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.
It’s here you’ll find the most famous, weather-predicting groundhog in the world, Punxsutawney Phil! During the winter, brave the elements and make your way up to Gobbler’s Knob for Punxsutawney Phil’s annual - and always 100% right, do not question him - prognostication. If you can’t make it there for February 2 exactly, a visit to Phil’s Burrow, Gobblers Knob, and the Punxsutawney Weather Discover Center will do the trick. (Photos courtesy of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.)
The 968-acre Parker Dam State Park near Penfield offers old-fashioned charm and plenty outdoor fun! The park encompasses miles of trails used for hiking, biking, and more; a scenic lake and beach area; as well as cabins and a campground, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation.
Located approximately an hour northeast of Pittsburgh, you’ll find entry points to the Red Bank Valley Trail in Brookville, New Bethlehem and East Brady. Named DCNR's first ever trail of the year in 2014, the Redbank Valley Trail is a 50+ miles, non-motorized 4-season trail, beloved by outdoor enthusiasts and nature-seekers.
At the heart of Moshannon State Forest, you’ll find the 318-acre Simon B. Elliott State Park. This entirely wooded park offers picturesque areas of swamp meadows and a forest of second-growth mixed hardwood and oak timber. Just a stone’s throw from Interstate 80, the quaint park is a great resting area for travelers – or a fun day trip for locals.
Beartown Rocks in Clear Creek State Forest, Scripture Rocks Heritage Park, and Bilger's Rocks are all short drives off of I-80. Free to visit, these sites provide diverse opportunities to explore massive boulders and rock formations. Beartown Rocks and Bilger's Rocks are well known for their scenic views and Scripture Rocks Heritage Park, just a few miles south of I-80, is famous for its mysterious history and Biblical rock carvings. (Photo by: Rebecca Thomas)
Perhaps one of the most unique roadside stops across the Pennsylvania Wilds, Doolittle Station offers a variety of unique dining experiences and other adventures in renovated train cars in DuBois, PA. The 1800 B&O Rail Depot includes the Doolittle Station Rail Museum and gift shop, in addition to a 50's style diner inside a 1950's Pullman Standard passenger car, fine dining in a 1913 parlor car, a bed & breakfast, and much more!
Covering 3,394 acres of forest and wetlands, Black Moshannon State Park is a conservation and an outdoor paradise with unique, natural environments. More than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest surround the park and help create a remote and wild setting that provides recreational opportunities in all seasons, including water recreation, hiking and biking, camping, hunting and fishing, and winter recreation.
The Borough of Bellefonte is known for its Victorian-era architecture and charming downtown, located along Spring Creek and picturesque Talleyrand Park in northern Centre County. Restaurants, cafes, boutiques and artisan shops line the streets, state parks are a short drive away, and there are a number of area bed and breakfasts ready to serve overnight guests. (Photo credit: Doug Bauman)
The 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park features wildlife and bird watching, camping, fishing, swimming and the LEED Gold certified Nature Inn – named the best eco-friendly resort in the country by USA Today for 2017. A 1,730-acre lake laps the flanks of Bald Eagle Mountain, surrounded by forests and wetlands.
Near Lock Haven, visit the Amish community of Loganton, an Agricultural Community with fresh produce stands and greenhouses, and a grocery store. Explore craft shops, with a variety of handmade items, including handcrafted quilts and fine handcrafted furniture. Learn about the traditional Amish way of life, from transportation with horse drawn carriages, to sustainable agriculture and more.
Did you know? Piper Aircraft were PA Wilds Made! At one point in history, Piper Aircraft Corporation was the world’s leading producer of general aviation aircraft. Originally located in Bradford (McKean County) the Piper Aircraft Corporation was moved to Lock Haven (Clinton County) in 1937. The company was well known for it's "Cub" aircraft, and a series bearing Indian names such as Aztec, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajo, and Pawnee. The factory was closed in 1984. Piper Aircraft Corporation grew to become the world’s leading producer of general aviation aircraft.
Located in Williamsport, "Inspiration Lycoming County" is the world's largest portrait mural. Painted by famed mural artist Michael Pilato, the mural depicts the history of Lycoming County.
Learn about the world’s largest organized youth sports program at the World of Little League Museum, with hundreds of artifacts on display and cutting-edge, immersive exhibits.
Once the Lumber Capital of the World, Williamsport had more millionaires per person than any other city in the USA. Take a walking tour of these lumber barons’ Victorian homes on “Millionaire’s Row.”
The Station Gallery in Lock Haven is a fine art gallery, located within a restored historic train station. The gallery features stunning art exhibitions, workshops, educational programs for youth and special events throughout the year.
Year Round Ideas
Held in March each year, this weekend long, free family friendly event features the best local and regional bluegrass musicians. Sponsored by the United Way of Clarion County, The Clarion River Jam hosts nearly fifty artists with near constant music and food vendors.Learn more
Through the generous support of local sponsors, Lock Haven provides free concerts throughout the summer on Fridays at Triangle Park, and on Sundays at the J Doyle Corman Amphitheater & Floating Stage on the Susquehanna River.Learn more
Sponsored by the United States Army, this 9 day award-winning festival attracts 500,000 people to Clarion to celebrate autumn with a carnival, parade, vendors and more. Photo by Kyle YatesLearn more
Celebrate with the world’s only true weather forecasting groundhog, and thousands of other Groundhog Day enthusiasts, on February 2 annually on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney! This world-famous event is an all-night party, as fans cheer on Phil with non-stop entertainment, awaiting news on the end of winter.Learn more
Western Entry: Less than an hour from the Ohio border on the I-80 Frontier’s Western Side is the tiny resort town of Foxburg, along the east bank of the Allegheny River, and just north of the Clarion River. Foxburg is a river town with quaint shops, and home to the Foxburg Country Club, the oldest golf course in the USA in continuous use. Golfers can play a round with early 1900’s hickory clubs with replica balls and even hit off sand tees. The PA Wilds 2017 Event of the Year is found in Clarion, for its annual Autumn Leaf Festival. Brookville is home to the Jefferson County History Center, and two nearby rock formations for hiking. Brockway is known for it’s summertime Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration. The Winkler Gallery of Art, featuring fine art and arts education, is located in historic downtown Dubois.
Eastern Entry: Interstate 80 is the eastern entry point to PA from NYC. Make a quick detour north to visit the Pennsylvania Wilds’ thriving “big city” of Williamsport, the eastern anchor for the I-80 frontier. Heading west, historic Bellefonte and nearby Bald Eagle State Park are perfect for a spring or fall getaway to welcome pleasant weather and scenery.
Roughly central to the 1-80 frontier is Clearfield, where you can grab a bite to eat before heading south to Bilger’s rocks in the tiny borough of Grampian, where you’ll gaze in awe at towering boulders and rock carvings set throughout the forest.
Going from west to east, three I-80 Frontier towns – Williamsport, Lock Haven and Clearfield – all feature beautiful riverfront parks and walking paths on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
If you’re a New Yorker, Clevelander, Philadelphian, or Pittsburgher, a visit (or two) to the Pennsylvania Wilds I-80 Frontier will undoubtedly change your perception on that long and winding interstate that welcomes you to your Wilds adventure.
The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors (PAGO) provides traveler resources and itineraries for a 6 county region that covers more than half of the I-80 Frontier Landscape, and serves as the western access point in Foxburg.
Near the center point of the I-80 Frontier, the Clearfield County Visitor’s Bureau provides traveler resources for Clearfield and beyond, including outdoor recreation, special events and more.
Located on the eastern access point of the I-80 Frontier, the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau provides traveler resources for Williamsport and beyond, including sporting and cultural events, outdoor recreation, historical sites and more.
The Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau offers visitor resources for the I-80 Frontier section that covers Clinton County. More than 60 percent of Clinton County is state land, available for public outdoor recreation.
In the area
Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co.
Alabaster Coffee is a nationally award winning micro-roaster + coffee bar located in Williamsport, PA. Established in 2010, we are a small, family owned business seeking to make a difference both loca... | 400 Pine St Williamsport PA 17701
Barton Street School
The Barton Street School House is a one room schoolhouse dating from 1874. It was transferred to the Historical Society in 1995 and houses memorabilia from local fire companies, early 20th century Lo... |
Broken Axe Brew House Inc.
The Broken Axe Brew House is Lock Haven's premier 21+ adult venue focusing on Pennsylvania craft beer. 21 Taps dedicated to Pennsylvanian craft beers rotating daily and locally sourced scratch made pu... | 429 E. Bald Eagle St. Lock Haven PA 17745
Covation Center Inc
The Covation Center is a 501.c3 committed to empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners. We accomplish this mission by providing a coworking space for businesses to thrive, delivering works... | 217 West 4th Street Williamsport PA 17771
hand-made soaps are carefully created with a cold-processing method to preserve the healing ingredients of natural vegetable and essential oils. Experience the difference in quality and essence.Our ve... | Trout Run PA 17771
By 1857, six iron furnaces had been constructed in Clinton County. Of these, only two remain -- one at Farrandsville, located 5.2 miles north of Lock Haven, and the other on state forest land accessib... |
Gateway Café.... more than just a coffee shop! While we have a great variety of specialty coffees, lattes, flavored teas & lemonades, smoothies, frappes, We also offer Homemade soups, awesome sandwi... | 1145 Allegheny St. Jersey Shore PA 17740
Heisey House Museum & The Poorman Gallery
The Clinton County Historical Society (CCHS) was founded in 1921 by a small group of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving local history. In the ensuing years, CCHS has grown much larger but cont... | 362 East Water Street Lock Haven Pennsylvania 17745
The science and nature designs of Jabebo Earrings are created for the unique gift shops and bookstores at parks, preserves, gardens, museums, and bird centers. Educators, scientists and nature enthusi... | 224 W. High Street Bellefonte PA 16823
Moshannon State Forest
Moshannon State Forest derives its name from “Moss-hanne,” or "moose stream," the Native American description of the waterway that runs through the area. The forest totals 190,031 acres on the All... |
Odd Fellas is a craft hamburger restaurant featuring delicious burgers, fries, and shakes. | 101 East Main Street Lock Haven PA 17745
Parker Dam State Park
The 968-acre Parker Dam State Park offers old-fashioned charm and character. A scenic lake, rustic cabins, quaint campground and unbounded forest make Parker Dam an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation.... | 28 Fairview Road Pennfield PA 15849
Ravensburg State Park
The park lies in a cozy, steep-walled gorge carved by Rauchtown Run through the side of Nippenose Mountain. A northern hardwood forest blankets the bottomland along this spring-fed stream. Talus (rock... | 17215 Buffalo Road Mifflinburg PA 17844-9656
SB Elliott State Park
The 318-acre Simon B. Elliott State Park is in the heart of Moshannon State Forest. This entirely wooded park offers picturesque areas of swamp meadows and forest of typical second growth mixed hardwo... | 2112 Old Route 153 Pennfield PA 15849
Susquehanna State Park
This 20-acre riverfront recreational area is in the city of Williamsport. The Williamsport Chamber of Commerce operates this park in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks. | 2205 Hiawatha Blvd. Williamsport PA 17701
The Station Gallery
The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, features fine art exhibits alongside local artisans' paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery, prints and more. They also offer... | 2 E. Bald Eagle St. Lock Haven PA 17745
Castanea Railroad Station
Much of Clinton County's History is tied to railroads. Local railroads carrying logs, coal, and passengers joined with larger systems, providing endless market potential. The former Lock Haven Station... |
Dancing Bear Lodge
Rustic elegance is a way to describe this lodge located in the heart of Pennsylvania just off I80. If you are looking for a comfortable place where you can enjoy the Wilds, interact with Old Order Am... | 2367 East Winter Road Loganton PA 17747
The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle
Recently voted the #1 Eco-Lodge in the Nation, the LEED Gold certified Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is the premier lodge, meeting and event destination within the Pennsylvania State Park system. With 16 ... | 201 Warbler Way Howard Pennsylvania 16841
Susquehanna State Park
Susquehanna State Park is a 20-acre riverfront recreational area is in the city of Williamsport. Visitors should be aware that restroom facilities are operated by the Hiawatha, and are available only during the Hiawatha operating season. Activities: Environmental Education and Interpretation, Fishing, Guided Outdoor Activities, Pavilion, Picnicking, Rentals for Activities, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing
Black Moshannon State Park
The park has limited cell phone service. A camp store is available with some supplies. Please check the event calendar for our latest programs and events. Cabins, campsites and pavilions are all able to be reserved up to eleven months in advance. Activities: Ampitheater, Biking, Camping, Environmental Education and Interpretation, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Geocaching, Guided Outdoor Activities, Hunting, Pavilion, Picnicking, Rentals for Activities, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Winter Activities, Visitor Center
Bald Eagle State Park
Hiking Trails: Some trails wind through areas open to hunting. Hikers should wear fluorescent orange clothing during hunting seasons. Trails are open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Fishing: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. An ADA accessible fishing pier is at the Winter Launch in the Main Park Area. Winter activities include ice-fishing, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.
Clinton County Visitors Bureau
The Clinton County Visitors Bureau is the tourist promotion agency for Clinton County. We offer maps on local trails and brochures on area attractions; guidance on trip planning, lodging and dining; a... | 212 North Jay Street, PO Box 506 Lock Haven PA 17745
PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau
We are the designated tourism promotion agency for a 5-county region consisting of Clarion, Jefferson, Elk Forest, and Cameron Counties, which is known as the PA Great Outdoors. Contact us for informa... | 2801 Maplevale Road Brookville PA 15825
Visit Clearfield County
Visit Clearfield County is Halfway to Everywhere! We are a tourist destination located in Central Pennsylvania. We offer over 1600 rooms so that you and your family can stay and play in one of the m... | 208 Plaza Drive Clearfield PA 16830
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