Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

X-Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing

Numerous opportunities present themselves throughout our winter wonderland. Scenic trails weave through gorgeous stretches of forest and along rivers and streams.  There are many well-marked, well-groomed trails for beginners and rougher, challenging courses for experienced skiers.

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  • Allegheny National Forest

    Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing. Family-fun outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping.

    Along with the rich variety of outdoor recreation, several camping opportunities are available including 600 campsites,...
  • Allegheny River Trail

    Take a hike through one of the PA Wilds region's finest trails. Perfect for the serious hiker, the photo-enthusiast, or the nature-minded. There are many numerious sites that you don't want to miss along the Allegheny River Trail. Sites include the view from the Belmar Railroad Bridge, 50 Native American rock carvings that date back to 1200-1750,...
  • Brush Hollow Ski Trail

    Scenic trail along Big Mill Creek. Three loops of ungroomed trails totaling 7.6 miles. The trailhead offers parking and restroom. Finding the trail: The Brush Hollow trailhead is located ten miles north of Ridgway on State Route 948.
  • Buzzard Swamp Wildlife Viewing Area

    Most of the trails are not marked with diamonds, so watch the informational signs for directions. The skill level of the trails is easy and the terrain is relatively flat. Some of the trails are located within meadows with little protection from the sun and wind. Buzzard Swamp offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on the Forest....
  • Clarion Little Toby Rail Trail

    Rail-trail stretches for 18 miles from Brockway to Ridgway. Experienced hikers, mountain bikers and cross country skiers will appreciate the length and variety of the trail, while novices will love the easy grade! The entire trail is surfaced with crushed limestone. Trailheads are located in Brockway at Taylor Park, 7th Avenue and in Ridgway at...
  • Clear Creek State Forest

    Clear Creek State Forest provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, fishing, hunting and primitive camping. The forest has plenty of recreational trails available. Trails within the forest are open to mountain biking and to horseback riding unless posted closed. Primitive campers spending no more than one night on the State Forest do not...
  • Clear Creek State Park

    The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River. Recreational opportunities include: camping; canoeing, hunting, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking and winter activities. Call or go online for camping reservations. Cabins and yurts are available. Picnic tables, pavilions, and charcoal grills...
  • Cook Forest Ice Skating Pond

    Enjoy a scenic view of the Clarion River in its winter splendor. This lighted ice skating pond is maintained by the park office, has a parking area, shelter, fire ring, skate rental and a sledding hill just behind the pond. Visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/winter-report/index.htm??park=6202 for your winter weather report.
  • Cook Forest State Park

    The 8,500 acre park, once called the "Black Forest," is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and fishing. Call or go online for camping reservations. Tent...
  • Cornplanter State Forest

    Located in western Forest County near Tionesta, the Cornplanter State Forest consists of 1,256 acres. It is named in honor of Chief Cornplanter, a famous Native American Chief of the Seneca tribe instrumental in maintaining peace between the new American government and the League of the Iroquois between 1784 and 1812.
    The State Forest is only 10...
  • Country Squirrel Outfitters

    Sales, rentals & guide service-canoes, kayaks, bicycles, repair shop, hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, XC skis, snowshoes, snowboards, running, geocaching, hunting, fishing and apparel.

    Received the PA Wilds' 2014 Business of the Year Award.
  • Elk State Forest

    Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing, and offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

    Primitive camping is overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by...
  • Laurel Mill Cross Country Skiing

    This 9.1 mile groomed trail system located in the Allegheny National Forest Parking, warming hut and restroom. Trails are well marked and range from easy to difficult. The Elk Loop, Cook-Eli Connector Trail, Half Mile Loop, and Big Oak Trail are suitable for beginning skiers. The Scout Loop, Hemlock Loop and Sparrow Nest Loop are better suited...
  • Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania

    Paddle the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Search for traces of logging ghost towns. Watch an osprey plunge into the Allegheny River and emerge with a fish. Follow the route of a logging railroad as you bike the trail into the Pine Creek Gorge. In the Lumber Heritage Region, roughly two million acres of public lands give both wildlife and...
  • Mahoning Shadow Trail

    The Mahoning Shadow Trail stretches 15 miles along the corridor of the former Penn Central Railroad. The trail winds along the scenic Mahoning Creek for most of its course throughout the Punxsutawney area. The trail is designed for non-motorized recreational usage including bicyclists, walkers, runners, and cross-country skiers.

    Visitors will...

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