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

May 27, 2022

The science behind why nature makes us feel good

Have you ever noticed feeling lighter after spending the day outdoors? There is indeed a psychological explanation for nature’s benefits on our mind and moods.

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 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 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 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!

April 25, 2022

DCNR dedicates new office, visitor center at Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest State Park has a new park office and visitor center, which was officially dedicated in a celebration with the DCNR recently. The 4,000-square foot building center includes office space for 12 employees, a 700-square foot classroom and meeting space, and public restrooms that are available at all hours throughout the year.

April 4, 2022

How to estimate deer density on your property

Learn the various way to get an estimated count of the number of deer that utilize your property from AccuForage! Collecting this data can help you decide how to manage your property for the coming seasons.

March 31, 2022

What in the world is the Susquehanna River Water Trail?

The Susquehanna River Water Trail runs over 500 miles throughout PA. From the West Branch of the Susquehanna in the PA Wilds, through the valleys of Central PA, to Harrisburg and continuing into Maryland, one can have an amazing adventure anywhere.

March 10, 2022

Why do bucks shed their antlers?

What is the actual biology that causes antlers to fall off a buck’s head? AccuForage's Kory McConnell steps through what can cause this "shed", which is why you may find antlers in the forest!