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Enjoy Outdoor Adventure in Pennsylvania

From fishing to hunting, skiing to snowmobiling, and hiking to biking, Pennsylvania has a wide variety of recreation and adventure as a part of the state parks system.

Enjoy rock climbing, exploring rock mazes, hiking, picnicking, and visiting the Devil's Dining Room at Bilgers Rocks near Clearfield. Visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and explore 70,000 acres of streams, mountains, cliffs, open green spaces, and archaeological sites. Or visit Black Moshannon State Park and enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing.

Head to south-central Pennsylvania and spend the day exploring the 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park. Visitors to the park can see the original furnace stack, millrace, a blacksmith shop, and charcoal hearths. Tee it up on the par 68 golf course, go fishing Rocky Mountain Creek, or go hiking in the 10-mile trail. For a wide variety of adventure, water recreation, winter sports, horseback riding, hunting, and disc golf are offered at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, PA.

Bilger’s Rocks

Set in Clearfield County, Bilger’s Rocks is a popular rock formation set in central Pennsylvania in Grampian near Clearfield. Bilger’s visitors enjoy rock climbing, exploring rock mazes, and visiting the Devil's Dining Room.

Other activities at Bilger’s Rocks include hiking, picnicking, and educational workshops, plus the Bilgers Rocks Country Store. The site also hosts events like the Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Enjoy a full day of outdoor adventures when you explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Plan your next trip tp Pennsylvania and head northeast – the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is only minutes from both Matamoras and Tannersville.

Established in 1965, the Delaware Water Gap is 70,000 acres of nature – streams, mountains, cliffs, open expanses, and even archaeological sites. You can enjoy some time on the 40-mile stretch of Delaware River running through the Delaware Water Gap, or hike the 27 miles of Appalachian Trail.

Black Moshannon State Park

Founded in 1937, Black Moshannon State Park is set in Centre County on over 3,000 acres. Located near Clearfield in central Pennsylvania, Black Moshannon is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

Black Moshannon State Park features the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area and Black Moshannon Lake. Outdoor recreation include hiking, biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing – plus leisurely activities like fishing, bird watching, and picnicking.

Caledonia State Park

Recreational enthusiasts in the Keystone State have plenty of options for fun, while traveling along U.S. Route 30 in south-central Pennsylvania. Spend the day exploring the 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park, located east of Fayetteville on South Mountain.

This beautiful park was established on the site of a charcoal iron works company from 1837. Visitors to the park can still see the original furnace stack, millrace, blacksmith shop, and charcoal hearths. Lace up your hiking shoes for the 10 miles of hiking trails, or bring your clubs for the park's 18-hole, par 68 golf course – one of the oldest in the region.

Drop a fishing line in the Rocky Mountain Creek, to try your best at catching brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. Take a break to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at one of the many of picnic spots.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Established in 1961, the Gifford Pinchot State Park is located in central Pennsylvania – just 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. Named after former Pennsylvania Governor and famed American forester, Gifford Pinchot State Park contains over 2,000-acres of parkland, including the 340-acre Pinchot Lake.

The Gifford Pinchot State Park features activities throughout the year. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy over 18 miles of trail, from easy hikes like the Alpine Trail to difficult treks such as the 8.5 Lakeside Trail – and part of the Mason-Dixon Trail.

Water recreation, winter sports, horseback riding, hunting, and disc gold are also available at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Hartwood Acres Park

Those ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of Steel City, have a wonderful opportunity just northwest of Pittsburgh. Hartwood Acres Park features 629 acres of land, ready for exploration in Pittsburgh. Enjoy the short 10-mile drive out of the city, to reach this beautiful park, the crown jewel of the county. Once there, visitors have the option to walk, bicycle, horseback ride, or cross country ski along the 30 miles of trails.

During the summer months, enjoy one of the theater performances, music concerts or festivals held at the park's amphitheater. The park is also the home of the 1929 Tudor-style Hartwood Mansion, gardens, gate lodge, and stables. The Festival of Lights during the holidays is a sight to see.

Parker Dam State Park

Established in 1936, Parker Dam State Park covers almost 1,000 acres of central Pennsylvania within the Moshannon State Forest. Set in Clearfield County north of Clearfield itself, the park is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

A Pennsylvania State Park Natural Monument, Parker Dam is home to the 20-acre Parker Lake. Recreation at Parker Dam includes boating, fishing, hunting, and cross-country skiing, plus hiking within the Quehanna Trail System.

Pennsylvania State Game Lands

The Northcentral Region of the Pennsylvania State Game Lands serves a multitude of counties in central Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dutch Country, like Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Union.

Ideal for fishing, hunting, and trapping, the land is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Other activities on the Pennsylvania SGL include cycling, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and hunting education classes.

Curwensville Lake

The site of the Curwensville Dam, Curwensville Lake is set in central Pennsylvania just south of Clearfield. The 790-acre Curwensville Lake is ideal for boating and fishing – and visitors are known to reel in plenty of bass, northern pike, panfish, pickerel, and walleye.

The area surrounding Curwensville Lake features biking, hiking, hunting, and picnicking. Open daily from damn to sunset, this pet-friendly park also offers playgrounds and swimming areas for those traveling with children.

Panther Hollow Lake

While in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh, take time to enjoy the outdoors. Visit Panther Hollow Lake located on the east side of downtown Pittsburgh in Schenley Park, for a wonderful day outside.

Lace up comfortable shoes for walking along the park's hiking trails and be sure to check out the historical Panther Hollow Bridge, built in 1897. Bring your camera to capture a picture of the four bronze panthers adorning the bridge. While at the park, schedule enough time to tour the adjacent University of Pittsburgh campus, to round our your visit.

This historical man-made lake, created in the 1880s, has been surrounded by a recreational area since it was established. The lake was named for the mountain lions that used to be native in the area.