Every weekend from May through September, you can feed your need for speed at two local dirt tracks in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region.
For two special weekends in May and October, Allegheny National Forest officials open up 90 miles of trails and roads usually closed to ATV traffic for the Tour-de-Forest, a popular ATV leisure ride that regularly draws 1,000 riders or more.
To open as many eyes (and mouths) as possible to the wealth of smoked goodness found in this region, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau has partnered with a number of local nonprofits, BBQ restaurants, community organizers, and folks with good taste to bring you several BBQ-focused events.
Each year, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, programs, communities, and places that exemplify the great work being done across the 12.5-county Pennsylvania Wilds region to develop nature tourism and the outdoor recreation economy in a way that creates jobs, diversifies local economies, inspires stewardship, and improves quality of life. This year, six winners from the five-county Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region within the larger Pennsylvania Wilds tourism area were announced as Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds, bringing well-deserved attention to the ways they improve the region and enhance visitor experiences to the special places within.
Each spring, the heart of Elk County explodes in a flurry of noise and sawdust as chainsaw artists from around the world put their creativity on display. The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, now in its 19th year, attracts tens of thousands of visitors who come to see skilled craftsmen and women transform raw logs into life-size wildlife sculptures, indoor and outdoor furniture, signs, home décor, and other surprisingly intricate works of art. Over the past two decades, the free festival has grown into the largest of its kind in the world. This year, the action transitions to a three-day event, and it all happens April 26-28 in downtown Ridgway.
You may think that drive-in movie theaters went the way of sock hops, poodle skirts, and McCarthyism after the 1950s, but a few still continue to delight moviegoers across the country, including one right here in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region. Every weekend through the spring, summer, and fall, Brookville’s Moonlite Drive-In Theatre entertains audiences under a blanket of stars, just as it did more than half a century ago.