Even with the chills of winter setting in, communities across the Pennsylvania Wilds aren’t shying away from family-friendly fun – indoors and outdoors. This season, communities from Danville and Du Bois to Lock Haven and Milroy invite visitors to join in an array of special events, festivals, and activities.
If you’re visiting Bradford on New Year’s Eve, be sure to check out First Night Bradford – a community New Year’s party featuring local and regional talent, art displays, and more fun, great for all ages. The party takes place across 15 locations in Bradford.
It may not be under the bright lights of Studio 8H in New York City, but the Friday Night Live shows aren't short on big laughs. Clearfield residents and visitors head to the Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre on the first Friday of each month for an open mic/variety show some are claiming is even better than its famous Saturday night counterpart. The first show of the season is TBA, but generally is early January at 7:30 p.m.
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The national parks of the Pennsylvania Wilds area include some of the lushest forest of the northeast region. Name after explorer John Cook, Cook Forest is a beautiful 7,000-acre area that is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hiking and biking. It is famous for “The Black Forest” and amazing scenery that has been used in numerous movies. For a fun time camping, picnicking, hunting, and cross-country skiing, Bald Eagle State Park offer 5,900 acres and over 11 miles of day-hiking trails.
Take a stroll along the trails of the Wild Woods Animal Park in Clarendon and you will see a variety of plants, animals, and unique geological formations indigenous to the Pennsylvania Wilds area. Time your visit to the region just right and you can see Punxsutawney Phil's annual Groundhog Day prediction at Gobbler's Knob. See Phil and other groundhogs anytime at Groundhogs Zoo, in Punxsutawney.
If you are into speed, Pennsylvania Wilds has several racetracks, featuring a variety of racing styles. Located at the fairgrounds, the Clinton County Speedway is a 1/3-mile oval track that offers exciting auto racing, including sprint cars and stock cars. Thunder Mountain Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval near Knoxdale that is open on Friday nights to dirt track racing, late model, 305 warrior sprints, open stock, pure stock, and mini stock cars. For more of a family atmosphere, check out Hummingbird Speedway in Reynoldsville.