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Activities in the pa wilds

Do what you love, PA Wilds style! Known for our two million acres of public land, the Pennsylvania Wilds is famous for outdoor recreation. The region is home to the largest block of green between New York City and Chicago, two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, the largest wild elk herd in the Northeast and some of the darkest skies in the country.


Wildlife Viewing

The Pennsylvania Wilds is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities in the Eastern United States.

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Hiking & Trails

Trailblazers Welcome in all Four Seasons! The Pennsylvania Wilds is home to more than 1,600 miles of hiking trails.

Saddle Up!

Horseback Riding

With our gently rolling woodlands, the Pennsylvania Wilds has many equestrian trails for horseback riding enthusiasts. The Allegheny National Forest and our State Parks and Forests maintain hundreds of miles horse trails available for public use. Feel the breeze in your air and take in the scenery!

Feel the Breeze

Motorized Recreation

Off-road challenges and hundreds of miles of trails for motorized recreation welcome ATV and snowmobile riders to the Pennsylvania Wilds.


PA Wilds Elk Viewing

Seeing majestic elk is an unforgettable experience! Welcome to the largest wild elk herd in the northeastern United States, found in the Elk Country landscape. As part of a major conservation effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission released 177 Rocky Mountain elk into Pennsylvania between 1913 and 1926. Today, this wild herd has over 1,000 elk!


Hunting and Fishing

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a game hunter’s paradise and an angler's perfect retreat. The region has nearly 2,100 designated trout streams, 16,000 miles of sparkling waterways, and 2 million acres of public land open for hunting at various times of the year. With dense forestland and a multitude of waterways, the ecosystem is home to a variety of wildlife.

Spend the Night


Dream under the stars! Enjoy the fresh air and calm of sleeping in nature. From state parks to the Allegheny National Forest, there is a wide range of camping styles and locations to choose from. From rustic cabins, to tent camping or glamping, the Pennsylvania Wilds welcomes you to make your bed in nature.



From highway bicycling, to mountain biking, trail biking and even BMX, the Pennsylvania Wilds is paradise for those who love to pedal. With beautiful scenery surrounding, biking is one of the most popular activities in the Pennsylvania Wilds region.


Water Recreation

Explore by Water! The Pennsylvania Wilds is famous for water recreation, with over 16,000 miles of lakes, rivers and streams to enjoy. Water Recreation in the Wilds is an ideal opportunity to disconnect and unwind.… wide open waters surrounded by scenic shorelines and forest land.



This adventure involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on the official geocaching website the GPS receiver guides its operators to hidden treasures waiting to be found throughout the natural landscape