One of the most popular attractions in the Allegheny National Forest is the Kinzua Sky Walk—and with good reason.
Towering 301 feet over the valley below, Kinzua Sky Walk provides magnificent views, not to mention a memorable lesson on history, architecture, and the power of Mother Nature. Not only can you walk 600 feet out to the center of the gorge on the reinforced railroad tracks, but you can learn all about what was once the Eighth Wonder of the World in the state-of-the-art, interactive visitors center.
But, there’s even more to do in this 513,000-acre haven located in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Hikers can find a wealth of trails for every level of ability, from the 96.6-mile North Country National Scenic Trail, which stretches across seven states and 12 national forests, to the Rimrock Overlook, a 1.3-mile pedestrian trail providing a dramatic view of the Allegheny Reservoir hundreds of feet below.
Bikers can take advantage of Jakes Rocks Mountain Biking Trail, which offers more than 30 miles of stacked trails for riders of all skill levels. Water enthusiasts can boat, water ski, swim, and sail on the 24-mile reservoir in the Willow Bay Recreation Area, as well as enjoy picnics and evenings around the firepit.
Even if you prefer to stay in the car—or on a motorcycle—you can still savor scenic views along the Longhouse National Scenic Byway, a popular road trip that circles the Kinzua Creek arm of the Allegheny Reservoir. This 36-mile loop that begins in Kane, Pa., takes you through some of the Allegheny National forest’s most stunning scenery.