All counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds are currently in the Green Phase for reopening Pennsylvania amid COVID-19.

Please use appropriate precautions when traveling and refer to CDC recommendations.


August 31, 2020

The Fairy Legend of the Dark Skies Landscape

Ordinarily, if someone claimed to have seen fairies in the Pennsylvania Wilds, you’d have to ask what they were drinking. And maybe if you could have some. But that’s assuming that you weren’t in the Dark Skies Landscape, where there is an old legend that fairies existed, with possibly some truth behind it.

August 20, 2020

Be Elk SMART in the Pennsylvania Wilds

When visiting the Pennsylvania Wilds Elk Country, it’s your duty to preserve the wild nature of the elk herd. Help keep the elk herd wild by being Elk SMART.

June 3, 2020

PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge reopens June 4 with modified hours, safety procedures

The PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park will reopen on Thursday, June 4, with modified hours and new safety procedures after a brief closure due to COVID-19.

May 18, 2020

As State Parks, Forests Reopen, DCNR Releases Facility Status Map

As state parks and forests reopen, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released a facility status map showing data by county.

May 6, 2020

Allegheny National Forest to Begin Reopening

The Allegheny National Forest will begin a phased reopening of campgrounds and recreation sites beginning May 8, 2020. This phased approach will prioritize the health and safety of employees, visitors and volunteers, and is in alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing. 

May 4, 2020

DCNR Plans for Reopening Some State Park, Forest Facilities

DCNR is undertaking a phased reopening of Pennsylvania state park and forest facilities in keeping with Governor Wolf’s guidance and direction. Learn more about the schedule for reopening state park and forest facilities.

April 10, 2020

ANF Issues Emergency Closure Order, Mandates Group-Size Limitation

The Allegheny National Forest has issued a closure order to prohibit all fires, overnight camping, and mandating a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire Forest effective April 6, 2020.

April 8, 2020

PA Trout Season Now Open: Anglers must abide by social distancing guidelines

Effective on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), in consultation with the Office of the Governor, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) opened the statewide 2020 trout season. Anglers and boaters must abide by social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

January 4, 2020

Visit the PA Wilds booth at the PA Farm Show!

The PA Wilds Conservation Shop, a gift shop that sources regionally-made products from artisans in the Pennsylvania Wilds, will have a pop-up shop at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show January 4-11.

December 12, 2019

PA Wilds in the News: Quarter 4 2019

Read some of the latest buzz about the Pennsylvania Wilds, including mentions in Time, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Mirror, Rolling Stone India and more!