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://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:45:07 -0600 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. 

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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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, gonefishingmarina78.com) can set up a charter trip for you. If it’s booked up, try Star Island Yacht Club (631-668-5052, starislandyc.com) or Montauk Marine Basin (631-668-5900, marinebasin.com).

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Down south, talk to the folks at Captain Hogg’s Charter Service (757-876-1590, captainhoggscharters.com) about fishing around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Overdrawn Charters  (252-202-4623, overdrawncharters.com) 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.

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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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10 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Pennsylvania There’s no better place for fall activities than the great state of Pennsylvania. Whether your favorite fall activity is a nice hike in the woods, a scenic bike ride, an outdoor festival or the like, Pennsylvania comes to life with activities during the autumn season. Here are 10 outdoor fall activities you won’t want to miss out on this coming season.

Ricketts Glen State Park is enjoyable any time, but it’s in its glory during the fall months. There’s nothing quite like the view of rushing waterfalls when beautiful fall foliage is the backdrop. Bob Neff Tours will take you on a tour of “PA’s most beautiful state park,” where there are 22 “named” water falls! No matter where you want to go, Bob Neff Tours will take you there. And then to Texas Roadhouse for dinner after.

There’s really no better bike tour in Pennsylvania than Blue Mountain Sports’ Pocono tours. Choose from two different trails: The Lehigh Gorge, or the Historic Switchback trail. Perfect for beginners, the Switchback trail covers 11-18 miles long, and can accommodate 1.5-hour rides, or upwards of three hours. The Gorge trail is great for intermediate to advanced riders, covers 60 miles, and can be completed in about eight hours. (Or less, depending on how much you want to cover.) Admire scenic Jim Thorpe in all its fall glory while enjoying fresh mountain air.

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Another awesome outdoor attraction in Jim Thorpe is the annual Fall Foliage Festival, which draws an increasing number of visitors each year. There are fall treats, live music, beautiful foliage to behold, and you can even take a ride on the antique train! After enjoying the festival, be sure to grab dinner and drinks at one of Jim Thorpe’s best restaurants, like Moya or Stone Row Pub & Eatery

Fallingwater is, without a doubt, Frank Lloyd Wright’s master work. It’s a sight to behold during any season, but stands out even more during the fall months. Picture this: Amazing architecture atop waterfalls with picturesque fall foliage in the background. It’s truly a sight to behold. Those traveling to experience the wonder of Fallingwater can make their stay even more enjoyable by booking a room at a local resort or hotel, like Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, for example.

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What’s a better way to experience Pennsylvania’s amazing fall foliage than to see it up close? L.L. Bean’s guided fall foliage kayak tours allow you to do just that, while enjoying a peaceful kayak session too. Kayak tours take place in Gibsonia, Marsh Creek State Park, and Nockamixon State Park. We would recommend heading to Nockamixon, so you can end the afternoon with some hand-crafted fall-inspired ice cream from Owowcow Creamery’s nearby Ottsville location.

If you’re the unconventional type, you’ll want to visit the Wolf Sanctuary of PA this season. Located in “the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country,” the sanctuary offers public tours on Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday/Sunday, as well as private tours and a Full Moon tour event. While all tours are memorable, the Full Moon tour events offer many exciting fall activities like bonfires, BYO marshmallow roasting, live music, and, of course, tours of the sanctuary. Bring a blanket or chair, relax, and enjoy an evening with the wolves!

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The National Apple Harvest Festival has been delighting Pennsylvania residents and visitors alike with delicious fare, great music, beautiful arts and crafts, demonstrations, and more for over 50 years. The festival occurs the first two weekends in October and packs enough activities, events, and fun for folks of all ages to enjoy the entire weekend.

There’s a lot to do at Bushkill Falls. There’s an amazing series of eight waterfalls, hiking trails, observation decks, a maze, paddle boats, mini golf, and fishing, just to name a few things. Discover the beauty of Bushkill Falls—“the Niagara of Pennsylvania—this fall.

Herysheypark is a Pennsylvania staple. Whether you’re a PA native or from out of state, Hersheypark in the Dark is a fall activity that’s fun for the whole family. There’s trick-or-treating, 13 different roller coasters to ride, and a tour of Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica, all included in the price of admission. Make a vacation out of it and stay at one of Hershey’s three resorts! There’s certainly enough to see and do—you'll be entertained for the entire stay.

When it comes to admiring all of the colors of autumn, Longwood Gardens is one of the best places in the state where you can admire each and every one. The Autumn’s Colors event begins in early October and runs through mid-November. Visitors of all ages are welcome to walk through the outdoor meadow garden, enjoy the conservatory, walk through the woods, and admire the lake, while kids can play on the pumpkin playground and wander through the garden railway. 

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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 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Pennsylvania There are few better ways to pass a summer and make lifetime memories than with a family camping trip. Better yet, lakeside campgrounds provide endless hours of entertainment so thrilling the little ones won’t even miss their gadgets and gizmos. Whether you’re a rugged outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking to try something new, Pennsylvania plays host to campgrounds of every variety. From ready-and-waiting cabins to bring-your-own-tent, these sites are some of the most stunning in the United States, and all yours for a nonstop adventure in the woods! 

Set on a private, 90-acre lake in the glorious Pocono Mountains, Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort is one of the most beautiful and cost effective ways to stage a getaway in Pennsylvania. Family owned and operated, with an eye towards both quality and fun, this Waymart location is simply sublime. If you can tear yourself away from gazing at the majestic lake, activities are endless, from fishing and boating to themed, weekend specific group pastimes. Leave the stresses of the world behind and lose yourself with Keen Lake Camping! 

If you’re looking to plan the ultimate family vacation, you could scarcely do better than a trip to Otter Lake Camp Resort. Set in 300 serenely forested acres, this Marshalls Creek find boasts some of the best activities in state. From swimming and canoeing to bingo, movies, and organized sports, nobody will be able to cry boredom at Otter Lake, even on those inconveniently inclement days! 

On a 1,730-acre lake, set perfectly in 5,900 acres of impeccably preserved parkland, lies one of the most beautiful camping opportunities imaginable. With ADA compliant campsites, an amphitheater, and access to hot showers, the beauty of the great outdoors has never been quite this accessible. Whether you’re just looking to relax, or engage in all-out, camping excitement, Bald Eagle State Park is a worthwhile trip! 

Everybody loves Lake Wallenpaupack, but Ironwood Point seems to make everyone’s favorite lake even better! With an eye towards wholesome family recreation, and available boat slip rentals, Ironwood Point is just about the perfect place. 

If you simply can’t get enough time on the waters of Lake Erie, consider spending the night at Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Cabins and Camping. With 1,100 feet of picture-perfect lakefront, this North Springfield spot is beloved by children and adults alike. Additionally, as Lake Erie is both the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes, the fishing at Virginia’s Beach is among the best in the country! 

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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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