PA Wilds Trip Itineraries

Save time & find top attractions in the PA Wilds

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Road Trips

Route 6 Motorcycle Loop Tours

Riding into the Pennsylvania Wilds on PA Route 6 via motorcycle? Check out the two “Take the High Road” Motorcycle Loop Tours developed by the PA Route 6 Alliance. Both tours take travelers along Scenic Route 6; however, the PA Wilds West Tour focuses on the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape, while the PA Wilds East Tour takes users through Elk Country, Dark Skies, and the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon.

Get the PA Wilds East Tour here.

Get the PA Wilds West Tour here.

Allegheny National Forest by Motorcycle

If looking for more fun motorcycle trips through the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape, check out the seven (yes, seven!) distinct motorcycle road trips developed by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau. This detailed guide includes a map of the ANF region and outlines scenic routes that traverse it. Each trip description includes hints on places to stop while traveling through the rural communities of the PA Wilds! Itineraries include: PA Route 66 to Kane / I-80 to the ANF; Longhouse National Scenic Byway; Eastern Continental Divide Loop (which goes into Elk Country!); the Tracy Ridge Loop; the Bradford-Eldred-Rock City Loop; the Allegheny Highlands (Scenic Route 6); the Southeast Gateway (starting at the I-80 Frontier).

Download the ANF Motorcycle Tour Guides here.

Bucktail Trail (Route 120)

The Bucktail Trail, also known as the Bucktail Scenic Byway, follows Route 120 for about 105 miles, from the I-80 Frontier city of Lock Haven to the Elk Country borough of Ridgway.  Named after the Pennsylvania Bucktails Regiment of Civil War rangers, the Bucktail Trail loosely parallels Interstate 80 and takes folks on a scenic view of the region’s back country communities. The one-day itinerary developed by the Lumber Heritage Region points travelers to 9 points of interest.

Get the itinerary at www.lumberheritage.org.

PA Route 6: East & West

PA Route 6 Alliance developed a simple four day road trip through the Pennsylvania Wilds using Scenic Route 6. This thoroughfare stretches the entire Commonwealth, and takes users right through four counties in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Get the PA Route 6 PA Wilds itinerary here.

Get the LHR Route 6 East itinerary here.

The Lumber Heritage Region has split the vast PA Route 6 into two segments to make it easier than ever for travelers to find the best stops along the way. Take one day to explore nine stops along Route 6 East, which takes travelers through the two of the renowned experiences of the Pennsylvania Wilds: Dark Skies and the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon.  Then, take two more days to experience Route 6 West, and make your way to 20 attractions throughout the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Get the LHR Route 6 West itinerary here.

Allegheny National Forest Scenic Drives

Looking for a fun day on the back roads of the Commonwealth’s only National Forest? Check out the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds in the Pennsylvania Wilds by car. Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau has outlined seven scenic road trips to get you started. In addition to providing a page for each of the seven trips, the guide provides a listing of amenities in the region, organized by community, to help visitors find just what they need along the way!

Download the ANF Scenic Drives itinerary here.

Railroads to Oil Fields

Explore the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Lumber Heritage Region, from the railroads to the oil fields, and take in historical sites and breathtaking scenes from the I-80 Frontier through the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds and beyond. In just one day, you can trek 133 miles — including journeys along the Kinzua Experience and Scenic Route 6 — and see 9 points of interest along the way.

Get the itinerary at www.lumberheritage.org.

The Natural World

Mountain Laurel Tours

Mountain Laurel, Pennsylvania’s official state flower, is a beautiful native wildflower that is celebrated annually come spring and summer. Special events are held, such as the Laurel Festival in Wellsboro, and many enjoy scenic back road trips to spot the wildflower. To aid folks looking to find Mountain Laurel, Clinton County Visitors Bureau and Sproul State Forest collaborated on developing a Mountain Laurel Tour for those driving along the Coudersport Pike in Clinton County.

Download the Coudersport Pike Mountain Laurel Tour here.

Learn about the Laurel Fields at Clear Creek State Park at www.visitpago.com.

Two Days in Cook Forest

Cook Forest State Park is a natural marvel and is celebrated through the designation of the Cook Forest & the Ancients landscape in the Pennsylvania Wilds. The park features an old-growth forest cathedral, many trails to get visitors close to the massive trees, and is home to a variety of wildlife. Nearby, plenty of entrepreneurial pursuits provide fun activities for kiddos and parents alike. In fact, there is so much to do, sometimes it is easier to have a plan laid out for you. That’s just what the PA Great Outdoors did.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

Walk with the Animals: PA Great Outdoors

Looking for two days of nonstop animals? Check out this two-day trip itinerary developed by the PA Great Outdoors. Not only will it introduce you to (or reacquaint you with) Punxsutawney Phil in the I-80 Frontier, it will help you find a petting zoo, a trout nursery, Elk Country, and opportunities to spot eagle, while also pointing you to some great places for grub.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

Check out their itinerary specifically for Elk Country here.

Allegheny National Forest & Beyond

The Allegheny National Forest is the only National Forest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Covering more than 500,000 acres, it offers some of the most breathtaking experiences. From water activities on the Allegheny River, one of two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the PA Wilds, to hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, to various communities featuring restaurants, shops and attractions for all ages.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

ANF Fall Foliage Tour

When leaf peeping season comes, it’s time to get to the forest! See the Commonwealth’s only National Forest — the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds — in a whole new light each fall. Explore the region and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of this woodland region using the Fall Foliage Tour developed by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau. Take a day trip, or spend the night, while taking in the nine unique experiences outlined in the guide!

Download the guide here.

The Region’s Communities

Historic Williamsport: Walking Tour

Explore the architectural wonders of Williamsport, the largest city in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Conveniently located in the I-80 Frontier, along the West Branch Susquehanna River, the City of Williamsport was once known as the Lumber Capitol of the World and today, Millionaire’s Row, serves as a reminder of the city’s heritage. Home to Little League Baseball, the city offers a thriving arts community. Many of the buildings featured in the walking tour were constructed in the 1800s.

Download the walking tour here.

Smethport Mansion District: Walking Tour

Take in the Gilded Era in Smethport and explore the history of this Scenic Route 6 community, located in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds.  The tour developed by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau includes over 30 stops, encompassing a visit to the Old Jail Museum, quaint shops and the historic Route 6 Diner.

Download the walking tour here.

Bradford National Historic District: Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of of early oil barons of the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape and marvel the architectural treasures that remain today.  “From backwoods to boomtown,” the Bradford National Historic District Walking Tour, developed by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau, helps travelers find all the not-to-be-missed attractions in this McKean County community!  The guide includes a brief description of 25 places to visit, in addition to the popular Zippo/Case Museum and Penn Brad Oil Museum.

Download the tour itinerary here.

Brookville & Beyond

This guide developed by the PA Great Outdoors offers ideas on attractions that entice people of all ages. Focusing on the small town of Brookville and the surrounding communities of Jefferson County, located along the I-80 Frontier of the PA Wilds, you can plan out a few days of travel in one sitting.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

Kane: A star in the forest

Unravel the history of Kane, located in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania along Scenic Route 6, and a stone’s throw from the Kinzua Experience. Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau distributes a map of the community, and outlines various amenities found in the region. Many of the suggested stops help visitors learn about the history of the area.

Download the itinerary here.

Clarion & its Neighbors

Learn about the I-80 Frontier communities of Clarion County and some of the family-friendly adventures found there. From museums to trails and overlooks, to motorized recreation activities and ideas on where to dine, this resource developed by the PA Great Outdoors can help you kick start your vacation.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

Punxsutawney: With or Without Phil!

While Punxsutawney is perhaps best known for one of its four-legged residents, Phil — the groundhog that reveals the length of winter each year, it also offers plenty of fun activities for the whole family year-round.  From the Weather Discovery Center to a classic Escape Room, the PA Great Outdoors has prepared a quick list of must-do activities while in the quaint I-80 Frontier community.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

Sinnemahoning & Emporium

Take time to relax in Elk Country, while exploring the remote communities of Emporium and Sinnemahoning. Take a pontoon boat tour while visiting Sinnemahoning State Park to see the George B. Stevenson Dam up close from the water, and be sure to stop into the state-of-the-art Wildlife Center while at the park. Then check out Sizerville State Park, the Sinnemahoning Water Trail, or the challenging Fred Woods Trail nearby before heading to the nearby town of Emporium to take in the local art scene.

Check out the itinerary at www.visitpago.com.

Specialty Tours

The Wilds Libations Tour: ANF

Looking for an adult beverage while in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds? Check out The Wilds Libations Tour developed by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau! Be sure to get a Wilds Libations Tour Card and take it with you to each location on the tour to be eligible to purchase an “I completed The Wilds Libations Tour” T-shirt!

Check out the ANF libations tour at www.visitANF.com.

Food & Wines in the Forest: ANF

Take a day trip, or stay the night, while enjoying good eats and locally-sourced libations in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau has developed a downloadable guide that points to eight unique experiences and key places to visit for traveling foodies.

Download the guide here.

American Made, American Proud

Looking to explore the grit and perseverance of early Pennsylvania Wilds entrepreneurs? Take in five unique experiences in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds utilizing the “American Made, American Proud” guide developed by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau. The guide points travelers to ANF-based industry centers that help tell the region’s history: the Eldred World War II Museum, Penn Brad Oil Museum, and Zippo/Case Museum, to name a few.

Download the guide here.

Journeys & Landscapes

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Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds

Covering more than 500,000 acres, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is Pennsylvania’s only national forest. It dominates the western end of the Pennsylvania Wilds and contains within it and around it some of the region’s most treasured places and experiences.

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Cook Forest and the Ancients

Known as a land of giants because of the “forest cathedral” of ancient pines and hemlocks, this landscape is an ode to the majesty of the Pennsylvania Wilds and home to many of the tallest hemlock and pine trees in the Northeast. If an adventure among Cook Forest & The Ancients sounds mystifyingly exciting to you, rest assured that you’ll rest well during your exploration. So what are you waiting for? The Ancients are calling. Come see some of the tallest pine trees in the Northeast.

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Dark Skies

Inspiring awe and delight, Dark Skies is home to the world’s second certified International Dark-Sky Park. Cherry Springs State Park is world-famous for being one the best places in the USA for stargazing and the study of astronomy. But these mesmerizing, star-filled skies are JUST the beginning.

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Elk Country

This is a place that lives up to its name. Home to the largest free-roaming elk herd in the northeastern United States, Elk Country features two large visitor centers to welcome you. If you come to Elk Country for the Elk, you won’t be disappointed. But if you stick around to see what’s all around you, you’ll be delighted you did.

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I-80 Frontier

Whether you’re coming from the east, south or west, the I-80 Frontier is the quintessential welcome mat to the Pennsylvania Wilds. With its proximity to Pennsylvania’s southern population centers of Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, not to mention close by New York City, and Cleveland on the western side, it’s easy to plan a trip for each season. Home to forested state parks and storied towns and places, any given exit off the interstate is a surefire way to find and explore the natural and hidden wonders of the region.

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Pine Creek Valley and The PA Grand Canyon

The Eastern Gateway to the PA Wilds...If it’s your first visit to the region, the PA Grand Canyon is a must see and one of the perfect ways to orient your mind and senses to the wonders of the Wilds. But once you’ve delighted in the Pine Creek Gorge views, you’ll soon discover that this scenic and unique landscape is best discovered from multiple vantage points.