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December 18, 2018

The anglers who fished these waters before us

Fly fisherman Nick Lyter has long understood there is a long and rich history of fly fishing in Pennsylvania. He's wanted to learn about the anglers who fished the waters before him, as well as their stories and secrets. Through collaborations with fellow fly fishers, Lyter has developed a knowledgeable network and together they've given rise to the newly established Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Association.

December 15, 2018

Leaf after Death: Explore the benefits of tree ‘litter’

Chartreuse budburst tinged with pink is a welcome sight in spring after a dreary winter. Deep green leaves radiant in the summer sun are appreciated for their cool shade. Autumn foliage painted in vivid colors can stop traffic with its beauty. But what impression is left on the leaves that have fallen to the ground, besides the tread of your boots?

December 12, 2018

Elk visit Bennetts Valley Elementary, create opportunity for learning

When you live in Elk Country, it’s not uncommon to spot elk. Sometimes they’re perched in a yard near the woods; other times they’re lying nonchalantly next to the road. The youngsters who grow up in this part of the Pennsylvania Wilds are used to these enormous cervidae.  But, who would have thought the elk visit them while in school?

December 10, 2018

Spend the holidays on the ‘Avenue of the Arts’

A colorful map to the “Avenue of the Arts" helps visitors to the I-80 Frontier City of Williamsport access the public art along Fourth Street and downtown. The map includes public art, performing arts, culinary arts, literature, and architecture.

December 7, 2018

Winter Fun: Outdoor Activities to Keep You Warm Despite the Cold

One of the most beautiful times to visit the Pennsylvania Wilds is wintertime. Although the lush leaves have fallen, the land is often sprinkled with snowy white dust, the air is crisp, and familiar views suddenly have a new aesthetic. New adventures also become possible.

December 4, 2018

Define Adventure – Hunting the Wilds

The Pennsylvania Wilds region of the Appalachian Mountains is home to some of the most remote, beautiful country. Within these densely forested mountains, you can find a wide variety of wildlife that you can hunt during the fall and winter months. Beau Martonik could write for days about all of the opportunities that are available to hunt in Northern Pennsylvania, but here he stuck to the one he's most passionate about: white-tailed deer.

November 28, 2018

Wellsboro: The Town That Saved Christmas

Here begins the story of how a World War, creative engineering and fast-thinking by business leaders helped Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, become known as “The Town That Saved Christmas” and Corning Glass to become America’s leading glass Christmas ornament supplier.

November 26, 2018

Covered Bridges of the Pennsylvania Wilds

Once plentiful, the number of historic covered bridges drops each year due to fire, vandalism, and weather damage. Estimates suggest that there are fewer than a thousand covered bridges still left in America, with 219 in Pennsylvania. Five of those lie within the PA Wilds, in the I-80 Frontier and the Pine Creek Valley. Almost all of them are on Covered Bridge Road.

November 23, 2018

Headwaters Mountain: The Triple Continental Divide of the Pennsylvania Wilds

This is something geologically unique to these Pennsylvania Wilds because Potter County is home to the only Triple Continental Divide east of the Mississippi River, where rainfall travels in three separate directions to the sea. At the end of a gravel road, in a pasture atop the mountain, raindrops falling in the same area, a mere few inches apart will merge into one of three springs. All within less than a thousand yards of one another, the descent of these three springs becomes the starting point for three major rivers and primary watershed divides, one north, one west, the other east.

November 20, 2018

Unconquered: Cook Forest

The 1947 movie “Unconquered,” directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was filmed in the PA Wilds. Watch the movie, and about forty-four minutes in, you’ll begin to see scenes that look hauntingly familiar. They scenes were shot within the Cook Forest & the Ancients Landscape -- and you can explore the same trails today.