The Pennsylvania Wilds is an outdoor lover’s paradise. This road trip will take adventurers on a scenic pathway through state parks, wildlife viewing areas, and miles and miles of hiking trails. And for water lovers, there are plenty of opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and all the rest. To top it off, visitors can explore the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, a luxurious natural hideaway and a first of its kind in PA. Pack up the car and find out why.
Trail hopping in the Alleghenies is equal parts water, forest and a bit of railroad lore. It's a hiker and biker wonderland, with endless trail combinations to explore, and a place for solitude and a bit of sightseeing on the side. Over the river and through the woods and around the Horseshoe Curve - these trails really mix it up, all in the unspoiled wilderness of the Alleghenies.
Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands region has more than its share of steep hills and thrills. It also has the kind of country markets, inns and dining places, as well as one of the world’s most famous houses, and not just because it has a natural waterfall in the living room. So whether you’re a hill hiker or a mountain biker, you’re in for some serious trails. Not just any trails, the kind that are steeped in history, lush scenery, interesting side-routes and plenty of other excuses to take it all in, and fall behind in your itinerary (it’s worth it).
Becoming one with nature, getting your cardio workout — it’s all just that much more pleasant in Upstate PA, where the outdoors is your instant friend. Whatever your mode of climb, be it boot or bike, many of the trails are near the water, with tons of between-trail activities like swimming and fishing. You’ll also discover plenty of peaceful country inns and resorts, scenic byways, pristine rivers and creeks, historical sites and a rich diversity of restaurants that make this an ideal place for a memorable vacation. It’s easy to extend this two-day road trip into something longer.