All counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds are currently in the Green Phase for reopening Pennsylvania amid COVID-19.

Please use appropriate precautions when traveling and refer to CDC recommendations.



July 25, 2020

Overnight Excursion at Little Pine State Park

PA Wilds contributor Lou Bernard shares details about his family's recent overnight stay at Little Pine State Park, located in the Pine Creek Valley & the PA Grand Canyon landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

July 17, 2020

Allegheny National Forest opens new ‘Black Bear Trail’ on the Morrison Trail System

The Allegheny National Forest is proud to announce the opening of a new trail segment called the Black Bear Trail.

July 14, 2020

Who’s Who in the PA Wilds: 15 of the Region’s Most Famous People

Writer Ed Byers has long been intrigued by the number of people from the Pennsylvania Wilds who went on to national acclaim. Many of them, coming from somewhat humble beginnings, include famous sports figures, noted authors, writers, musicians, and some who made an impact on Hollywood. Although some have passed on, their contributions remain noteworthy to this day. Here are several Pennsylvania Wilds sons and daughters who made their mark in the national limelight.

July 9, 2020

Katydids: Unforgettable Sounds of Summer

Ch-ch.  Ch-ch-ch. Ch-ch.  Ch-ch-ch.  And over and over again.  The noise begins just after dark and hails like a chorus from the treetops, and if you listen long enough, fades into the ambiance of the nighttime experience in Penn’s Woods. It's the katydids.

July 6, 2020

Recovery efforts support small businesses across the Wilds

Across the Pennsylvania Wilds, communities are working to find ways to promote economic recovery following many, many weeks of shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the initiatives differ from community to community, the message is the same: Support small businesses in your own neighborhood. 

June 29, 2020

PA Wilds Makers Market: An opportunity to find your next WILD thing

If you’re looking for a gift or locally-sourced ware, be sure to tune into the Wilds Cooperative of PA Facebook page on July 11 and 12 for the first ever PA Wilds Makers Market. This online shopping experience is designed to help you ‘find your next WILD thing,’ specifically handcrafted products and services in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

June 20, 2020

Listen in to hear ‘Stories from the Pennsylvania Wilds’

When it comes to the history of rural towns across Pennsylvania, Clarion University history professor Dr. Marc Sanko says that the past is often overlooked.  Sanko, along with colleague Dr. Jeffrey Diamond, recently launched the podcast “Stories from the Pennsylvania Wilds,” where they showcase these important pieces of history from across the Wilds region.

June 16, 2020

Pennsylvania Fireflies: Signals of Summer

June flashes in the night sky signal the arrival of summer. Did you know the firefly is designated as the state insect of Pennsylvania?

June 12, 2020

Entertainment from the PA Wilds

Even if we can’t get out into the Pennsylvania Wilds right now, we can still enjoy the Pennsylvania Wilds through our media. There are plenty of books and movies that have some PA Wilds connection -- either they’re created by someone from here, or were created here, or take place here.

June 9, 2020

DCNR to open remaining state park, forest facilities, including beaches

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) continues to reopen state parks and forests in a phased manner, and soon beaches and pools will be available for summer recreation.