern U.S. Don’t be surprised to wake up and see an elk leisurely munching on grass in the front yard or watch a larger herd move up and down the valley as you drive by. Friendly owners will do everything they can to make sure you have a memorable time away, and cabins include fully-equipped kitchens and linens. Check their Facebook page for winter specials. 

Weedville, Pennsylvania, is the perfect place to stay for a time away. Located in the heart of elk country, there are streams and creeks nearby that attract many of the local animals, and it’s not unusual to see elk, wild turkeys, and deer around the area. All cabins have fully-equipped kitchens that include stove, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. Linens are provided, and the romantic cabins each have a whirlpool tub big enough for two. There are cabins for two to six people and a wheelchair-accessible family cabin. 

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8 Best Apres Ski Activities near Camelback Mountain With one of the highest summits in the Pocono Mountains, Camelback Mountain offers 38 trails, 16 lifts, two high-speed quads, a snowboard competition halfpipe, two terrain parks, and beginner, intermediate, and black diamond runs. Plus, you’ll find a tubing park, a repair shop, and kid care on this 166-acre resort with an 800-foot vertical drop. But, what happens when your ski day is done, but you are not? Well, ditch those boards, skis, and boots and come with us as we track down the best apres ski activities in the area! 

Of course, a big breakfast is critical to a great skiing experience the morning of or following your day on packed powder, and the Cook’s Corner is a quintessential all-American diner that serves up just that. Get eggs any way you like them, French toast, pancakes, cereal, muffins, and more at this small-town breakfast favorite. They also offer up lunch and dinner options that are sure to have your mouth watering. After a day of skiing the mountain face, you deserve nothing but the best, and that’s what they serve at the Cook’s Corner. 

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Sometimes, after a hard day’s ski run, you might feel like skipping the beer and wine and going straight for saki. Luckily, not more than 10 minutes away, is a spot that is one part sushi, one part hibachi, and one part party. This family-friendly dining locale includes menu options like filet mignon, scallops, lobster, shrimp, and steak, and you’ll watch these fresh ingredients turn into a drool-worthy meal right before your eyes. Plus, kids enjoy their own specialty menu.

This farmhouse-turned-brewery is, by many accounts, the most happening place in the Camelback ski area, and it boasts an eclectic pub grub menu as well as a vibrant live entertainment scene. Plus, you’ll find 13 draft lines, brick oven pizzas, fish and chips, jalapeno poppers, chili, soft pretzels, and more at this king of apres ski.

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When the sun sets and you’re finally ready to change up your scenery from white snowy trails to lively entertainment, you’ll get your fill at the Thirsty Camel. The spot shifts from a luncheon spot, where you can get belly-warming meals like their famous chili served in a bread bowl, to a live music venue waiting for you to jam out on the dance floor. Check their calendar for a schedule of shows.

If you are the age of 21 or older and luck is on your side, head to Mount Airy Casino. What happens at Mount Pocono stays at Mount Pocono, so try your luck with over 1,800 different slot machines, roulette, blackjack, craps, Baccarat, and more. Trade your hand warmers for poker chips and your ski boots for a nice pair of shoes. Best part is the casino is open 24/7, so no need to rush if you want to partake in some night skiing or Galactic snow tubing after the sun goes down. 

Dale’s is an excellent spot for a delectable cup of coffee amongst your ski buddies. Besides the unique blends of coffee, espresso, tea, and fruit smoothies, you’ll find gourmet soups, sandwiches, and burgers. So, whether you are packing up for the day or just easing into another run down the mountain, Dale’s is one local spot you don’t want to miss. If you’ve got the kids with you, they have quite the selection of delicious treats to choose from on the kid’s menu.

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You can’t leave the Poconos without experiencing a winery, and Mountain View Winery is certainly that… plus a brewery and a distillery. A short 20-minute drive from Camelback, this 100-acre winery is owned by Randy and Linda Rice and was established in 2009. You’ll find tours, tasting, and special events, and there is even an on-site bistro so you can get a bite.

After a day of shredding the mountain, your muscles are bound to be sore and achy. Head straight to Serenity Spa & Massage. This acclaimed spa offers treatments such as shiatsu massages, an aromatherapy massage, a foot reflexology massage, and plenty of other specialty massages. 

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5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Pennsylvania Nothing can unite a family quite like time spent in the great outdoors. Lucky for us, Pennsylvania plays host to some of the best campgrounds in the country, and boasts incredible options for families. Whether you’re testing the waters of a new activity, or continuing an annual tradition, truly great family-friendly camping options in state await! 

Located near one of the most family-friendly attractions out there, Hersheypark Camping Resort is a great option for both those who want to partake in the Hershey experience, or those who just want a relaxing getaway! Whether you bring your own tent or RV, or rent an available cabin, this spot is perfect to forget your worries and create lasting memories.

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Pine Cradle Lake is the perfect place to leave the world behind and reconnect with the people who really make life wonderful. Whether you rent a campsite or a cabin, this Rome Township destination is both beautiful and full of kid-friendly excitement. An 18-acre lake sets the stunning scene, and activities and themed weekends keep the energy high. 

Three-hundred serene acres in the heart of the Poconos already sound too good to be true, even without the added excitement of Otter Lake Camp’s offerings. Take a swim in the 80-acre lake, try your hand at bass fishing, play tennis on lighted courts, and pass any rainy days at the heated indoor pool!

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Nestled along the border of Moraine State Park, Bear Run Campground is an affordable, exhilarating option for families looking to spice up their summer. In addition to themed weekends, this Portersville location offers activities like horseback riding, sports, children’s gem mining, and even boasts an exciting game room for rainy weather. 

“Come as friends, leave as family,” is the motto at Cozy Creek. This wonderful family campground has spacious campsites and cabins, and plenty of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. Some of the activities available at Cozy Creek include fire truck rides, relay races, arts and crafts and movie nights. 

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Pennsylvania There are few better ways to get away than with a relaxing camping excursion. If you’re not quite ready to leave all your favorite modern amenities behind to rough it in the great outdoors, spending some time in a recreational vehicle (RV) is often a very happy medium. Enter the best RV camping sites in all of Pennsylvania, which not only act as a gateway to the great outdoors, but often as an affordable stay in otherwise inaccessible areas as well. Check out these awesome RV options in state, and get busy making lasting memories with the ones you love! 

If you’re looking to do some fabulous camping in Lancaster County, look no further than Country Acres Campground. This campground is conveniently located close to all things Amish, and serves as an affordable way to enjoy both cultural and natural intrigue. Open March through November, Country Acres offers many of the same amenities of a hotel without sacrificing the charms of RV camping. From free Wi-Fi to a beach-style pool to a fenced in dog park, the entire family will be occupied and satisfied. Guests can even take advantage of discounted tickets to Bird-In-Hand Stage shows, presenting Amish-themed musical theater. 

In South Central Pennsylvania, it’s tough to beat the RV camping experience presented by Dogwood Acres Campgrounds. Set beautifully in Newville, this campground has previously received national recognition for excellence, and one visit shows precisely why. Apart from incredible surroundings, Dogwood Acres puts on a great schedule of events for campers. From the annual Memorial Day Pinewood Derby race to Pirate Weekends to Christmas in September, this campground gives the rest a run for their money. 

Conveniently located near both natural and manmade attractions, Twin Grove RV Resort is a wonderful way to stay while you play. With both pull-through and back-in RV sites, all with free Wi-Fi and Satellite TV, parties of all types can be hosted handily. Themed weekends and special activities make for grand family vacations, and the amenities on site are seemingly endless. From 18 holes of both miniature and Frisbee golf to sports courts to an indoor movie theater for rainy days, this Pine Grove outfit is ready to give you the best family vacation of all time! 

Set on 80 glorious, mountaintop acres, Pioneer Campground is certainly one of the most beautiful RV camping sites in state, if not the country! Located on top of Sonestown Mountain, this location offers an abundance of animal life and natural beauty to admire while you relax in nature. Additionally, festive themed weekends, contests, and events make each trip uniquely exciting and lend to lasting memories. Be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of local events which elevate an already great stay at Pioneer Campground! 

If you’re looking to spend some time absorbing the important history of Gettysburg, there are few more immersive ways than with a trip to Gettysburg Campground. The amenities are expansive, ranging from organized activities to hayrides, and even an on- site RV repair shop! Combined with the incredible scholastic opportunities located just minutes away, Gettysburg Campground is a great way to pack a family vacation with equal parts instruction and exhilaration! 

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5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Pennsylvania The thrill of rock climbing is truly singular—a tale of operating both with and against nature in a single moment, stretching yourself to physical and mental limits, all for the glory of reaching the top. If you live in the great state of Pennsylvania, you are lucky to have access to some of the best rock climbing opportunities in the country, often with smaller crowds than can be found in more climbing-oriented states. Experience the Keystone State through the joy of the outdoors, and consider one of our picks for cool rock climbing spots in Pennsylvania! 

Almost unbelievably convenient to Philadelphia, Livezey Rock is a true local favorite for rock climbers. Hike an easy quarter mile to Livezey Rock, schist rock made climbable in the 1930s thanks to blasting by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Experience both quality bouldering and top rope climbing, with several available anchors. 

One of the best options for bouldering in Pennsylvania, Mount Gretna is a favorite that presents plenty of options! Climbers of every skill level can find challenging and fun opportunities, with hikes to access them ranging from between a few minutes to a half hour. Whether you’re looking to spend an hour or a full day, Mount Gretna is certainly a must-climb in the Keystone State. 

As one of the best sports climbing areas in Pennsylvania, Birdsboro Quarry offers a standout opportunity to spend time with nature and reset yourself. Enjoy a roughly 3.5-mile hike, and some of the best climbing in the state along the way! Experience a true climbing community with a trip to Birdsboro Quarry. 

Explore one of the best bouldering areas in state, accessible through just a short hike! Spot local wildlife, take in the scenery, and get a great workout all with a single visit to beautiful Gifford Pinchot State Park. Suitable for climbers of various skill levels, Boulder Point is easily among the best climbing in state. 

Though possibly possessing an unfortunate name for a climbing destination, Breakneck Rocks proves one of the best opportunities in state for the climbing-obsessed. With areas suitable for nearly every skill level, Breakneck is accessible by a short, lovely hike. This option is located on privately owned land, so be sure to remain courteous and respectful at all times to help maintain access for the greater climbing community! 

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