Grab your tent or book a cabin — summer is the perfect time to explore the outdoor adventure paradise that is the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region of the keystone state.
With more than a million acres of woodland to explore, plus access to waterways, the darkest skies on the East Coast and more — this region of Pennsylvania is especially unique and serene.
Some favorite outdoor activities in the region, to name a few, include hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, geocaching, wildlife viewing and more. So while you’re planning your little summer getaway, or even looking ahead to early fall, make sure to put the PA Great Outdoors region on your calendar.
Here are a few suggestions for a great outdoor adventure — some you may not have yet considered:
The PAGO region is home to hundreds of miles of ATV and snowmobile trails. Twice a year, the region is even home to the Tour-de-Forest, a leisure ride that about 1,500 ATV enthusiasts head to annually. ATV trails are available on trail systems in the Allegheny National Forest and in Elk State Forest.
Go Horseback Riding
Looking for a truly unique experience while visiting the Great Outdoors region? Ride a horse amongst wild elk, or explore the gigantic Allegheny National Forest. Guided trail rides are available through private stables near Cook Forest State Park.
Hike to a Scenic Overlook or Fire Tower
Almost all outdoor enthusiasts love a good view. Hike to the Seneca Point and fire tower in Cook Forest State Park (or just drive up to see the view). Make a visit to Bucktail Overlook, also called “Top of the World,” and the Mason Hill Overlook, with 360-degree panoramic views of Sinnemahoning watershed and dark skies for stargazing.
Take in the History
At Scripture Rocks Heritage Trail in Brookville, find a hiking trail through 67 engraved boulders carved by Douglas M. Stahlman in the early 1900s, including Chapel Rock, where he lived and penned his journals. Also, mechanical buffs can’t miss the Coolspring Power Museum, featuring more than 500 historically significant internal combustion engines, depicting 150 years of development and its effect on 21st century industrial America.
According to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors’ website, you could easily spend a week or more riding horses, floating rivers, fishing streams, enjoying family amusements, relaxing around a campfire, and exploring all that the area has to offer.