The PA Wilds is filled with bountiful outdoor experiences ready for you to explore! Regional outfitters and guides provide the expertise, equipment and services to help you explore the great outdoors safely. From backpacking and hiking, to paddle sports, mountain biking, and rock-climbing -- outfitters offer plenty of opportunities to put your skills to the test and get your adrenaline pumping!
In the northwestern corner of the Pennsylvania Wilds, in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape, you’ll find Allegheny Outfitters. This outdoor shop and livery provides outdoor gear for sale and equipment rentals for users looking to paddle the Allegheny River, one of two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the PA Wilds. The river passes through several campgrounds, trails, historical sites and other points of interest, while providing opportunities to spot eagles, heron, snapping turtles, white tailed-deer and many other creatures. Located in Warren, Allegheny Outfitters is open 7 days a week, weather pending, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (peak season). Their season stretches from April through October, but is reservation-only before and after peak season.
Check out the day and overnight trips available through Allegheny Outfitters at www.alleghenyoutfitters.com.
Based in the heart of the Allegheny in Sheffield, PA, Creek Bottom Canvas provides unique outdoor experiences so that you can have all of the fun with none of the hassle. Their quality canvas tents can be fitted with cots for each guest to provide luxurious comfort in your woodland accommodations. Packages ranges from experiences based on families, couples, outdoorsmen or build-your-own trips! Best of all, they include delivery, setup and tear down of equipment.
Learn more and book your custom camping trip at www.creekbottomcanvas.com.
While exploring the old growth forests in the Cook Forest & the Ancients landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, be sure to check out the canoe, kayak, inner tube, and river raft rentals available at Pale Whale Canoe Fleet. Find the information and equipment you need to safely explore the area on the Clarion River, one of two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the PA Wilds. If you already have your own equipment, Pale Whale can assist you in your adventure by providing transportation services. Open from April through October, Pale Whale provides a variety of trip options to help you make the most of your outing, whether it’s 2.5 miles or 10!
Learn more about the services offered by Pale Whale Canoe Fleet at www.canoecookforest.com.
Looking to get off the beaten path while traveling the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds? Make sure to visit Tussey Mountain Outfitters in Bellefonte. TMO specializes in selling and providing high-quality canoes, kayaks, equipment, and rental services. They also provide transportation services for recreation enthusiasts. The shop, open year-round, helps paddlers access a number of local waterways, including Spring Creek, Bald Eagle Creek and the West Branch Susquehanna River April through late October, based on weather.
For more information about the services or sales at Tussey Mountain Outfitters, visit www.tusseymountainoutfitters.com.
Located in the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon Landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, just outside of Wellsboro, PA, Pine Creek Outfitters offers raft, canoe, kayak, and wetsuit rentals, bicycle rentals and shuttles, and guided trips—in addition to a variety of other services. Pine Creek Outfitters has been family-owned since 1984 and serves the entire Pine Creek Rail Trail from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore. Open March through October, the outfitter also offers a shop complete with outdoor gear necessities.
Learn more about the offerings at Pine Creek Outfitters at www.pinecrk.com.
The Rich Port Board Shop is a mobile business based in Muncy, PA, providing kayak and paddle board rentals in Lycoming county and the surrounding areas. While their services are mostly done remotely, meeting with customers locally or at their preferred launch, they also partner with different locations to provide rentals in their stores. Currently you can rent Rich Port kayaks and boards at 4 locations in Muncy, Williamsport, Hillsgrove, and Watsontown. In addition to their rental services and partnership program, they also launched Pennsylvania’s only local paddle board brand in 2021, the Rich Port Board Company.
Find out about the equipment and guided tours from Rich Port Shop & Kayak Rentals at www.richportboards.com.
Journeys & Landscapes
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.
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.
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.
Elk Country 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.
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.
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.