Due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please use appropriate precautions when traveling in the PA Wilds and refer to the PA Department of Health for updates.



September 22, 2022

Wilds Child: The Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park

Although Sinnemahoning State Park's visitor center has nature exhibits and wildlife tunnels that are perfect for little learners, writer and mother Tia DeShong found that it was enlightening for both herself and her two young boys. She calls it "hands-on learning at its near-finest" (perhaps even better than the real thing since no actual bobcat dens were required).

September 21, 2022

DCNR gives guidance on harvesting wild ginseng

As the beginning of ginseng season starts, DCNR is offering some reminders on following the proper guidelines while harvesting wild ginseng. To ensure that these plants are protected from excess harvesting, collection of wild ginseng is only allowed from September 1 to November 30.

September 20, 2022

Throwing Dries on a Blue Line in Clearfield County

On a quiet and overcast Saturday morning, writer Ray Hunt meets up with his friend Bob Hallowell to get a few hours of fly fishing on the books. Together, they throw dry flies on a small creek in Clearfield County, and they catch some handsome native brookies with bamboo rods.

September 14, 2022

PA Wilds Makers Market, November 5-6, offers virtual holiday shopping, deals and artisan studio tours

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support PA Wilds artisans! On November 5-6, 2022, tune in to ShopThePAWilds.com from anywhere to easily find products, services and experiences proudly made in the Pennsylvania Wilds. During the PA Wilds Makers Market, visitors to the PA Wilds Marketplace will be able to learn more about the PA Wilds artisans selling handmade wares.

September 13, 2022

Alma Heflin: Flying Over the PA Wilds

You’d think that seeing a plane make an emergency landing wouldn’t exactly inspire you to fly one yourself. But that wasn’t the case for Alma Heflin, America’s first female test pilot. Not only did Alma fly planes during World War II, she was another one of the fascinating historical figures who lived in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

September 8, 2022

Summer youth work crew a success in Allegheny National Forest

This summer the USDA Forest Service - Allegheny National Forest hosted two crews of high-school-aged youth to complete six weeks of work in the ANF with hands-on stewardship of the land. One crew was recruited from within Elk County across the Marienville Ranger District and the Ridgway area, and the Bradford Ranger District hosted a crew of high-school-aged youth recruited from Warren and McKean Counties.

September 6, 2022

PA Wilds digital community gift cards now available for purchase

Those wishing to support small businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds region now have a new tool to do so. People from anywhere can now make sure their dollars stay within the region by purchasing the new Shop the PA Wilds digital community gift card for friends, family or even coworkers. 

September 2, 2022

Spectacular Sunrises & Sunsets photo contest focuses on 5 PA Wilds counties

Have you seen a phenomenal sunrise or sunset? If you've taken a photo of that beautiful dawn or dusk sky in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region (part of the Pennsylvania Wilds that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest and Jefferson), that photo could win you some cash!

September 1, 2022

Wilds Child: The Elk Country Visitor Center 

Growing up in Ridgway, Tia DeShong's two young boys are no strangers to elk. When asked, they will gladly demonstrate the sound of an elk grunt or bugle. The boys (and Tia herself) were impressed with the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, where they got to know these familiar creatures a little better. It also served as a good reminder of being respectful and keeping your distance... which can sometimes we just as difficult for adults as it is for children!

August 30, 2022

The Pennsylvania Wilds Moon Tree

You might walk past a tree in the Coudersport Area Recreation Park and not even realize what an amazing journey that tree has made... 34 times around the moon and back down to Earth! This special seed that traveled around the moon eventually became a sycamore right here in the PA Wilds.