Outdoor Recreation

May 2, 2019

Traversing Fred Woods Trail in Elk Country

Fred Woods Trail is a scenic 3-mile loop on top of the hills in Driftwood, PA, a small community that sits on the edge of the Elk Country and Dark Skies landscapes in the Pennsylvania Wilds.  Photographer Samantha Cunningham recently journeyed out to the trail to take a hike with her dog, Sadie, and she captured beautiful photos along the way!

April 7, 2019

The Mid State Trail – PA’s 2019 Trail of the Year – traverses the PA Wilds

This year, the Mid State Trail (MST), Pennsylvania’s longest, most remote and wildest footpath has been named ‘Pennsylvania’s 2019 Trail of the Year’. The 527 km, 327-mile-long trail bisects the state, cutting through the Dark Skies, Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon, and I-80 Frontier landscapes of the Pennsylvania Wilds, across Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties.

March 15, 2019

Flint, Steel and … Bacon? How to start a primitive campfire.

Survival skills instructor Art Dawes recently headed to the woods for a bit of campfire therapy. His plan was to hike around in the state forest, find a god spot to make a campfire, and then cook the bacon he brought along. Learn about how to start a fire with limited resources and reap the rewards (with a yummy sandwich!).

March 13, 2019

Hiking the West Creek Recreational Trail

The West Creek Recreational Trail in St. Marys, a community located in the Elk Country landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, runs from St. Marys to Emporium, a borough that flanks the Elk Country and Dark Skies landscapes. Photographer Samantha Cunningham loves hiking the trail, and capturing it along the way!

March 2, 2019

Snowmobiling in Penn’s Woods

Tioga State Forest is hardly the only destination for snowmobiling in our vast state forest system.  Loyalsock, Tiadaghton, Susquehannock, Elk, Sproul, Moshannon, and Bald Eagle state forests also possess ideal “sledding” trails.

February 22, 2019

How to navigate Pine Creek Valley area despite Slate Run Road closure

Slate Run Road in the northern section of Tiadaghton State Forest was the site of multiple landslides in 2018 due to the extremely rainy weather, causing the road to be closed off in 2018. The PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources has released an advisory cautioning travelers to avoid Slate Run Road until further notice. DCNR has also released a detailed detour map to help travelers access the recreational assets and communities within the area.

February 19, 2019

The Old Man, The Bear and Logan Run

"Of many favorite brook trout streams throughout the Pennsylvania Wilds, Logan Run is right up there near the top of my list," says author Ed Byers. "From Tionesta Creek up to the waterfall, Logan Run is a mile-long wild trout stream with beautiful hemlocks and an occasional lush meadow."

February 11, 2019

Check out this list of 2019 PA Wilds adventure trail races, perfect for beginners

The rugged and rolling hills of the Pennsylvania Wilds are known for some of the best trails for hiking, backpacking and exploring. Here is a list of some of the shorter trail races taking place across the Pennsylvania Wilds in 2019, organized by some of the must-see landscapes in the region.

February 6, 2019

It’s the perfect time for cold-weather camping in the Wilds

Temperatures are dropping across the state making it easier to want to stay inside, or maybe it makes you want to get outside even more? Depends on the type of person you are, but if you are willing to brave a little cold weather, you can still have a great time outdoors during the winter months in the Pennsylvania Wilds!

January 19, 2019

Basic survival skills for adventure seekers

Art Dawes, a wilderness skills survival instructor, is a firm believer that everyone who heads into the great outdoors - whether hiking, running, biking, or just taking a leisurely stroll - needs to know what to do if they are unexpectedly stuck out overnight.