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December 29, 2018

Celebrate the New Year with a ‘First Day Hike’ in the PA Wilds

Make your first steps of the New Year ones full of exploration and enjoyment by participating in a “First Day Hike” in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Meander the trails of the Commonwealth’s public lands with knowledgeable staff from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), state park volunteers, or simply with a group of friends.

December 27, 2018

Year in Review: Top 10 PA Wilds blogs of 2018

For those who didn’t have a chance to keep up with the blog all year, we’re "counting down" the Top 10 blogs for you to catch up on before 2019 arrives, starting with the most viewed blog of the year.

December 23, 2018

A Henry Shoemaker Christmas Story

Henry Shoemaker -- an environmentalist, historian, writer and folklorist -- was a big fan of the holidays, often loaning his antique sleigh for Santa to make a big entrance to local events. And only Henry Shoemaker would have written a piece about a local legend entitled “The Animist Churchwomen of Black Snake Mills: A Christmas Story.” Here, Lou Bernard relates the Christmastime legend involving mannequins and an old shop in the PA Wilds.

December 20, 2018

Sentimental Journey: From the PA Wilds to the Empire State

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Garrett Fisher flew a 1952 Super Cub from the PA Wilds to the Empire State, bringing him back to where his aviation adventure started.

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.