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.



May 26, 2022

Allegheny National Forest motorized trails open May 27 at 8 am

Riders, start your engines! The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will open all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle (ATV/OHM) trails at 8 am on Friday, May 27 in the Allegheny National Forest for the summer riding season that runs through Sunday, September 25.

May 25, 2022

A Day in Wellsboro

Lou Bernard takes his wife and 7-year-old son on a family trip to Wellsboro, complete with a peek at the PA Grand Canyon, a fountain that inspires childlike wonder, and a comic book store both father and son enjoy.

May 23, 2022

May is National Bike Month: Why bike in the PA Wilds?

From highway bicycling, to mountain biking, trail biking and even BMX, the Pennsylvania Wilds is paradise for those who love to pedal. With beautiful scenery surrounding, biking is one of the most popular activities in the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

May 20, 2022

ATV Regional Trail Connector to open May 27 in Potter/Tioga/Clinton/Lycoming

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced year two of the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot program in the northcentral region of the state that will provide opportunities for riding enthusiasts to traverse many miles of roads opened to all-terrain vehicle use and trails in Potter, Tioga, Clinton, and Lycoming counties.

May 19, 2022

Wilds Child: Exploring the PA Wilds with Little Adventurers

Writer and parent Tia DeShong reflects on her own childhood as a Wilds Child and how she hopes to continue making memories with her own young sons. Loving the PA Wilds is not only for people who grew up her like Tia, however! She shares how you can start exploring this beautiful landscape and enjoy nature with your family.

May 16, 2022

Food plot soil testing: Preparing your land to be lush this fall

Taking a soil sample is the easiest thing you can do to ensure proper growth of a food plot and not waste time and money. Learn how to take and send a test sample, read the results, and use the results to help determine the next steps for your food plot.

May 12, 2022

Harvesting Wild Leeks in Allegheny National Forest

On most Forest Service lands within the Allegheny National Forest the USDA Forest Service allows the harvesting of wild leeks (Allium sp.) for personal consumption. Personal consumption means harvesting only what you will use for yourself and your family.

May 9, 2022

A Family Trip: The Austin Dam Ruins

When Lou Bernard takes a family trip to the Austin Dam Ruins with his wife and 7-year-old son, they relive old memories and appreciate history together.

May 5, 2022

The Anagama Kiln: A Unique Chance to Fire Pottery, Commune with Artists

Using an anagama kiln is a rare opportunity to produce pieces which have a certain "look" often sought after by artists and collectors alike. It's also a special time to commune with fellow clay artists, share a drink or two, and even eat a turkey roasted in a pit. Gary Greenburg (known as "Greeny" by his students) offers an opportunity for his art class at Clarion University to take part in the adventure of firing a wood kiln for three straight days. Student and artisan Nicole St. Laurent shares her experience.

May 2, 2022

Nature provides perfect setting for achieving goals

We're nearly halfway through the year 2022. Think back to January 1, when you were determined to follow through with your New Year's Resolution. Be honest... how is it going? Are you sticking to your goals? The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has some tips! Here's how you can make achieving your goals a literal "walk in the park", pun fully intended. They share the story of one man, Christian, who achieved his goal in 2021 to run one mile in every PA state park!