Winter is the perfect time for a romantic getaway to the PA Great Outdoors region. The crowds are smaller than during summer and fall.  During winter the beauty of our woodlands after a fresh snow is unmatched. Hiking through ancient giant hemlocks and pines in Cathedral Forest in Cook Forest State Park is one of the best ways to experience nature’s winter wonderland.  Cook Forest also has a sledding hill and ice skating pond. The scenery while driving River Road that runs along the Wild & Scenic Clarion River can be stunning with impressive ice jams that river otters often use as their playground.  On a clear day with fresh snow, the white birch trees of Marion Brooks range in the Quehanna Wild Area can be awe inspiring.  When you visit Elk Country, when you see one elk you will usually see many more nearby as they are in the large winter herds. For a beautiful panoramic view of the Allegheny River take a drive to Brady’s Bend Overlook near East Brady.  February 2nd Punxsutawney comes alive as the world watches Phil make his annual prognostication.  In March, the top chainsaw carvers from around the world gather in Ridgway for the annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.  Also in March, you can hear some of the best music in the eastern U.S. at the Clarion River Blue Grass Jam.  No need to hibernate until spring when there are so many things to do and see during winter in the PA Great Outdoors region.

To help you plan your winter getaway we have put together Winter Lodging Specials with many of our members.  Find more information online at

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