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ATV-Riding

ATV Riding

Explore the scenery on hundreds of miles of state forestland on four wheels. Before heading out, know all the rules, including titling and registration requirements.

Biking

Bike Riding

If your need for speed is on two wheels, try our state parks or the vast network of rail-trails for a spin on flat, family-friendly trails. If knobby tires and flying dirt are more your speed, opportunities abound on our state forests, offering some of the premier mountain biking in the state.

 

Boating

Boating

Whatever your boat, we have many opportunities to float it. Try canoeing and kayaking, motor boating, whitewater boating, or sailing, in our parks. State forests ponds, rivers and streams also provide outstanding scenic floats for paddlers in more remote settings and Pa.’s network of water trails is worth exploring.

Tent

Camping

Camping is still one of America’s favorite recreation pastimes. Our state park campgrounds offer traditional tent and RV sites as well as walled tents and camping cottages. Try a cabin or unique house for if you are looking for more amenities. State forests offer a more primitive camping experience in the remote woodlands.

 

Fishing

Fishing

Nearly all state park and forest waters are open to fishing. Find places to cast your line in our state parks lakes and streams and forests lakes and streams.

Hunting

Hunting

Deer hunting is popular on state forest land and helps maintain a healthy forest. And don’t forget about our state parks, which also allow hunting on thousands of acres across all regions of the state.

 

GPS

Geocaching

A hiking treasure hunt is the best way to describe geocaching. Armed with clues and GPS coordinates, hikers search for “caches” or hidden containers throughout the country and world. Many sites are located on Pa. parks and forests. To place a cache on state park or forest land, please read these guidelines first.

Golfing

Golfing

While there are a few traditional golf courses in state parks, one of the fastest growing activities is disc golf, where participants through Frisbee-like discs into “holes.”

 

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking is the most popular outdoor activity in Pennsylvania, and it’s no wonder with all of the outstanding opportunities, from short loop hikes on state park trails to long, multi-day options on state forest lands, to family-friendly adventures on one of Pa.’s rail-trails.

Horseback-Riding

Horseback Riding

Our vast forestlands provide ample chances to explore on horseback on roads, trails and across open fields. State parks’ equestrian trails and facilities are a bit more limited, but equally as beautiful.

 

Orienteering

Orienteering

Armed with a map and compass, visitors can exercise their mind and body at several state parks that offer orienteering courses.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Who doesn’t like a picnic? We have thousands of places you can have one in state parks and state forests. In our parks, you can even reserve picnic pavilions for a larger gathering up to 11 months in advance.

 

Rock-Climbing

Rock Climbing

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, try your hand at rock climbing at these few parks, or countless of opportunities on state forest land. But before you head out, know the guidelines, so you help us protect our precious natural resources.

Scuba-Diving

Scuba Diving

In Pennsylvania? Indeed, several state parks have places to dive deep into lakes or rivers. Certification is required.

 

Swimming

Swimming

What can be better than swimming on a hot summer day? State park lakes and pools can make your summer complete.

Wildlife-Watching

Wildlife Watching

One of the most exciting aspects of the outdoors is encountering wildlife. There is a right way and a wrong way to view wildlife. Learn tips and the best places to go.

 

Dog-Sledding

Winter Activities

Winters in Pennsylvania are filled with fun. We have it all -- snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, ice fishing, iceboating, and ice skating.