Looking for adventure in the PA Wilds? Check out these outfitters.
Summer is one of the best times to visit the Pennsylvania Wilds; long days, warm nights, and beautiful green views are just some of the highlights.
The region offers opportunities to participate in numerous outdoor experiences, including hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, and paddling. Each provides an opportunity to become immersed in nature and find awe-inspiring views often overlooked or never seen from the roads most traveled.
Regional outfitters and guides provide the expertise, equipment and services to help adventure seekers find the perfect spots to explore safely.
Here, you’ll find 4 outfitters serving distinct portions of the region to help you finalize your vacation plans and find your next adventure in the PA Wilds!
Tip: Make sure to double check hours of operation. Outfitters may have seasonal hours or may be open for limited hours on certain days. Also note that weather and water conditions impact availability of certain services.
ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST & SURROUNDS
In the northwestern corner of the Pennsylvania Wilds, in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds landscape, you’ll find Allegheny Outfitters. This outdoor shop and livery provides outdoor gear for sale and equipment rentals for users looking to paddle the Allegheny River, one of two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the PA Wilds. Located in Warren, Allegheny Outfitters is open 7 days a week, weather pending, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (peak season). Their season stretches from April through October, but is reservation-only before and after peak season.
Check out the day and overnight trips available through Allegheny Outfitters at www.alleghenyoutfitters.com.
COOK FOREST & THE ANCIENTS
PALE WHALE CANOE FLEET
While exploring the old growth forests in the Cook Forest & the Ancients landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, be sure to check out the canoe, kayak, inner tube, and river raft rentals available at Pale Whale Canoe Fleet. Find the information and equipment you need to safely explore the area on the Clarion River, one of two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the PA Wilds. If you already have your own equipment, Pale Whale can assist you in your adventure by providing transportation services. Open from April through October, Pale Whale provides a variety of trip options to help you make the most of your outing.
Learn more about the services offered by Pale Whale Canoe Fleet at www.canoecookforest.com.
TUSSEY MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS
Tussey Mountain Outfitters, located along the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds in the community of Bellefonte, specializes in selling and providing high-quality canoes, kayaks, equipment, and rental services. They also provide transportation services for recreation enthusiasts. The shop, open year-round, helps paddlers access a number of local waterways, including Spring Creek, Bald Eagle Creek and the West Branch Susquehanna River, April through late October, based on weather.
For more information about the services or sales at Tussey Mountain Outfitters, visit www.tusseymountainoutfitters.com.
PINE CREEK VALLEY & THE PA GRAND CANYON
PINE CREEK OUTFITTERS
Located in the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, just outside of Wellsboro, Pine Creek Outfitters offers raft, canoe, kayak, and wetsuit rentals, bicycle rentals and shuttles, and guided trips—in addition to a variety of other services. Pine Creek Outfitters has been family-owned since 1984 and serves the entire Pine Creek Rail Trail from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore. Open March through October, the outfitter also offers a shop complete with outdoor gear necessities.
Learn more about the offerings at Pine Creek Outfitters at www.pinecrk.com.
These four outfitters are members of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO), one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs. The WCO is the main program through which small businesses and nonprofits engage with the Pennsylvania Wilds brand, networks and platforms. The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) promotes the WCO as part of the overall Pennsylvania Wilds experience. Visit WildsCoPa.org to learn more.
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