November 28, 2023

My ‘failed’ trip with the dogs to Parker Dam State Park

I’ll be the first to admit that my latest trip to Parker Dam State Park did not go to plan. It rained pretty heavily the entire time, and one of our dogs barked until we ultimately decided to call it quits and go home. We never actually ended up staying overnight in the cabin, despite the fact that we had rented it for multiple nights at the end of October. That might be enough for some people to say that the trip was a disaster. Despite how I have titled this blog, I don’t actually think that our trip to Parker Dam was a failure.

November 16, 2023

The unique I-80 Frontier

Most people don’t notice this, but the I-80 Frontier is the only PA Wilds landscape named after a man-made landmark. All of the others are named after natural things: forest land, animals, or in one case, just darkness. Sure, they try to fool you with the “frontier” part, but it’s named for Interstate 80, which travels all the way across the PA Wilds. To reach a lot of places in the PA Wilds, you pretty much have to start by getting on 80.

September 15, 2023

Explore PA Route 6 through the PA Wilds with these awesome stops

Tioga, Potter, McKean and Warren counties are some of the more scenic areas in Pennsylvania, and if you are traveling throughout the Route 6 Corridor, you will have the pleasure of taking in the beautiful landscapes these counties have to offer. This region, known as the PA Wilds, is also home to a variety of PA Route 6 Artisan Trail members sure to make your next road trip a unique experience!

July 3, 2023

See the PA Grand Canyon from a new angle at Hills Creek State Park

Located in scenic Tioga County in the Pine Creek Valley and PA Grand Canyon landscape of the PA Wilds, the 407-acre Hills Creek State Park abounds in wildlife and beautiful sights. However, unlike some other state parks that feature views looking down into the Pine Creek Valley, this state park’s vistas show you the beauty from the bottom of the valley and allow you to look up at the hillsides that surround you. The park sits within the valley, with hillsides enveloping Hills Creek and Hills Creek Lake.

June 23, 2023

Introducing the PA Wilds Breweries and Outfitters Series

Over the next few months, we’re taking time to highlight the businesses (and the people behind them!) that make our travels in the PA Wilds all the more enriching, thrilling, enjoyable, adventurous… and tasty!

June 13, 2023

Places Dad will love in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Dad deserves to be celebrated every day, but especially on Father’s Day. We’ve put together a list of exciting destinations that dads (and father figures of all varieties) will love visiting in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

May 3, 2023

Down Life’s Crazy Road: Foxburg

While writer John Pozza explores some of the more interesting towns in northwest Pennsylvania, he often tries to absorb some of their subtle nuances. Taking a “deeper dive” often makes one better appreciate a place’s beauty, natural landscape, people and culture that could otherwise be missed. Take, for instance, the Borough of Foxburg in western Clarion County - a tiny, but quaint and scenic arts and recreation community, rich in history, nestled along the east bank of the Allegheny River, 70 miles north of Pittsburgh.

April 5, 2023

Planning your springtime adventure in the PA Wilds

Birds migrating back home, delicate buds appearing on tree branches, the grass returning to a vibrant green color, the birth of fawns and other babies, the smell of rain and sweet flowers… it’s springtime in the Pennsylvania Wilds! Now that the sun is shining and the weather is warmer, check out these popular activities to plan your spring adventure in the PA Wilds.

March 2, 2023

Take a trip to Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery

Between the rolling hills of Curwensville, along the I-80 Frontier Landscape of the PA Wilds, sits Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery. This business's traditions and entrepreneurial spirit have created over 30 unique wines and one very wild one.

December 19, 2022

As the year closes

At the beginning of the year, Lou Bernard wrote a piece about things he would like to do in the Pennsylvania Wilds called "In the coming year: A PA Wilds bucket list" – places he'd love to visit and thing he'd like to learn. Now, at the end of 2022, he reflects on how many of the those goals he was able to accomplish (like a trip to Cook Forest or learning about the communities in the PA Wilds), along with some things he wasn't able to do yet but wants to achieve in the upcoming year. Lou knows there's always next year, and he'll keep exploring the Pennsylvania Wilds.