Pennsylvania State & National Parks + Forests

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  • Allegheny Islands State Park – located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and consists of four islands along the Allegheny River. The park provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and hiking, as well as wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Visitors can explore the islands via boat or by hiking the park’s trails, which offer scenic views of the river and surrounding woodlands.
  • Archbald Pothole State Park – situated in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its unique geologic feature, the Archbald Pothole. This glacial pothole is 38 feet deep and 42 feet wide and was formed by the swirling of water and rocks during the last ice age. Visitors to the park can observe the pothole and also enjoy hiking, picnicking, and fishing in nearby lakes and streams.
  • Bald Eagle State Park – located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, and is named after the Bald Eagle Mountain range that runs through the area. The park offers recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping. Visitors can also take in the scenic views of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the park’s sandy beaches.
  • Beltzville State Park – situated in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its 949-acre Beltzville Lake, which is popular for boating, fishing, and swimming. The park also features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a large sand beach. Visitors can explore the park’s forests and wildlife or relax on the beach and take in the scenic views.
  • Bendigo State Park – located in Elk County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its rustic cabins and campsites. The park is situated in the heart of the Elk State Forest and offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, and hunting. Visitors can also explore the park’s scenic streams and forests and observe the local wildlife, including deer, turkey, and black bear.
  • Benjamin Rush State Park – situated in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and is named after Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The park features a variety of recreational activities, including hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s scenic views of the surrounding city and take in the historic sites and landmarks nearby.
  • Big Pocono State Park – located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its panoramic views of the Pocono Mountains. The park offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, as well as winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Visitors can also take in the park’s scenic overlooks and explore the surrounding forests and wildlife.
  • Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area – situated in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural spring, which is one of the largest in the state. The park features picnic areas, hiking trails, and a playground. Visitors can also explore the park’s scenic streams and forests and observe the local wildlife, including beavers, muskrats, and various bird species.
  • Black Moshannon State Park – located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large bog and the wildlife that inhabits it. The park features a lake for boating and fishing, as well as hiking trails and picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including carnivorous plants, birds, and mammals such as black bears and white-tailed deer.
  • Blue Knob State Park – situated in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and is named after the nearby Blue Knob, the second-highest peak in the state. The park offers recreational activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and winter sports. Visitors can also take in the park’s scenic views of the Allegheny Mountains and explore its diverse plant and animal life.
  • Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area – located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its old-growth forest and large trees, including the tallest tree in Pennsylvania, a 176-foot-tall Eastern Hemlock. The park features hiking trails and a boardwalk through the forest, as well as educational exhibits on the history and ecology of the area. Visitors can also observe the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including rare bird species and native wildflowers.
  • Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park – situated in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and is named after James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, who was born nearby. The park features a restored farmhouse and exhibits on Buchanan’s life and presidency, as well as hiking trails and picnic areas. Visitors can also explore the park’s scenic views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Conococheague Creek.
  • Bucktail State Park Natural Area – located in Cameron and Clinton counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its rugged terrain and wildlife, including elk, black bears, and bald eagles. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for hunting and fishing. Visitors can also take in the park’s scenic views of the Allegheny Mountains and explore the area’s rich history and culture.
  • Caledonia State Park – situated in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and is named after the Roman name for Scotland, as many early settlers in the area were of Scottish descent. The park offers recreational activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop, and take in the scenic views of the surrounding forests and mountains.
  • Canoe Creek State Park – located in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large lake and diverse plant and animal life. The park offers recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and camping. Visitors can also explore the park’s wetlands and observe the local wildlife, including waterfowl, deer, and raccoons.
  • Chapman State Park – situated in Warren County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a large lake for boating and fishing. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including songbirds, turtles, and beavers.
  • Cherry Springs State Park – located in Potter County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its dark skies and excellent stargazing opportunities. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as a dedicated astronomy field for visitors to observe the night sky. Visitors can also take in the park’s scenic views of the surrounding forests and explore the nearby Susquehannock State Forest.
  • Clear Creek State Park – situated in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a large lake for boating and fishing. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including white-tailed deer, beavers, and black bears.
  • Codorus State Park – located in York County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large lake and recreational opportunities. The park offers activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and camping, as well as a disc golf course and a swimming pool. Visitors can also explore the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including bald eagles, herons, and wildflowers.
  • Colonel Denning State Park – situated in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and is named after William Denning, a Revolutionary War hero. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a large lake for fishing and boating. Visitors can also take in the park’s scenic views of the surrounding forests and mountains, as well as explore its historic sites, including the Ironmaster’s Mansion and the Tuscarora Path.
  • Colton Point State Park – located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic overlooks of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.” The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground. Visitors can also explore the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including black bears, songbirds, and wildflowers.
  • Cook Forest State Park – situated in Clarion and Jefferson counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its old-growth forest and scenic beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, and swimming. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts and the Seneca Point Overlook.
  • Cowans Gap State Park – located in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic lake and recreational opportunities. The park offers activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and camping, as well as a swimming pool and a playground. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including songbirds, turtles, and wildflowers.
  • Delaware Canal State Park – situated along the Delaware River in Bucks and Northampton counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its historic canal and scenic beauty. The park features hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including Locktender’s House and the Delaware Division Canal Museum.
  • Denton Hill State Park – located in Potter County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its winter sports opportunities, including downhill skiing and snowboarding. The park also offers recreational activities such as hiking and camping in the summer. Visitors can also take in the park’s scenic views of the surrounding forests and mountains.
  • Elk State Park – situated in Elk County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large lake and wildlife, including elk, black bears, and bald eagles. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Mount Zion Historical Park and the Elk County Historical Society Museum.
  • Erie Bluffs State Park – located in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic views of Lake Erie and its bluffs. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for fishing and birdwatching. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including black cherry trees, white-tailed deer, and songbirds.
  • Evansburg State Park – situated in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its historic sites and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and horseback riding. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Skippack Creek Covered Bridge and the Henry Muhlenberg House.
  • Fort Washington State Park – located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its historic fort and scenic beauty. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for fishing and birdwatching. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Fort Washington Revolutionary War encampment and the Militia Hill Hawk Watch.
  • Fowlers Hollow State Park – situated in Perry County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including beavers, wildflowers, and songbirds.
  • Frances Slocum State Park – located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large lake and recreational opportunities. The park offers activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and camping, as well as a swimming pool and a playground. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Frances Slocum Homestead and the nearby Seven Tubs Natural Area.
  • French Creek State Park – situated in Berks and Chester counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including beavers, herons, and wildflowers.
  • Gifford Pinchot State Park – located in York County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large lake and recreational opportunities. The park offers activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and camping, as well as a swimming pool and a playground. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Quaker Race Day Use Area and the Gifford Pinchot House.
  • Gouldsboro State Park – situated in Monroe and Wayne counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its large lake and recreational opportunities. The park offers activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and camping, as well as a swimming pool and a playground. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including beavers, ospreys, and wildflowers.
  • Greenwood Furnace State Park – located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its historic iron furnace and scenic beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic sites, including the Greenwood Furnace Mansion and the Blacksmith Shop.
  • Hickory Run State Park – situated in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, hunting, and swimming in its large pool or at the nearby Sand Spring Lake. Visitors can also explore the park’s unique geological formations, including Boulder Field and Hawk Falls.
  • Hillman State Park – located in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming in the large pool. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including oak trees, white-tailed deer, and songbirds.
  • Hills Creek State Park – situated in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including wildflowers, beavers, and bald eagles.
  • Hyner Run State Park – located in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hemlock trees, black bears, and trout.
  • Hyner View State Park – situated in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic overlook and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for hang gliding and paragliding. Visitors can also take in the park’s stunning views of the West Branch Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains.
  • Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center – located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its environmental education programs and scenic beauty. The center features hiking trails, picnic areas, and educational exhibits, as well as opportunities for birdwatching and fishing in the nearby Bushkill Creek. Visitors can also learn about the park’s unique history as a former gun manufacturing site.
  • Jennings Environmental Education Center – situated in Butler County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its environmental education programs and unique geological formations. The center features hiking trails, picnic areas, and educational exhibits, as well as opportunities for birdwatching and cross-country skiing. Visitors can also explore the park’s rare prairie ecosystem and learn about its geological history.
  • Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area – located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including wild turkeys, Eastern bluebirds, and oak trees.
  • Kettle Creek State Park – located in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hemlock trees, black bears, and trout.
  • Keystone State Park – situated in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including wildflowers, deer, and songbirds.
  • Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center – located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its environmental education programs and scenic beauty. The center features hiking trails, picnic areas, and educational exhibits, as well as opportunities for birdwatching and cross-country skiing. Visitors can also take in the park’s stunning views of the Cumberland Valley and surrounding mountains.
  • Kinzua Bridge State Park – situated in McKean County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its historical significance and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and educational exhibits, as well as opportunities for fishing, hunting, and camping. Visitors can also explore the park’s iconic Kinzua Viaduct, which was once the tallest and longest railroad structure in the world.
  • Kooser State Park – located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including oak trees, bald eagles, and wildflowers.
  • Lackawanna State Park – situated in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including black bears, wild turkeys, and trout.
  • Laurel Hill State Park – located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, hunting, and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hardwood trees, beavers, and songbirds.
  • Laurel Mountain State Park – situated in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a ski resort, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including maple trees, white-tailed deer, and Eastern bluebirds.
  • Laurel Ridge State Park – located in Somerset and Fayette counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for hunting and fishing. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including oak trees, black bears, and migratory birds.
  • Laurel Summit State Park – situated in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Visitors can also take in the park’s panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Lehigh Gorge State Park – located in Carbon and Luzerne counties, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Visitors can also take in the park’s stunning views of the Lehigh River Gorge and surrounding mountains.
  • Leonard Harrison State Park – situated in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s stunning views of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
  • Linn Run State Park – located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hemlock trees, black bears, and brook trout.
  • Little Buffalo State Park – situated in Perry County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including oak trees, blue herons, and white-tailed deer.
  • Little Pine State Park – located in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and boating on the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including pine trees, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer.
  • Locust Lake State Park – situated in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hardwood trees, red foxes, and waterfowl.
  • Lyman Run State Park – located in Potter County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and boating on the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hemlock trees, black bears, and brook trout.
  • Marsh Creek State Park – situated in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hardwood trees, bald eagles, and waterfowl.
  • Maurice K. Goddard State Park – located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and boating on the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including oak trees, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer.
  • McCalls Dam State Park – situated in Centre County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and boating on the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hemlock trees, black bears, and brook trout.
  • McConnells Mill State Park – located in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and whitewater rafting on Slippery Rock Creek. Visitors can also explore the park’s historic gristmill and covered bridge.
  • Memorial Lake State Park – situated in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The park features hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hardwood trees, waterfowl, and white-tailed deer.
  • Milton State Park – located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and boating on the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including hardwood trees, waterfowl, and white-tailed deer.
  • Mont Alto State Park – situated in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground, as well as opportunities for fishing and swimming in the large lake. Visitors can also take in the park’s diverse plant and animal life, including oak trees, red-tailed hawks, and white-tailed deer.
  • Moraine State Park – located in Butler County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 16,725 acres. It is centered around the 3,225-acre man-made Lake Arthur, which is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming. The park also features hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and picnic areas. The park is home to several rare and endangered plant and animal species, and it is recognized as an important bird area by the National Audubon Society.
  • Mt. Pisgah State Park – located in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 1,302 acres. It is named after Mt. Pisgah, which is the highest peak in the park at 2,260 feet. The park is a popular destination for hiking, camping, and fishing. It features several hiking trails, including the scenic Lookout Trail, which offers views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The park’s lake is stocked with trout, and it also has a beach area for swimming.
  • Nescopeck State Park – located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 3,550 acres. The park is situated along the Nescopeck Creek, which is a popular destination for kayaking, fishing, and tubing. The park also features several hiking trails, including the popular Sand Springs Trail, which offers views of the park’s waterfalls and unique rock formations. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including several rare and endangered species.
  • Neshaminy State Park – located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 339 acres. The park is situated along the Neshaminy Creek, which is a popular destination for fishing and boating. The park also features several hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a disc golf course. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including several species of birds and mammals.
  • Nockamixon State Park – located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 5,283 acres. The park features the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, which is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming. The park also features several hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a disc golf course. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including several species of birds and mammals.
  • Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center – located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 665 acres. The center features several hiking trails, including the scenic Hilltop Trail, which offers views of the surrounding countryside. The center is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including several species of birds and mammals.
  • Norristown Farm Park – located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 690 acres. The park features several hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a disc golf course. The park is also home to the Norristown Farm Park Agricultural Museum, which showcases the history of farming in the region.
  • Ohiopyle State Park – located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and covers an area of 19,052 acres. The park is centered around the Youghiogheny River, which is a popular destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The park also features several hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and a natural waterslide. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including several species of birds and mammals.
  • Oil Creek State Park – Located in Venango County, Pennsylvania, Oil Creek State Park is known for its scenic beauty and rich history. The park covers over 6,000 acres and is home to the Oil Creek Valley, which was the site of the world’s first commercial oil well. Visitors can explore the area’s oil history by visiting the museum or taking a guided tour. The park also offers outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, and camping.
  • Ole Bull State Park – Nestled in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania, Ole Bull State Park is a hidden gem. The park covers over 1300 acres and is named after Norwegian violinist Ole Bull, who visited the area in the 1800s. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping, as well as exploring the area’s unique geological features such as the “Rock Garden” and “Turkey Path.”
  • Parker Dam State Park – Located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, Parker Dam State Park offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of the area. The park covers over 800 acres and is home to a beautiful lake and surrounding forest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and camping, as well as visiting the park’s nature center and attending educational programs.
  • Patterson State Park – Situated on the banks of the Schuylkill River, Patterson State Park offers visitors a peaceful and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The park covers over 25 acres and is home to a beautiful waterfall and scenic picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, fishing, and boating on the river.
  • Penn-Roosevelt State Park – Located in central Pennsylvania, Penn-Roosevelt State Park offers visitors a chance to explore the natural beauty of the region. The park covers over 40 acres and is home to a scenic lake and surrounding forest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping, as well as attending educational programs and visiting the park’s nature center.
  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Known as the “Cradle of Forestry,” Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The park covers over 7,000 acres and is home to the Appalachian Trail Museum, as well as several historic sites related to the area’s iron industry. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping, as well as swimming in the park’s two lakes.
  • Poe Paddy State Park – Tucked away in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, Poe Paddy State Park is a remote and secluded destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The park covers over 23 acres and is home to a beautiful waterfall and surrounding forest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping, as well as exploring the park’s unique geological features such as the “Poe Paddy Tunnel.”
  • Poe Valley State Park – Located in the heart of Penns Valley, Poe Valley State Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The park covers over 620 acres and is home to a scenic lake and surrounding forest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping, as well as swimming in the park’s lake and attending educational programs.
  • Point State Park – located at the confluence of three rivers – the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers – in downtown Pittsburgh. The park is home to the Fort Pitt Museum and the Fort Pitt Block House, the oldest building in Pittsburgh, dating back to 1764.
  • Presque Isle State Park – a peninsula on Lake Erie, located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The park has 11 miles of beaches and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking. The park is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, including the endangered Piping Plover.
  • Prince Gallitzin State Park – a 6,249-acre park located in northern Cambria County. The park is named after Prince Gallitzin, a Russian nobleman who is considered the founder of Catholicism in the Allegheny region. The park offers outdoor recreational activities such as camping, hiking, boating, and fishing. It is also home to a large lake, called Glendale Lake, which is popular for boating and fishing.
  • Promised Land State Park – located in Pike County, Pennsylvania. The park has 3,000 acres of land and 50 miles of hiking trails, including a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. Promised Land Lake, the centerpiece of the park, is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming.
  • Prompton State Park – located in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and is known for its fishing opportunities. The park features a 290-acre lake that is stocked with trout, bass, and other fish species. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, picnicking, and camping.
  • Prouty Place State Park – a small park located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania. The park is only 14 acres in size and features a historic farmstead with a farmhouse, barn, and outbuildings dating back to the 1800s. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the farmstead and learn about the history of farming in the region.
  • Pymatuning State Park – located in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and features Pymatuning Lake, a large reservoir that spans across both Pennsylvania and Ohio. The lake is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming, and is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, crappie, and bluegill. The park also offers camping, hiking, and hunting opportunities.
  • R.B. Winter State Park – located in Union County, Pennsylvania, and is named after Raymond B. Winter, a conservationist who served as the first director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks. The park features a large lake that is popular for fishing and boating, as well as hiking and camping opportunities. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife species, including bald eagles, black bears, and white-tailed deer.
  • Raccoon Creek State Park – located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Raccoon Creek State Park offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, and camping. The park covers over 7,500 acres and features a 101-acre lake for boating and swimming.
  • Ralph Stover State Park – located in Bucks County, Ralph Stover State Park is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking, and picnicking. The park is situated along the Tohickon Creek and features a 45-foot waterfall and scenic overlooks.
  • Ravensburg State Park – located in Clinton County, Ravensburg State Park offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The park covers over 1200 acres and is popular for hiking, picnicking, and hunting.
  • Reeds Gap State Park – located in Mifflin County, Reeds Gap State Park is a small park covering just 220 acres. The park offers scenic views and hiking opportunities, as well as a picnic area and playground.
  • Ricketts Glen State Park – located in Luzerne, Columbia, and Sullivan counties, Ricketts Glen State Park is known for its stunning waterfalls and hiking trails. The park covers over 13,000 acres and features 22 named waterfalls along its hiking trails.
  • Ridley Creek State Park – located in Delaware County, Ridley Creek State Park is a popular destination for hiking, fishing, and picnicking. The park covers over 2,600 acres and features a variety of habitats such as woodlands, meadows, and wetlands.
  • Ryerson Station State Park – located in Greene County, Ryerson Station State Park covers over 1,100 acres and offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, and camping. The park is situated along the banks of the North Fork of the Dunkard Fork of the Monongahela River.
  • S.B. Elliott State Park – located in Clearfield County, S.B. Elliott State Park is a small park covering just 318 acres. The park offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, and hunting.
  • Salt Springs State Park – located in Susquehanna County and is known for its geological formations and natural springs. The park is situated on over 400 acres of land and has over 15 miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore. In addition to hiking, visitors can also fish in Salt Springs Lake or explore the park’s unique geology through the Salt Springs Trail.
  • Samuel S. Lewis State Park – a small park located in York County, Pennsylvania. The park is named after Samuel S. Lewis, who donated the land for the park. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as picnicking, fishing, and hiking. The park has a number of picnic tables and pavilions for visitors to use, as well as several hiking trails.
  • Sand Bridge State Park – a small state park located in Potter County, Pennsylvania. The park is situated on the East Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek and features a small picnic area and fishing access. The park is a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts looking to catch trout, as well as birdwatchers who can spot a variety of bird species in the area.
  • Shawnee State Park – located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. The park is situated on over 3,900 acres of land and has a variety of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. Visitors can explore the park’s 11 miles of hiking trails, fish in Shawnee Lake, or enjoy a picnic at one of the park’s many picnic areas.
  • Shikellamy State Park – located in Union and Northumberland Counties, Pennsylvania and is situated at the confluence of the Susquehanna and West Branch Susquehanna Rivers. The park is named after the Native American chief Shikellamy, who played a significant role in Pennsylvania’s history. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities including hiking, boating, fishing, and picnicking.
  • Sinnemahoning State Park – located in Cameron and Potter Counties, Pennsylvania and is known for its scenic beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities. The park is situated on over 1,900 acres of land and has a variety of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, and boating. Visitors can explore the park’s hiking trails, fish in Sinnemahoning Creek, or take a scenic boat ride on the George B. Stevenson Reservoir.
  • Sizerville State Park – located in Cameron and Potter Counties, Pennsylvania and is situated on over 386 acres of land. The park is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Visitors can explore the park’s 7 miles of hiking trails, fish in the nearby First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, or enjoy a picnic at one of the park’s many picnic areas.
  • Susquehanna State Park – located in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and is situated along the West Branch Susquehanna River. The park is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, fishing, and boating. Visitors can explore the park’s hiking trails, fish in the nearby river, or take a scenic boat ride on the water.
  • Susquehannock State Park – located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and is known for its historic significance and outdoor recreation opportunities. The park is situated on over 224 acres of land and has a variety of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Visitors can explore the park’s hiking trails, fish in the nearby Susquehanna River, or enjoy a picnic at one of the park’s many picnic areas.
  • Swatara State Park – located in Lebanon and Schuylkill counties, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 3,500 acres and features over 18 miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of mountain biking trails, and 9 miles of equestrian trails. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, kayaking, and canoeing in the Swatara Creek, as well as picnicking and camping in the park.
  • Tobyhanna State Park – located in Monroe and Wayne counties, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 5,400 acres and features a 170-acre lake that is ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming. The park also has 7 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of mountain biking trails, and 10 miles of horseback riding trails. Visitors can also enjoy camping, picnicking, and winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing.
  • Trough Creek State Park – located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 554 acres and is home to the famous Balanced Rock, a large boulder perched on a narrow pedestal. The park also features a scenic gorge with waterfalls, hiking trails, and a small lake for fishing and boating. Visitors can also enjoy camping, picnicking, and hunting in the park.
  • Tuscarora State Park – located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 1,600 acres and features a 96-acre lake that is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming. The park also has 5 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of mountain biking trails, and 2 miles of horseback riding trails. Visitors can also enjoy camping, picnicking, and winter sports, such as ice skating and ice fishing.
  • Tyler State Park – located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 1,700 acres and features a large lake that is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming. The park also has over 20 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of mountain biking trails, and 9 miles of equestrian trails. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking, camping, and winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing.
  • Upper Pine Bottom State Park – located in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 5,100 acres and features the 1,200-foot long Little Pine Creek Gorge, which is over 300 feet deep. The park also has 7 miles of hiking trails, 3 miles of cross-country skiing trails, and 6 miles of snowmobiling trails. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking, fishing, and hunting in the park.
  • Varden Conservation Area – located in McKean County, Pennsylvania, USA. It covers over 400 acres and is known for its old-growth forest, which includes eastern hemlock, white pine, and black cherry trees. The park also features the Varden Conservation Trail, a 2.6-mile hiking trail that passes through the forest and offers scenic views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also enjoy birdwatching, picnicking, and fishing in the park.
  • Warriors Path State Park – Located in Blair County, Warriors Path State Park offers a wide range of recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. It has a 239-acre lake which is stocked with warm-water fish species. The park also has several picnic areas, a playground, and a large swimming pool.
  • Washington Crossing Historic Park – Situated along the Delaware River, in Bucks County, Washington Crossing Historic Park is the site where General George Washington crossed the river with his troops during the American Revolution in 1776. The park has a museum, several historic buildings, and the Bowman’s Hill Tower, which provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The park also hosts reenactments of the crossing each year on Christmas Day.
  • Whipple Dam State Park – Located in Huntingdon County, Whipple Dam State Park is a popular destination for swimming, picnicking, and hiking. It features a 22-acre lake that is stocked with trout and a sand beach for swimming. The park has several hiking trails, including the Mid State Trail, which passes through the park. There are also several picnic areas and a concession stand.
  • White Clay Creek Preserve – Situated on the border of Pennsylvania and Delaware, White Clay Creek Preserve is a 3,000-acre natural area that offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, fishing, and horseback riding. It features several miles of trails that wind through fields, forests, and streams. The preserve also has several historic sites, including the Judge Morris Estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Worlds End State Park – Located in Sullivan County, Worlds End State Park is known for its rugged beauty and scenic waterfalls. It features several hiking trails that provide stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The park also has several picnic areas, a swimming pool, and a campground. The Loyalsock Creek, which flows through the park, is popular for fishing and kayaking.
  • Yellow Creek State Park – Situated in Indiana County, Yellow Creek State Park is a popular destination for camping, fishing, and boating. It has a 720-acre lake that is stocked with warm-water fish species. The park also has several hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground. The park’s location in the Allegheny Mountains provides scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

National Parks

State & National Forests

Allegheny National Forest
Moshannon State Forest
Sproul State Forest
Susquehannock State Forest