Pennsylvania State Parks have many special places. Find somewhere beautiful, unique or historic. State parks contain some pretty outstanding natural resources, from the 300-year-old white pine and hemlock trees at Cook Forest to the gorge at Ricketts Glen with its 22 named waterfalls.

Mountains and a lake can be seen from the vista at Kettle Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

Vistas and Overlooks

The best scenic views in Pennsylvania State Parks are listed here, with photos.

Harrison Wright Falls can be seen at Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania.


The prettiest waterfalls in Pennsylvania State Parks are listed here, with photos.


In this thumbnail, the large stone structure is an iron furnace at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.

Historic Places

Here are the best historic places to visit, including National Historic Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places.

A brilliant orange Baltimore Oriole hides in leaves.

Wildlife Watching

Here are the best places in Pennsylvania State Parks to watch wild animals and plants.


This is a yellow touch-me-not flower.

The Natural Year

Natural events and wildlife have their seasons. The Natural Year lists natural occurances throughout the year.


Natural Areas

The natural areas program guarantees the protection of areas of unique scenic, geologic or ecological value.


These big trees grow at Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania.

Big Trees

Big trees abound in Pennsylvania State Parks, as listed here.