Step Outside - Pennsylvania WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 Step Outside - Pennsylvania 144 144 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:47:53 -0500 10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Pennsylvania Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. Taking the family on a ski vacation is an excellent option in Pennsylvania. From the magnificent Poconos to the Endless Mountains, skiing and snowboarding opportunities abound in the Keystone State. Whether you’re looking to cruise down a double black diamond or you’re sticking to the snow tubing park, there’s something for the whole family at these 10 ski destinations in Pennsylvania. 

If you’re looking for a great destination for some fun family time away from home, Spring Mountain Adventures is the place to check. Open year round, it’s especially fun in the winter when you and your family can experience skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sit around in the great outdoors, or enjoy some hot cocoa in the warm indoors. Located in Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, this place is perfect for first-timers because it’s a great place to learn. If you’re not sure you’ll like snow sports, don’t spend money buying expensive equipment and clothes. Bring your warm clothes from home and rent the equipment you need at the resort. You can sign up for lessons, too. Fourth graders can sign up for a free season pass that includes a lesson, rentals, and a half-price lift ticket. 

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With over 330 acres to explore in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a great family destination. Build great memories with your family while you enjoy some serious winter fun. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, spa treatments, great dining and hotel choices, and special events. You don’t need a special reason, but your visit will be special for you and your family. 

The beautiful Pocono Mountains are the backdrop for the Blue Mountain Ski Area, located in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. For over 40 years, Blue Mountain has been offering family vacation fun and frolicking in the winter. With 23 trails and five lifts that take you to the top of the mountain for skiing and 10 snowboarding lanes that are open on a daily basis, fun is definitely on the agenda. Because safety is important, Blue Mountain also has a Learning Center that offers ski and snowboarding lessons for all ages. There’s no reason not to come!

Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between the two locations, Jack Frost and Big Boulder is one park that’s a great family destination for wintertime fun. The snow conditions are looking good, and don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something. JFBB has three retail shops that have apparel, helmets, and much more. You can even plan to dine while on the mountain at several great places that will satisfy anyone’s appetite.

Voted the top place to learn to ski in the U.S., Camelback Mountain Resort is also the biggest snow tubing park in the country. Located in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, the resort is open for fun for all ages. Season passes are available, and there are free surprises if you book before the end of March. There are daily activities and special events planned throughout the year, and there’s no better place to spend time making memories with your family. 

Located in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, Roundtop Mountain Resort is open for business and great family fun every day during the winter except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Ski and snowboarding lessons, including beginner classes are available on a daily basis, and there’s even a ski and board camp for kids aged four to 12. Trails are marked for easy understanding, and there are guest services, food, and other amenities on site, too.

Family fun and togetherness is the name of the game this winter at Montage Mountain near Scranton, Pennsylvania. Skiers and riders of all shapes and sizes will be on the slopes and down the lanes for a day of frosty fun. Airboarding is a new sport that’s been added to the list of fun things to do for those who aren’t sure about standing on the snow. Montage Mountain has 26 trails of the most spectacular views for beginners and experts, and if you’ve never gone night skiing and want to try it, you’re in for a special treat. 

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Endless fun is found on the Endless Mountains, of which Elk Mountain is part. Located in Union Dale, Pennsylvania, there isn’t a friendlier place to enjoy winter sports with your family. One of the many places throughout the state where you can ski, Elk Mountain was one of the first to offer it in the late 1950s. Now there’s a ski school, a maintenance facility, 27 slopes and trails, and the ability to help Mother Nature a little when there’s not quite enough snow on the ground. There are many choices for places to stay and eat in the local area so there’s no shortage of fun and food. 

Located in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, Tussey Mountain was opened in the 1960s for public use, and has changed a bit over the years. Now with 50 acres of skiing and snowboarding slopes, Tussey Mountain is one of the most fun places to go for winter sport activities. Open every day except major holidays from December to mid-March, Tussey Mountain has seven trails for skill levels from beginner to advanced and offers night skiing for those interested. 

Family-friendly Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, is a great place to learn your favorite winter sport. With the help of knowledgeable instructors, this four-season resort is the perfect family getaway. If you’re just introducing skiing and snowboarding to your young ones, you can start them off right with one of the educational programs offered at Whitetail Resort. There’s a mountain camp for kids aged four through 12, a “Ski with Me” lesson that allows parent and child to learn together, and private lessons available. 

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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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10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Pennsylvania Winter blues got you down? Heat things up by going ice skating with family or friends at one of the suggested excellent ice skating rinks below. If you’re new to ice skating, been away for a while and need to sharpen your skills, or just want to spend a little time gliding through life, here are our favorite ice skating rinks in Pennsylvania.  

When you visit downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, don’t forget to make time to stop by The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. Open from mid-November through the end of February, this amazing and unique outdoor skating rink has been updated in recent years to be bigger and better than ever. Admission is $8 for persons aged 13 to 49, and $7 per person for ages up to 12 and 50 and over. Military personnel get in at $7 with an ID, and skate rental is $4. Group rates and birthday parties are also available, and there is a pro shop on site. Additional information on skating lessons can be found on the website.

Located in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Callahan Ice Rink is a wonderful place to spend time when it’s cold and snowy outside. Open from the first week of November until the first of March to the public, this fully-enclosed ice rink has a warm viewing area for those who come to see local hockey games, a concession stand, and locker rooms. Skate rental is available and pricing is available by calling the park directly.

Sunbury Community Center in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, becomes a popular ice skating rink from Oct. 1 through March 31 during the winter season. Home for the ice hockey teams from Bucknell, Bloomsburg, and Susquehanna Universities, public admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students with skate rental only $2. Children five and younger are free. Season passes are available for families or individuals, and the rink can be rented for special private events. Open daily with Learn-To-Skate lessons available by the Susquehanna Valley Figure Skating Club, check the website for other special events.

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is an amazing adventure in urban entertainment and offers a unique wintertime activity for young and old alike. Open every day of the week during the winter, admission for adults is $5, kids 10 and under are $3, and skate rental is $10 with sizes from kid’s size nine to men’s size 14. If you don’t know how to skate, lessons are available on select Tuesdays.

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In an effort to provide fun activities for the youth of South Philly, Rizzo Rink is open for public skating on Wednesdays and weekends during the winter months. The rink is a hybrid facility, meaning that it’s indoors, but subject to weather conditions. Open beginning in November each year, admission is free and it’s only $4 to rent skates. If you have your own skates and need them sharpened, services for hockey, figure, and goalie skates can be done at the rink for $7 the same day or $5 for next-day service. There’s even a pro shop nearby where you can pick up apparel, shin and elbow pads, and more. And when you’re done skating, you can stop by the concession stand and warm up with a classic Philly cheesesteak and warm beverage. 


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Looking for a cool activity to do this winter? Visit Galactic Ice Rink in Altoona for a great time with family or friends. Open from the end of November until the first week of January, admission is $5 per person and skate rental is free! Sizes start at toddler size six and go through adult size 13. Helmets are available on a first come, first serve basis and remember to dress warm since you will be on ice. Stick and shoot sessions are open to hockey players who want to improve their skills, and run for varied times. Contact the rink for great fundraising ideas, church youth groups, school or non-profit organizations, or to reserve a time for your next birthday party.

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Flyers Skate Zones, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has everything you need to make memories of a fun family or friend outing. Admission is $10 per person and skate rental is $3. Not sure of yourself on ice? Take a public skating lesson and improve your skill. Interested in playing hockey? Sign up for the fun six-week program to increase your development.

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Greenwood Furnace State Park near Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, offers year-round activities for the public. Hiking, picnicking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, and more are available during the summer months. But winter takes on a whole new dimension at the park. Snowmobiling, sledding, and ice skating become popular activities. Greenwood Lake is the location for ice skating and there are plenty of parking places, heated restrooms, and a warming hut in a nearby pavilion. This is a public park, however, and visitors must be careful of changing weather conditions and ice thickness. 

If you’re planning a winter vacation to the Poconos, don’t forget to pack your skates for a great winter outdoor activity. If you don’t have a pair of skates, don’t worry. You can rent ice skates there. All ages and skill levels will enjoy the outdoor rink and can glide to their heart’s content amid the beautiful and scenic woodlands of the Pocono Mountains in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

The city of Bethlehem has the only outdoor covered Olympic-sized ice rink in Lehigh Valley. Open from mid-November until the end of March each year, public skating is a fun and frosty family activity for young and old alike. Open daily, admission is $6.50 for adults, $6 for young and senior citizens, and skates can be rented for $3. Season passes are available, and the rink can be rented for private parties for churches, community groups, non-profit organizations, and schools. Lessons are available through the Bethlehem Bureau of Recreation by trained instructors.

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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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Best Winter Weekend Getaway in Allegheny National Forest There’s never a bad time to visit Pennsylvania’s only national forest, but the winter may offer one of the best experiences all year. Allegheny National Forest features dozens of recreation areas and plenty to do when temperatures drop, making this middle of nowhere forest the perfect winter escape from the daily grind. From adorable cabin camping to the thrill of ATVing, here’s how to have the perfect winter weekend getaway at Allegheny National Forest. 

Willow Bay is one of the few camping areas that are open year-round. You can book a reservation here through October, but after that it’s first come first served. Cabins, hookups, and walk-in campsites are all available. 

This hiking area provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities of the whole forest. Open year-round, the area is home to numerous waterfowl, over a dozen man-made ponds, and over 11 miles of interconnecting trails. Visitors can enjoy hiking on foot, or bring their mountain bikes, snowshoes, or cross-country skis.

The Timberline Trail system features almost 40 miles of off-roading trails primed for adventure. ATVs and dirt bikes are welcome here, giving you plenty of ways to play. For an added bonus, this trail system also allows for OHV camping along any of the trails and at the Timberline ATV trailhead.

The Laurel Mill trail is only open in January for cross-country skiing, so you’ll want to plan your visit accordingly. This trail system spans a total of 10.7 miles, with interconnecting loops so you can make your trek as short or long as you can handle. Trails are well-marked and open 24 hours a day. 

Known for its lengthy fishing pier and located across from the Willow Bay Recreation Area, this site makes the perfect spot for ice fishing. The area is located on the shores of Kinzua Lake close to the NY/PA border. 

There’s no such thing as a bad meal at this long-standing outpost. Folks traveling to the national forest make it a tradition to stop here for hot pizza, ice cream, and other fare that will live you full and satisfied. The service makes you feel right at home, and you’ll want to make coming here part of your travel routine.

If you’ve got your sights set on adventure, you’ll want to stop by this outfitter to complete the experience. They have everything you need for a winter weekend getaway in the national forest, from camping gear to cozy apparel to daypacks and more. If you forgot to pack it, they likely have you covered.

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Visiting this little winery is the easy choice: deciding which bottle to take home with you is a bit more difficult. Their tasting room and gift shop blend carry the woodsy theme of the Allegheny National Forest, making you feel like the winery is just a natural part of the area. They carry a variety of reds, whites, blushes, and fruit wines for you to sip, sample, and savor.

This one of a kind gift shop is truly a sight to behold. You’ll want to explore its eclectic variety of oddities (and maybe take a few home with you!), and linger in its museum showcasing relics of the 20th century. It’s a fun, relaxing experience for all ages, and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the area.

Tucked away on the shores of the Allegheny Reservoir, you get some of the best views of the area with every meal. Prices and portions are budget- and appetite-friendly. Even when it’s cold outside, you just can’t beat a meal at the lake.  

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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 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Pennsylvania There are few things more dazzling than when the leaves begin to change, and a crispness enters the air. For residents of the Keystone State, viewing foliage is as easy as looking out the window or going for a short drive, but there’s nothing quite like being in the thick of things and viewing that annual explosion of color from the inside out. Get a whole new view on autumn’s art, and some exercise while you’re at it, with our picks for best foliage hiking in Pennsylvania! 

If you’re looking to dig into a longer hike, the Beaver Meadows Hiking Trail System is a tremendous option in the Pennsylvanian Northwest. A collection of quality trails, including the Beaver Meadows Loop, Seldom Seen Trail, Salmon Creek Loop, Penoke Path, and the Lakeside Loop, allow for a stunning variety of terrain and views. Truly a treasure of the Keystone State, the Beaver Meadow’s Hiking Trail System measures just over seven miles of accessible terrain, and makes for some of the best leaf peeping in the state. 

Many of the trails at Big Pocono State Park are steep, as it is a mountaintop. If you are a highly inexperienced hiker, you may want to practice with some easier hikes before you visit. Indian Trail is a stunning trek, offering a beautiful vista from the eastern cliffs. During the fall, this park truly comes to life with vibrant color.  

Another phenomenal opportunity to combine important national and state history with a beautiful day in the great outdoors, the four-mile Johnny Reb Trail at Gettysburg National Military Park is tough to beat. The trail was arranged by the local Boy Scouts of America Council, and aims to serve as a Confederate’s-eye view of the battle of Gettysburg. Experience the monuments and landmarks of this pivotal battle, set against nature’s most beautiful display—a transformational experience to be remembered for years to come. 

Another shining opportunity for a longer hike, the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail combines the grandeur of fall foliage with the stunning beauty of Lake Erie. Measuring in at 13.5 miles, this trail brings you the best of Presque Isle State Park with one convenient trek. Spot the leaves reflected against the incredible waters of Lake Erie, and even take a breathtaking break on the beach with one of the best foliage hikes in Pennsylvania! This trail is also ADA accessible. 

The magnificent, sprawling Rothrock State Forest boasts nearly 300 miles of hiking trails over 215,000 beautiful acres. The Mid-State Trail is a 326-mile cross-country trail that stretches from Green Ridge State Forest in Maryland to the Finger Lakes trail in New York. Roughly 42 miles of the trail winds through Rothrock. This trail can be rather rugged and difficult for the inexperienced, so come prepared. Sixteen miles of the 70-mile-long Standing Stone Trail also meanders through this state forest. This hiking here is also fairly rugged, but it affords some glorious views and interesting geologic formations.  

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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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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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7 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is home to a variety of bucolic places to camp out in the fall. From the breathtaking views of the Poconos to the shores of Lake Erie, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Boating, fishing, hiking, or just pitching a ten, sets the stage for making a lifetime of memories. Many of the areas are pet friendly. Just be sure to check before heading out. And always, remember to clean up after yourself and your furry family member! Here are seven perfect fall camping spots in Pennsylvania. 

This pet-friendly campground situated in the amazing Pocono Mountains offers an array of campsites, cabin rentals, and RV sites sure to please everyone. There are four sites to choose from: tent, camper, field, and seasonal, and four cabin type rentals. Seasonal sites allow you to save money and wear and tear on your vehicle. With management approval, you can even customize your site! Some amenities include electric hookups, sanitary dump station, and sewer hookups. Planning that big family reunion or other get-togethers? Field sites are available that include common water and electric hookups with nearby bath facilities. If you want to explore activities outside the campgrounds, there are plenty of nearby shopping venues. 

Formerly known as Hill’s Family Campground, the Presque Isle Passage RV Park and Cabin Rentals is just seven miles from Presque Isle Beach, which was voted the No. 1 freshwater beach in North America. Open year round, campers love the many types of accommodations available: tent camping, RVs, small mobile homes, and yurts. Guests will need to bring their own linens, towels, and bedding for the rental units as they are not provided. This facility is big rig friendly with full hookup sites and a swimming pool. A camp store on-site is available for those forgotten items or supplies. This campground is also dog friendly. 

Nap time after a long walk at Presque Isle today with Mom and Dad πŸ˜‚ Daddy loves me and covered me up πŸ˜‰

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Snuggled in the Allegheny Mountains, Ye Olde Mill Family Campground in Burnt Cabins offers tent and RV camping along with RV and cabin rentals. See flour made as it was years ago in the historic and still operational Burnt Cabins Grist Mill on site. At the general store, you can actually purchase some of the fresh ground flour. Amenities here include water, electric, and cable hookups along with a dump station. Take some time to use this as your base camp for an extended visit or just overnight. Note: Although the website says the facility is pet friendly, the RV trailer and cabin rentals are not. 

Located on the upper end of Keystone Lake, Silver Canoe Campground offers something for everyone. Full hookup sites are available as well as cabin rentals and seasonal sites. Silver Canoe Campground has plenty of activities available in all seasons. Pets are allowed at this campsite but check for restrictions.

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Cherry Springs State Park offers stargazing that astronomers dream about. The park features a rustic campground with 30 sites, picnic areas, and dump station. Small observation domes are available to rent but does not include telescopes. This is a seasonal campsite, opening the second Friday in April and closing in November. Pets are not allowed in the campground. 

Located in the beautiful Rothrock State Forest, this park sits on 90,000 acres, and offers many recreational experiences such as hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.  Winter activities include snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. The park is situated on the edge of the Seven Mountains, a magnificent area that offers many wonderful views and solitude. There are approximately 49 tent and trailer campsites in the area. Campsites are classified as Modern electric, modern non-electric, and modern tent only. Pets are allowed at specified campsites and there is a pet fee. This state park is open year-round to camping and other activities. 

Located in Beaver County, Raccoon Creek State Park is one of the largest parks in Pennsylvania, and began as a recreational area operated by the National Park Service. Camping ranges from rustic non-electric to modern cabins. Raccoon Creek State Park offers many amenities such as the Frankfort Mineral Springs, educational programs, or just the peace and solitude that come from escaping to nature. There are some areas that are ADA accessible with ADA accessible restrooms. Some campsites are pet friendly but be sure to verify before bringing your furry friend(s). Make sure to clean up after yourself and furry friends to preserve the beauty of the park for yourself and others!

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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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9 Best Archery Outfitters in Pennsylvania Having the best equipment and supplies available and knowledgeable people to guide you through getting your archery needs is the foundation of a safe and successful experience. Whether you’re new to archery, a seasoned hunter, or competing at a championship level, you’ll find the top brands and great customer service at the nine best archery gear shops in Pennsylvania below. No doubt about it—they’ll help you hit the mark every time. 

Known as a one-stop shop for archery and hunting needs, Bub’s Archery & Hunting Supplies in Patton, Pennsylvania, has been providing high-quality hunting gear and accessories for over six years. Selling brand names like PSE, Bear, and Elite, Bub’s is also an authorized Easton dealer. No matter what brand you prefer, you’ll find it at Bub’s because they carry all major brands of compound, recurve, and crossbows and a full line of Easton and Beman arrows. Open every day but Sunday, the friendly folks at Bub’s can also help you with safety instruction, and how to keep your equipment in tip-top shape.

Knowledge and experience is what you’ll get at Jay Peake Archery Supplies when it comes to equipment and technique. Located in Irwin, Pennsylvania, Jay Peake’s is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Sunday when they’re open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come in and talk to the helpful staff with any questions and they’ll be happy to help guide you in the right direction. Offering competitive prices and quality products, Jay Peake’s is here to help.

Open every day but Sunday, Lynn’s Archery Pro Shop, located in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is a full-line archery shop. Carrying well-known brands like Hoyt, Mathews, Mission, and G5 Prime, you know you’re getting high-quality products and great service when you visit Lynn’s. No getting lost in the large retail store environment where it’s hard to find someone to help, you’ll get individual attention from the helpful staff here from the moment you walk through the door. You can also test your equipment at the indoor shooting range.

#Mathews #archery #girlswhohunt #InMyDNA πŸ’œ

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Williams Archery in Edinburg, Pennsylvania, is open year-round and has been in business for over 28 years. The mission here is to bring families together, offer great products from major brands like PSE, Parker, Ravin, Carbon Express, and TenPoint. If they don’t have it, they’ll get it. They work diligently to provide a forum for safe hunting, and owners Bob and Linda Williams are supporters and certified B.A.I.T. instructors for NASP. They also work with Centershot, a Christian ministry opportunity that includes archery as a camp activity. 

Sunday afternoon. Got the range all to ourselves. #hoyt #archery

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A trusted name in the business, Acorn Archery in New Castle, Pennsylvania, offers excellent customer service and nationally-known products like Hoyt and Bowtech. Whether you’re a novice at the sport or a seasoned veteran, you’ll leave as a satisfied customer because the attention to detail offered by the knowledgeable staff is second to none. Young or old, there’s a product that will fit your need. Open every day except Sunday, the prices are reasonable, and they have an indoor shooting range.

When people say the folks at RPM Archery know their stuff, it’s because the staff takes great pride in being the best and offering the best in all things related to archery. Located in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and open every day but Sunday, RPM Archery has a great indoor range that’s open year-round, offering the chance to keep your skills sharp. Carrying brand names like Hoyt and Easton, they have one of the best mechanics for bow maintenance in the area. 

Clarence Archery located in Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania, serves a wide area and is the exclusive authorized deal for Mathews/Mission and Hoyt products for Centre County. The experienced team at Clarence Archery can help with all your archery needs whether you’re setting up a new bow for the first time or you need guidance to purchase the right bow, accessory, or arrows. They also carry a great selection of archery apparel, and have an indoor range and an outdoor 3-D shooting range.

You can trust the experience and customer service at Gold-N-Gran Archery, located in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, and know you’re getting quality products from top brands like Hoyt, Mission, TenPoint, FUSE, Wicked Ridge, and many more. With a great showroom, customers can test bows and new equipment to make sure they’re getting the right piece for them. They have a variety of range opportunities available, including and inside range with four animal and dots leagues during the winter months, and a 90-meter FITA outdoor range in summer months. For those who aren’t quite ready for range shooting, there are two target 3D ranges open seven days a week. 

Norah taking her first "shot" at archery today. See what I did there? Haha!

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A world leader in 3D and target archery, Lancaster Archery Supply in the city of the same name, has a 10,000-square-foot showroom featuring bows and shooting supplies from well-known companies like Easton, Bear, Bowtech, Carbon Express, Axcel, and many more. For the last 29 years, Lancaster Archery Supply has been the go-to place for recreational, championship, and traditional archery needs. Open every day except Sunday, you can try before you buy in the indoor shooting range, or enroll in Lancaster Archery Academy for personalized instruction no matter what your performance level is. With indoor and outdoor ranges available, they take safety seriously, and make sure you have everything you need for a great experience. 

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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.

Tore them up! #limitout #eriesteelheadadventure2017

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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. 

~The Crankbait Wall~

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Best Places to Fish in the East This Fall A smorgasbord of baitfish is served up to striped bass in the fall as they make their way south along the Atlantic coast from Maine to their wintering waters in the mid-Atlantic.

Hot Spots To Fish: Deservedly, Montauk, NY at the eastern end of Long Island is considered a storied mecca for striped bass fishermen. If you’re not going surf fishing on the beach or fishing from a jetty, Gone Fishing Marina (631-668-3232, can set up a charter trip for you. If it’s booked up, try Star Island Yacht Club (631-668-5052, or Montauk Marine Basin (631-668-5900,

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Down south, talk to the folks at Captain Hogg’s Charter Service (757-876-1590, about fishing around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Overdrawn Charters  (252-202-4623, in Manteo, N.C. can help as well.

Tackle You’ll Need: Stick with 30- to 50-pound braid or monofilament and a 60-pound-test shock leader of fluorocarbon, with saltwater-ready spinning tackle heavy enough to handle 10- to 14-foot rods. Penn, Quantum and Okuma specialize in fairly inexpensive surf-fishing rods, and reels to match. If you have a reel, but no rod yet, the new Black Inshore Rods from Lamiglas are up to the task. The five spinning and five casting models range from a 6-foot, 10-inch light finesse spinning rod to a 7 ½-foot casting rod rated for lures from 3 to 12 ounces in weight.

Quick tip: The most successful anglers are those who spot gulls or other wheeling seabirds feeding on baitfish driven to the top by stripers and who then cast into the melee without dispersing the bass. From a boat, the trick is to approach schools carefully and take advantage of wind or tide to drift to within casting range. The stripers will stay up as long as the baitfish are hemmed against the surface.


Best Lures/Baits: The 4 1/2-inch Acme Kastmater XL spoon, the 1 ½-ounce Odin Popper, and the 5-inch pencil popper from Tsunami are popular artificials up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Other popular options include the 6- or 7-inch Savage Gear Sandeel Swimbait, 9-inch Sassy Shad swimbait and the 6-inch Rapala X-Rap SubWalk.

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For anglers who’d rather soak baits from a boat or in the surf, live or cut bait, such as Atlantic menhaden (peanut bunker), herring, porgies, eels, bloodworms, anchovies and mullet, can flip the switch on chaotic striper blitzes.

Photograph Courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism The classic approach to surf fishing is still a great way to take advantage of the striper run along the Atlantic coast. Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500
The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Pennsylvania Thick forests, explosions of color in the fall, 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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When the season changes, Pennsylvania lights up with color. The Poconos and Allegheny National Forest are just a few must-see sights during the autumn. Check out these locations and others as you explore the most beautiful foliage hikes in Pennsylvania.

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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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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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