The Pennsylvania Wilds is a two million-acre region in the northcentral part of the Commonwealth. It is composed of twelve unique counties with their own distinct heritage, character, and outdoor opportunities. The PA Wilds includes over two million-acres of forestland and 13 state parks, with myriad hiking trails, streams to kayak, and unique features to explore. There is so much to do in the Wilds; spend a day, a week, or a lifetime getting to know the region.
Some of the highlights of the PA Wilds include:
- One of the darkest places on the eastern U.S., where stargazing can’t be beat, is Cherry Springs State Park. Attend a star party or rent one of their telescopes to see the Milky Way and beyond.
- Why travel across the country when you can see the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, also known as the Pine Creek Gorge. Colton Point and Leonard Harrison state parks are great places to see the canyon and camp overnight.
- Enjoy heights? Then check out Kinzua Viaduct at Kinzua Bridge State Park, one of the world’s largest and tallest viaducts, where you can stand on a glass platform at the end of the pedestrian walkway, 300 feet up in the air!
- Is wildlife your thing? Then go elk watching, especially in the fall, when the male elk bugle to impress the females. You can see and hear the elk bugling here.
- When you’re done trekking in the outdoors, stop by one of the many top-notch restaurants, wineries, or breweries to whet your whistle and stop your stomach from growling.
- And when it’s time to get some shut eye, lay your head down at one of the many bed and breakfasts, camp grounds, or cabins located throughout the region. You’ll get a good night’s sleep and meet some interesting and knowledgeable locals.