f you find yourself stressed and need a break, consider spending some time reconnecting with nature in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region.

The region has more than a million acres of woodlands, so you have endless opportunities for outdoor adventure here. In Cook Forest State Park, hikers can step back in time as you stand beneath the majestic Forest Cathedral, a National Natural Landmark filled with giant pine and hemlock trees, with some dating to the 1600s. Kayakers can spend a relaxing day soaking in the stunning surroundings while paddling down the Clarion or the Allegheny, two rivers within the highly exclusive National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Hundreds of miles of trails, from rugged backcountry paths to wide, smooth rail-trails, crisscross the region, and the area’s natural scenery and rolling hills offer an endless variety of trails for users of all types.

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The region is also home to abundant wildlife, including Pennsylvania’s wild elk herd, bald eagles, and the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Adventurers can explore the vast Allegheny National Forest, which is Pennsylvania’s only national forest. Restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries offer up the many flavors of the region with unique local food, wine, beer, and moonshine.

When it comes to a place to stay, travelers will find everything from a cozy cabin in the woods to a charming B&B, and from the convenience of modern hotels to “roughing it” at remote campsites.

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Free visitor information is available to help you plan your trip online at VisitPAGO.com.

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