Whether you’re looking to navigate heart-pounding rapids, explore a waterway via kayak, make the catch of your life, or a spend a leisurely day out boating, Pennsylvania is full of opportunities to enjoy its 86,000 miles of streams and rivers.
Pennsylvania has whitewater experiences for every skill level with four classes of rapids across the state.
Enjoy a stay in some of the 20,500 acres that attract millions of visitors each year at Ohiopyle State Park by renting one of 200 campsites available at Kentuck Campground, or make a reservation in one of the park’s yurts.
Jutting out into Lake Erie, Presque Isle offers miles of sandy beaches, biking trails, and hiking trails, as well as picnic pavilions, a marina, fishing, boat launches, environmental educational programming and more.
The Delaware Water Gap features 40 miles of the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, which offers some of the best and most accessible water recreation opportunities in the Northeast United States.
Whether you’re in the mood for a short jaunt through gorgeous scenery bordering charming small towns or a challenging multi-day adventure where you’re immersed in isolated wilderness (or somewhere in between!) you can find it here. Grab your pack, lace up your boots, and hit the trail.
The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, spanning 2,190 miles from Maine to Georgia. Approximately 229 miles traverse through long, flat and rocky ridges of Pennsylvania. The trails along the southern portion of the state offer some of the easiest walking on the entire Appalachian Trail, while the northern two-thirds includes steep descents into rivers and gaps.
The Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of almost 130 miles between Philadelphia and Pottsville. There are currently over 60 miles complete in sections, including a 30-plus mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford.
Tracing a section of the abandoned Rural Valley Railroad corridor, the Great Shamokin Path parallels the Cowanshannock Creek for 3.5 miles. Once a major trail that connected the two largest Native American towns in Pennsylvania, hikers can walk along the trail for views of western Pennsylvania.
Located in a deep gorge near Jim Thorpe, Lehigh Gorge State Park is characterized by lush vegetation, steep rock outcroppings and cascading waterfalls. These waterfalls are the prime attraction of the trail to Glen Onoko Falls, one of the state’s most challenging yet rewarding hikes.
The Standing Stone Trail is a hiking trail stretching 84 miles through Fulton, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties; the trail traverses Central Pennsylvania ridges and valleys from Cowans Gap State Park in the south, to Rothrock State Forest’s Detweiler Natural Area and the Mid-State Trail in the north. It was also named the state’s 2016 Trail of the Year.
With more than half of Pennsylvania covered in state forest and 121 parks to choose from, there is no shortage of breathtaking landscape for outdoor enthusiasts to explore.
Voted one of the Top 10 Family Fishing Vacation Spots by Game & Fishing Magazine, Pymatuning offers a range of family-friendly activities, including camping, swinging, fishing (of course), picnicking, and more.
This National Natural Landmark’s abrupt flatness and noticeable lack of vegetation make for a striking scene – one that has remained relatively unchanged for more than 20,000 years.
Kids are able to orchestrate their own “rock” concert here: the park's unique rocks make a hollow, ringing sound when struck with another rock or a hammer.
Flat rail-trails, rolling country roads and rugged, wooded trails take you anywhere. See Pennsylvania’s countryside, creeks, forests, and canyons on a leisurely ride on flat terrain. World-renowned, long-distance biking and hiking trails reimagined and repurposed from former rail lines offer a unique way to enjoy hundreds of miles of sightseeing on a flat, leisurely, family-friendly ride.
Designed by mountain bikers and built by the international mountain bicycling association, the Allegrippis trails at Raystown Lake is a premier single-track mountain biking trail system located in the eastern United States.
The GAP is one of America's best hiking and biking trails, stretching 150 miles from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, where it connects with the C&O Towpath to create a 335-mile non-motorized route between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
This 62-mile trail runs along the floor of Pine Creek Gorge and passes through one of the most extensively forested regions of the state, which supports significant populations of forest interior birds.
Recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) as an official Bronze level Ride Center, Greater Reading Trail Systems (GRTS) consists of more than 125 miles of trails in five major preserves, all of which can be accessed via the Schuylkill River Trail and range in difficulty from beginner-friendly to some of the most technical, rock-strewn trails anywhere.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Embrace fresh flakes on Pennsylvania slopes this winter! With 20 ski resorts to choose from with a wide range of trail levels, you can shred the gnar on almost any kind of slope.
The largest ski resort in the Pocono Mountains, Camelback features 34 trails, two high-speed quads, a snowboard half-pipe, multiple terrain parks, Galactic Snowtubing, and more!
This year-round resort and convention center offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, sleigh rides, mountain biking and more while featuring themed parks — like the Pittsburgh-inspired The Streets — that blur the line between urban and park riding.
Whitetail’s beginner programs have been recognized as the best in the country by the National Ski Areas Association, making it one of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard in Pennsylvania.
Often considered Pennsylvania’s best kept secret, Blue Knob is the highest skiable mountain with the most challenging slopes in the state, including groomed and non-groomed trails for cross-country skiers.
Famous as the world’s first refuge for birds of prey, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary contains a network of trails designed to allow visitors to witness these incredible birds in their natural environments. A total of 235 different species of birds have been sighted at the bird-watching mecca, including bald eagles, ospreys, raptors and peregrine falcons.
The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is a prime destination for both wildlife and nature lovers alike, providing unique seasonal opportunities for viewing a vast variety of bird species — most notably the annual stopover of tens of thousands of snow geese in early winter.
Presque Isle offers 10 miles of hiking trails that offer hikers a glimpse at the beautiful coastline of this National Natural Landmark, known as a favorite spot for migrating birds.