Parks & Recreation Areas

Come play in our big backyard. The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region boasts America’s best old-growth forest, the state’s only national forest, and many state parks and natural, wild, and recreational areas perfect for the entire family to see stunning vistas, view wildlife, and connect with nature.

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Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding. Outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, and camping.

The Seneca named this area "where the water separates the land." Seven islands totaling 368 acres are designated as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Historic town square was named for the founding father, Reverend David Barclay, who donated the land for public use in 1822. The stone Memorial Bandstand in the center of the park was dedicated in 1932 as a memorial to veterans.

The "best-kept secret” in Clear Creek State Forest. Massive house-sized boulders, created by glaciers, with breathtaking scenic views and hiking trails.

Popular for photography, bird watching, hiking, fishing, and picnicking with nearly 850 acres of lakes, wetlands, and meadows surrounded by woods. More than 150 species of birds and waterfowl have been identified.

100 acres on the East Branch of the Clarion River. Swimming pool, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and SnowFest first Saturday in February.

1,465 acres managed by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in Jay Township, Elk County. Open to the public for hiking and hunting.

Two and a half miles east of East Brady, a spectacular eight-mile panoramic view of the magnificent bend in the nationally recognized Allegheny River. Bring your camera.

In Elk State Forest featuring the Square Timber Wild Area and Bucktail and Johnson Run Natural Areas with a dozen well-marked hiking trails.

Over 16,400-acre natural area near Emporium. Four major hiking and backpacking treks include Quehanna, Bucktail Path, Donut Hole, and Chuck Keiper trails.

Events

october

2018wed31oct7:00 pmwed9:00 pmFeaturedCathedral by Candlelight7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning ClassroomCounties:Cook ForestCategory:Featured,History & Heritage,Nature & Wildlife,Outdoor Adventure,State Parks: Events & Programs

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2018fri02nov(nov 2)10:00 amsun04(nov 4)5:00 pmFeaturedGingerbread Tour10:00 am - 5:00 pm (4) EST Counties:Cook Forest,JeffersonCategory:Crafts & Markets,Featured,Holiday

2018sat03nov7:30 pmsat10:30 pmFeaturedJosh Turner Live in Punxsutawney7:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST Punxsutawney Community Center, 220 North Jefferson StCounties:JeffersonCategory:Featured,Music

2018sat10nov(nov 10)10:30 amsun11(nov 11)4:00 pmFeatured7th Annual Tour for Elk Ride & Toy Drive10:30 am - 4:00 pm (11) EST Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Featured,Outdoor Adventure

2018fri16nov(nov 16)1:00 ammon26(nov 26)1:00 amFeaturedA Christmas Gathering in Brockway1:00 am - 1:00 am (26) EST Brockway, Taylor Memorial Park, Brockway, PA Counties:JeffersonCategory:Crafts & Markets,Featured,Holiday

2018fri16nov(nov 16)10:00 amsun18(nov 18)5:00 pmFeaturedOnce Upon a Christmas10:00 am - 5:00 pm (18) EST Knox, downtown Knox, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Crafts & Markets,Featured,Holiday

2018fri30novsat01decFeaturedFestival of Trees10:00 am - (december 1) 4:00 pm EST Sawmill Center for the Arts, 140 Theatre Lane, Cooksburg, PACounties:Cook ForestCategory:Crafts & Markets,Featured,Holiday

2018fri30nov(nov 30)4:00 pmsun02dec(dec 2)10:00 pmFeaturedVictorian Christmas4:00 pm - (december 2) 10:00 pm est Brookville, Main StCounties:JeffersonCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured,History & Heritage

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