With so much beautiful scenery all around and miles of trails to explore, hiking and bicycling are two of the most popular activities in the PA Great Outdoors Region.

The Redbank Valley Trail was named 2014 Pennsylvania Trail of the year by DCNR. The 51 mile trail parallels scenic Redbank Creek through mostly natural areas from the confluence with the Allegheny River in East Brady via New Bethlehem to Brookville and offers visitors tunnels, bridges, and stone arches to enjoy along the way.

Hikers love the Clarion/Little Toby Trail which runs from Ridgway to Brockway. It follows the Wild & Scenic Clarion River and the Little Toby Creek past six ghost towns, goes over a swinging bridge, and past the remnants of a 1932 train wreck.

The scenery along the Cook Forest Trail is outstanding. The trail leads to Seneca Point which offers a magnificent natural overlook with a commanding view of the Wild & Scenic Clarion River Valley. The Longfellow Pine at 183.6 feet tall is the tallest tree in Pennsylvania and can be seen when hiking Longfellow Trail in Cook Forest in the Forest Cathedral Natural Area which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by The National Park Service.

Hikers can explore Beartown Rocks, the best kept secret in Clear Creek State Park. This impressive collection of house-sized boulders, created by glaciers, offers breathtaking views and excellent photographic opportunities. Both Cook Forest State Park and Clear Creek State Park have miles of well-maintained trails where abundant wildlife can be seen.

You can take an elk viewing bicycle ride starting in the town in Benezette in Elk County. Nowhere else in the eastern U.S. will you find such a scenic, easy ride that offers the opportunity to see wild elk. The best times of the day for elk viewing are right after dawn and just before dusk.

The ½ million-acre Allegheny National Forest in Forest County has over 600 miles of hiking trails to explore. Two of the most popular trails are the Buzzard Swamp Trail near Marienville and the Minister Creek Trail near Tionesta.

These are just some of the amazing trails in the PA Great Outdoors Region. Get your free trail maps by calling the (814) 849-5917 or VisitPAGO.com. Trail maps are also available at state park and national forest offices.

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