By Adam McCully

Those of us that live in the state of Pennsylvania are incredibly fortunate to claim one of the nation’s most majestic and adventure filled national forests. The Allegheny National Forest provides us – and thousands of tourist each year – with a never ending supply of activities.

During the summer months, visitors can hike the many trails, observe the prevalent wildlife or float down the river in a canoe or kayak. However, the argument can be made that the winter months transform the forest into a landscape that’s even more beautiful and almost surreal.

A frosty winter day in the Allegheny National Forest is a sight to behold, and what better way to behold that sight than on the back of a snowmobile (or “snow machine” for our Canadian readers). The trails that wind through the ANF were designed for snowmobilers that desire a mix of beauty and adventure in their runs, and with over 300 miles of trails it’s entirely possible to discover a completely new area each time you go out.

If you’re headed out this winter with your snowmobile, remember to be safe. Always wear your helmet and dress appropriately. Have a route preplanned before heading out and be sure to let others know where you’re going in case you get lost. For more information on the trails search for ANF snowmobile trails on or call the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at (814) 849-5197.

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