Winter

Winter is a special time in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors, a time when scenery, spirit and weather conspire to produce storybook scenes and fantastic fun for everyone!

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Lodging Discounts

Experience a hot tub in the snow, a friendly bed and breakfast, a jacuzzi suite for a romantic getaway, a cozy cabin buried in the woods or the convenience of a hotel while you are enjoying fun winter activities in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors.

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Shop Local

Avoid the crowded malls searching through the same expensive gifts from last year. Unique, one-of-a-kind, and handmade gifts from the heart are what the holidays are about. Support small businesses and shop in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors!

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Stay warm this season!

Stock up on warm reds, crisp whites, and sparkling wines for holiday entertaining.  Straub Brewery, Clarion River Brewing Co, and Blackbird Distillery offer a unique experience, delicious varieties, and a touch of history. Check out the new Uncork Tasting Trail!

Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region offers dozens of exhilarating outdoor activities on forest trails, mountain slopes, and frozen lakes along with plenty of ways to warm you up when you’re done!

  • Marienville is the Snowmobile Capital of Pennsylvania and offers access to the hundreds of miles of trails in the Allegheny National Forest.  You’ll want to be in Marienville on January 27th for the annual Winterfest celebration with plenty of winter fun including a torchlight snowmobile parade.
  • Snowshoeing is a fun and easy to learn activity!  Any of the state parks in the area have great trails to explore that are seldom visited in the winter months.  Check with the local outfitters for x-country ski and snowshoe rentals.
  • Our region has some of the most scenic and exhilarating Cross-Country Skiing trails you’ll ever experience weaving through gorgeous stretches of forested land.  Here’s a look at a few top picks to help you plan your adventure.
  • Experience Pennsylvania’s wild elk herd in the winter!  There are many opportunities to view these majestic creatures including the Elk Scenic Drive, designated viewing areas, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and the Elk Country Visitor Center.
  • Enjoy some crazy chilly fun!  Every January 1st, the town of Parker hosts it’s “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Bear Plunge into the icy Allegheny River benefiting many local charities including Camo Cares, Hunt of a Lifetime, Boys and Girls clubs, fire departments and more!  January is the annual Medix Hotel Polar Bear Plunge into Bennetts Branch!
  • Each February 2nd thousands of people gather from all over the world to witness the world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, announce his prediction how soon to expect spring!  Come experience Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania!
  • The historic town of Ridgway, Pennsylvania welcomes hundreds of chainsaw carvers and thousands of spectators to the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.  Carvers showcase their talents creating amazing works of art from a simple log on April 26-28, 2018.

Events

july

2018sun22jul(jul 22)9:00 amsat28(jul 28)10:00 pmFeaturedClarion County Fair9:00 am - 10:00 pm (28) EST Clarion County Fairgrounds, 137 Park RoadCounties:ClarionCategory:Children’s Events,Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018thu26jul(jul 26)12:00 amsat28(jul 28)11:59 pmFeaturedAllegheny Mountain Championship Rodeo12:00 am - 11:59 pm (28) EST Flying W Ranch, 685 Flying W Ranch RdCounties:ForestCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Sports

2018sun29jul1:00 pmsun5:00 pmFeaturedSt. Mary's Airport Drag Races1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST St. Mary's Airport, 159 Cessna Road, St. Marys, PACounties:ElkCategory:Featured,Outdoor Adventure,Sports

august

2018sun05aug(aug 5)12:00 amsat11(aug 11)11:59 pmFeaturedCameron County Fair12:00 am - 11:59 pm (11) EST Cameron County Fair, 1043 Rich Valley Rd Counties:CameronCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018sun05augAll Daysat11FeaturedSykesville Ag and Youth Fair(All Day) EST Sykesville Fair GroundsCounties:JeffersonCategory:Children’s Events,Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018tue07augAll Daysat11FeaturedElk County Fair(All Day) EST Elk County Fairgrounds, 316 Dietz Rd, Kersey, PACounties:ElkCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Food & Wine

2018wed15aug(aug 15)12:00 amsat18(aug 18)11:59 pmFeaturedKnox Horse Thief Days12:00 am - 11:59 pm (18) EST Downtown Knox and surrounding area Knox PA 16232Counties:ClarionCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018sat18aug(aug 18)8:00 amsun19(aug 19)8:00 pmFeaturedElk Expo8:00 am - 8:00 pm (19) EST Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Children’s Events,Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Music,Nature & Wildlife,Outdoor Adventure,State Parks: Events & Programs

2018sun26aug1:00 pmsun5:00 pmFeaturedSt. Mary's Airport Drag Races1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST St. Mary's Airport, 159 Cessna Road, St. Marys, PACounties:ElkCategory:Featured,Outdoor Adventure,Sports

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