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.

Outdoor Recreation

June 11, 2021

How the laurel became Pennsylvania’s state flower

Do you know that the laurel is Pennsylvania's state flower? Learn more about how the laurel became to be known as the state flower and where to find it while adventuring in the PA Wilds!

June 8, 2021

DCNR Announces Kinzua Viaduct Scheduled For Routine Bridge Inspection In July

PA's DCNR announces Kinzua Bridge in McKean County is scheduled for Routine Bridge Inspection in July of 2021.

May 7, 2021

Plastic to Rock: Safely Adapting to Climbing Outside

Dana Harrington shows how rock climbers can transition to climbing outdoors safely through "bouldering". Learn techniques and safety tips as you take your love for rock climbing to the PA Wilds.

March 29, 2021

DCNR Announces Operational Changes at State Parks, Forests

Outdoors programming will return at Pennsylvania state parks and occupancy limits will expand within park and state forest buildings effective Sunday, April 4.

February 19, 2021

USDA Forest Service opens additional  ATV/OHM trails on Feb 20

The Allegheny National Forest will open the Rocky Gap and Marienville all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle (ATV/OHM) trails at 8 AM on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

February 18, 2021

DCNR Warns of Hazardous Conditions on State Forest Roads

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn warns travelers that sustained cold temperatures and a string of snowstorms have left many state forest roads impassable and she urged motorists to stay off them until conditions improve.

February 12, 2021

Timberline ATV/OHM trail opens in Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will open the Timberline all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle (ATV/OHM) trail at noon today, February 12, 2021. Permits are required to ride the Forest’s ATV/OHM trails.

February 9, 2021

Quick tips for exploring Penn’s Woods in Winter

When snow accumulates in state parks and forests, it's important to be prepared -- especially when you're out in the Wilds. If you are thinking of going out to enjoy some winter recreation, remember the following tips to keep warm, safe, and have an enjoyable time out in Penn’s Woods.

February 7, 2021

Help bird conservation by counting your backyard birds

Consider participating in the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count in the PA Wilds! This free citizen science program takes place February 12-15.

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!