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October 26, 2020

Nominations Being Accepted For 2021 Pennsylvania Trail Of The Year

Pennsylvanians are being asked to nominate their favorite trail for the 2021 Trail of the Year. Nominations are due by November 20, 2020.

October 24, 2020

Ghosts of the PA Wilds: John Meyers and the Witches of Warren

In the days when Warren County was young, legends of witches were plentiful. But where there are witches, there is often someone to battle them. Elk Country had Loop Hill Ike, and Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds had John Myers, the witch killer.

October 21, 2020

Ghosts of the Forest

Wander around the deeply shaded woods in the heat of the summer and you may come across a rather spooky looking organism emerging like a zombie from the soil.  It is ghostly white, sometimes marked with pink or a deep blood-red, and when dried turns a deathly shade of black. To many people, ghost pipes (Monotropa uniflora) look more like fungi than plants

October 17, 2020

Ghosts of the PA Wilds: Ghosts Locked Up In The I-80 Frontier

If you’re into ghosts, and you’re near Lock Haven, there’s no need to go and pay people to leap out at you in a rubber mask. This community at the nexus of the I-80 Frontier, Dark Skies Landscape, and Pine Creek Valley has plenty of frightening stories. Lou Bernard gives tours about them to benefit the public library every year.

October 13, 2020

The Other Amazing Colors of Fall

Have you ever marveled at the colors of brook trout in the fall? "It is as if they are in competition with the changing autumn leaves and wish themselves not to be outdone in this time of color and beauty," says Jeff Woleslagle.

October 10, 2020

Ghosts of the PA Wilds: Werewolves in Cook Forest?

There were reported sightings of an odd monster in the Cook Forest and the Ancients landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds in the 1940s. The few witnesses who saw it described it as hairy, and very quick, disappearing into the trees after one quick glimpse. *This is the 2020 Ghost of the PA Wilds series, first in an annual weekly column for the month of October written by Lou Bernard.

October 7, 2020

Summer into Fall: Fly Fishing the Legendary Spring Creek in Central Pennsylvania

Fly fishing on Spring Creek in Central Pennsylvania is an experience to relish regardless of season. Just ask Ray Hunt!

October 3, 2020

Ghosts of the PA Wilds: A Ghost Hunter in Elk Country

Throughout the Pennsylvania Wilds, in all of recorded history, there are old legends of spirits and monsters. Keating Township, a remote area in Elk Country settled largely by escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad, was always sort of a trendsetter in this regard, and even had its own guy to call for help in the event of a paranormal problem. His name was Isaac Gaines, and he went under the nickname of Loop Hill Ike.

September 28, 2020

Additional State Forest Roads Opening Throughout The State For Hunting Seasons, Other Outdoor Activities

Hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this autumn will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced.

September 25, 2020

Celebrate National Public Lands Day in the PA Wilds

This year, National Public Lands Day falls on September 26. This massive effort seeks to get people involved in preserving public spaces, and in so the effort helps governmental agencies tasked with managing the lands with finite resources.