If you love the outdoors, then you are in the right state. Pennsylvania has no shortage of places to go or things to do outside. And while you are out there, take note of our special lands and waters, and what we all can do to protect them.
Places to go, things to see. Our award-winning state park system has 120 locations; there are probably several located just a short distance from your home. And if seeing lots of trees and vistas makes you happy, a visit to our 2.2 million acres of state forest should be on your bucket list.
Thousands of miles of trails criss-cross the state providing endless recreational choices for hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, skiers, snowmobilers and ATV riders. More than 10,000 miles of those trails are located on this website: www.ExplorePATrails.com.
If interesting geologic features are what drag you off the couch, Pennsylvania has plenty to keep you active. Whet your appetite before you venture out with some virtual geologic field trips. Fossil and mineral hunting is a different kind of how sport; visit this site for expert Pennsylvania advice.
If exploring Pennsylvania’s lands and waters alone makes you a little nervous, let us guide you. Our Get Outdoors PA program offers hundreds of recreation programs led by our seasoned programmers.
And remember, before you plan your travels throughout Pennsylvania, check out the state’s official travel and tourism site: www.Visitpa.com.
Outdoor Tips. Exploring the outdoors comes with responsibilities. While you’re enjoying yourself, help keep Pennsylvania’s lands and waters clean so many more people and generations can have the same experiences as you. The Leave No Trace organization has seven principles to guide you. If you are a boater or angler, it’s important to stop the spread of invasive aquatic species. Learn how.
Volunteering. Our public lands need your help. Consider pitching in a little time to help clean up litter, plant trees or repair a trail. There are more jobs than people, so we could use your help. Become a Conservation Volunteer today! The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation has nearly 30 “friends” groups across the state that are looking for more friends. Won’t you be one?
Events and Programs. From winter festivals, to guided walks and kayaking trips, to informative history talks, there are thousands of programs and events conducted each year in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Enjoy the outdoors in the company of others and learn something special. Check out the calendar for fun near you.
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