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 24, 2020

Exploring Bellefonte’s rich heritage: A Q&A with local historian and business owner Matt Maris

Every day, we walk past historic buildings and sites, or drive by them on our daily commutes — and we may not even realize it. Matt Maris, the founder of Local Historia, is sharing his knowledge and love for local history in his community of Bellefonte — in the I-80 Frontier region of the PA Wilds — through walking tours.

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.

August 10, 2020

Lock Haven’s Riverwalk

Situated in the I-80 Frontier of the PA Wilds, one end of the Lock Haven riverwalk levee takes travelers to the Elk Scenic Drive, but the entire levee runs along the West Branch Susquehanna River, which is also a great place to swim, fish, or boat.

July 25, 2020

Overnight Excursion at Little Pine State Park

PA Wilds contributor Lou Bernard shares details about his family's recent overnight stay at Little Pine State Park, located in the Pine Creek Valley & the PA Grand Canyon landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

July 6, 2020

Recovery efforts support small businesses across the Wilds

Across the Pennsylvania Wilds, communities are working to find ways to promote economic recovery following many, many weeks of shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the initiatives differ from community to community, the message is the same: Support small businesses in your own neighborhood. 

June 16, 2020

Pennsylvania Fireflies: Signals of Summer

June flashes in the night sky signal the arrival of summer. Did you know the firefly is designated as the state insect of Pennsylvania?

June 12, 2020

Entertainment from the PA Wilds

Even if we can’t get out into the Pennsylvania Wilds right now, we can still enjoy the Pennsylvania Wilds through our media. There are plenty of books and movies that have some PA Wilds connection -- either they’re created by someone from here, or were created here, or take place here.

June 9, 2020

DCNR to open remaining state park, forest facilities, including beaches

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) continues to reopen state parks and forests in a phased manner, and soon beaches and pools will be available for summer recreation.

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.