Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, please use appropriate precautions when traveling and refer to CDC recommendations when visiting the Pennsylvania Wilds.



February 2, 2021

Find your next adventure with the new PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas

The brand new PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas is the go-to tool for anyone looking to explore the wonders of the PA Wilds. A print companion to pawilds.com, the 50+ page atlas provides inspiration, navigable maps and pertinent travel information for your next trip!

January 31, 2021

Poll Shows Outdoors Important to Pennsylvanians During Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recently presented poll results to the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) indicating four out of five Pennsylvanians who visited parks and trails believe that time spent outdoors is essential to their physical and mental health during the pandemic.

January 30, 2021

HuntFishPA: New mobile-friendly licensing platform for PA outdoor rec enthusiasts

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have launched HuntFishPA, the new user-friendly licensing platform for hunters, anglers, and boaters. Visitors to the new HuntFishPA website will discover convenient features like personalized dashboards, autorenewal for fishing licenses, and the ability to report game and furbearer harvests as required.

January 29, 2021

In This Sanctuary Called Trees

In this poem published in The Watershed Journal, professor Juniata Smart contemplates the experiences and sanctuary of trees, plentiful in the PA Wilds.

January 26, 2021

Groundhog Day 2021 is virtual but still full of magic

In less than seven days, Punxsutawney Phil will make his appearance on Gobbler’s Knob as he has for over 130 years. You'll be tuning in differently. Here's how you can see the prognostication firsthand, safely from the comfort of home!

January 22, 2021

Resolutions, PA Wilds style

As the New Year begins, people all over the Pennsylvania Wilds are making resolutions and looking for ways to improve themselves. Lou Bernard took the liberty of looking up the most common New Year’s resolutions, and matching them with some ideas that might help.

January 20, 2021

USDA Forest Service accepting comments on North Country National Scenic Trail reroute proposal

The Allegheny National Forest is accepting public comments on a proposed reroute of the North Country National Scenic Trail just north of Johnnycake Run on the Bradford Ranger District.

January 18, 2021

Bigfoot reportedly spotted in the PA Wilds

Bald Eagle State Park is in Centre County, along the I-80 Frontier. It’s a wonderful state park with camping, hiking, and swimming. And, oh yeah, recently Bigfoot has been sighted there, too.

January 15, 2021

DCNR grant helps plant trees, improve water quality in the PA Wilds

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy plants more than 15 acres of streamside forests in the Kettle Creek Watershed of the PA Wilds thanks to grant funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

January 14, 2021

Ice fishing safely in the PA Wilds

Ice fishing can be hit or miss depending on the weather in the winter -- here Beau Martonik offers tips and hints on how to safely ice fish in the PA Wilds.