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.


June 14, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: DCED and PA Council on the Arts

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and the PA Council on the Arts (PCA). These two key parts of PA Wilds' story have been a part of it each step of the way.

April 28, 2022

Chief Cornplanter – Warrior of the Pennsylvania Wilds

Chief Cornplanter, a Dutch-Seneca chief who fought in the French and Indiana War and the American Revolutionary War, still can be seen in the landscape and history of the Kinzua area. In his postwar years, he helped Quakers establish schools in the Seneca territory, which he later shut down after becoming disillusioned with European-American society. Dying in his old age, the remains of Chief Cornplanter originally rested in the area that now contains the Allegheny Reservoir. Although there is some debate over if his remains were actually moved, the cemetery was relocated to higher ground. His legacy lives on.

April 12, 2022

In the PA Wilds,1816 was known as a year without a summer

Water stayed frozen well into June. Crops refused to grow. Throughout April and into late May, feet of snow were still falling on the present-day Pennsylvania Wilds. 1816 was known as the year without a summer.

April 5, 2022

Remote work initiative launches in Pennsylvania Wilds community

Piloting in summer 2022 in the PA Wilds community of Bellefonte, The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience will allow remote workers to live, work, volunteer, and explore all that the rural area has to offer. Applications are now open through April 30 to participate in the July 2022 Remote Lifestyle Experience.

March 29, 2022

In the 1800s wilderness of the PA Wilds, there was a healer named Nancy Range.

Learn about the unfailing nature of the PA Wild's earliest healers Nancy Range. Known at the time as Aunt Nancy, learn about her adventures and the impact her knowledge had on the people around her. Continue to celebrate Women's History Month, and all the Women of the Wilds, with Nancy Range.

March 17, 2022

The eccentric life of Molly Fox

Celebrate Women's History Month by looking through the eccentric life of Molly Fox, a native of Lock Haven. From her education to owning her own business, and the odd yet generous will she left behind when she passed, Molly Fox lived a curious life here in the PA Wilds.

March 14, 2022

This sugaring season, make maple syrup without a maple tree

Sugaring Season is underway across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states! If you don’t have sugar maples, then why not try something else? Check out what other trees can make a good syrup to put on your pancakes, waffles and more!

February 28, 2022

Celebrate Black History: Maria Molson & the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad conjures up images of secret tunnels and passageways. In reality, it consisted of brave people, sheltering those searching for freedom in their homes and guiding them to safety. One such brave soul was Maria Molson of Lock Haven.

February 14, 2022

Celebrate Black History: Julia Collins and her novel

Did you know that the first female African-American novelist was born and raised in the PA Wilds? Celebrate Black History Month by learning and celebrating the life of novelist Julia Collins who lived and wrote in the PA Wilds.

February 2, 2022

Groundhogs – Just the facts

Happy Groundhog Day from the PA Wilds! As you celebrate Punxsutawney Phil, learn some facts about the groundhog species!