July 15, 2024

Relaxing on a summer day at Lyman Run

I followed Lyman Run State Park's signs to an opening in the hills to a lake and a beach. I had made it to Lyman Run Reservoir and beach! Even on a weekday in mid-July, the beach was busy with splashes and children’s laughter. Parents and adults dotted the grassy slopes that bordered the sandcastle-speckled beach. Beyond, in the beautiful water, the merriment of children not confined to school rang out.

July 9, 2024

A look inside Xtreme Wear: Who prints your t-shirts in the PA Wilds

Let’s take an inside look at who is behind the process of printing your favorite PA Wilds-themed t-shirts! Many of the shirts you see at the PA Wilds Conservation Shops are printed by Xtreme Wear in DuBois, Clearfield County, along the I-80 Frontier landscape of the PA Wilds. Hear directly from the staff at Xtreme Wear about the printing process, who their clients are, and their favorite things about the PA Wilds region.

July 8, 2024

Habitat rehabilitation partnership in Allegheny National Forest is a win for wildlife

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service recently partnered with multiple organizations to rehabilitate and enhance existing wildlife habitat in the Allegheny National Forest. On Saturday, June 1, 2024, three dozen participants worked in the Farnsworth watershed to improve wildlife habitat by restoring fencing, installing bird boxes, and planting trees and shrubs.

July 5, 2024

The rare beauty of synchronous fireflies and the PA Firefly Festival

Imagine this: as you’re camping in the middle of a dark forest, you spot something unusual - a series of twinkling lights that are all in sync with one another, appearing like a string of Christmas lights or an eerie almost-sentient creature flashing out a message. As strange as it might seem, this is the Photinus Carolinus firefly, a type of Synchronous Firefly. Synchronous species of fireflies are rare, so rare that they can only be seen in a handful of places around the world… including the Pennsylvania Wilds.

July 2, 2024

A Watershed Moment: How The Watershed Journal uplifts and empowers local literary arts

The Watershed Journal Literary Group is an autonomous, grassroots, charitable nonprofit literary organization located in the I-80 Frontier Landscape of the PA Wilds serving storytellers in western Pennsylvania. On the first Tuesday of each month, the Wilds Are Calling blog on will feature one story and its related image from an edition of The Watershed Journal. This once-a-month feature is called A Watershed Moment, highlighting the talented writers and artisans in our rural PA Wilds region.

June 28, 2024

New expanded access to Pine Creek Rail Trail, thanks to Whitetail Recreation Area parking

The Pine Creek Rail Trail, one of the most popular journeys in the rural Pennsylvania Wilds region, recently got a new parking area in Jersey Shore, Clinton County. This means expanded access to the PCRT, allowing more people to enjoy the 62-mile rail trail that runs from Jersey Shore to Stokesdale and traverses through both Tioga and Tiadaghton State Forest lands.

June 27, 2024

Capture a good ole summertime! PA Great Outdoors photo contest open July-September

What does summertime feel like to you? Capture those good ole summertime memories... and you could even win some prizes! There are many great places to explore this summer in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region, part of the Pennsylvania Wilds that includes the counties of Cameron, Elk, and Forest. If you capture some of those special summertime memories with a photo while traveling in the PA Great Outdoors region, consider entering it into the latest photo contest.

June 25, 2024

PA Wilds Stays: Overnight accommodations in the Cook Forest and the Ancients landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds

Known as a land of giants because of the forest cathedral of ancient pines and hemlocks, Cook Forest and the Ancients is an ode to the majesty of the Pennsylvania Wilds and home to many of the tallest hemlock and pine trees in the Northeast. Choose the lodging establishment that fits your needs, book a night there, and start exploring Cook Forest and the Ancients landscape of the PA Wilds!

June 19, 2024

More than a market – An inside look at buying local food at farmers markets

With the idea of summertime fresh on our minds, many of us find ourselves daydreaming of the glorious days ahead. For some this might mean trips to greenhouses, maybe planting a garden or getting some of those renovations knocked off of that to-do list. For many, this is market season. Weekly farmers markets have forever served as the direct connection between producer and consumer.

June 18, 2024

The Beaver Meadow Walkway in DuBois

In the little city of DuBois, in Clearfield County along the I-80 Frontier landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Beaver Meadow Walkway is a hidden treasure, allowing locals to enjoy the beauty of nature while walking to convenient places throughout the community.