Parks & Recreation Areas

Come play in our big backyard. The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region boasts America’s best old-growth forest, the state’s only national forest, and many state parks and natural, wild, and recreational areas perfect for the entire family to see stunning vistas, view wildlife, and connect with nature.

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Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding. Outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, and camping.

The Seneca named this area "where the water separates the land." Seven islands totaling 368 acres are designated as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Historic town square was named for the founding father, Reverend David Barclay, who donated the land for public use in 1822. The stone Memorial Bandstand in the center of the park was dedicated in 1932 as a memorial to veterans.

The "best-kept secret” in Clear Creek State Forest. Massive house-sized boulders, created by glaciers, with breathtaking scenic views and hiking trails.

Popular for photography, bird watching, hiking, fishing, and picnicking with nearly 850 acres of lakes, wetlands, and meadows surrounded by woods. More than 150 species of birds and waterfowl have been identified.

100 acres on the East Branch of the Clarion River. Swimming pool, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and SnowFest first Saturday in February.

1,465 acres managed by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in Jay Township, Elk County. Open to the public for hiking and hunting.

Two and a half miles east of East Brady, a spectacular eight-mile panoramic view of the magnificent bend in the nationally recognized Allegheny River. Bring your camera.

Over 16,400-acre natural area near Emporium. Four major hiking and backpacking treks include Quehanna, Bucktail Path, Donut Hole, and Chuck Keiper trails.

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201826apr(apr 26)10:00 am28(apr 28)5:00 pmFeaturedRidgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous10:00 am - 5:00 pm (28) EST Center St., Ridgway, 109 Center StCounties:ElkCategory:Arts,Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Outdoor Adventure

201819apr(apr 19)7:00 pm22(apr 22)10:00 pmClarion University’s Movies on Main7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (22) EST Movies on Main, East Main StCounties:ClarionCategory:Theater

201820apralldayWine & Dine Weekend(All Day) EST Gateway Lodge, 14870 Route 36Counties:Cook Forest,JeffersonCategory:Food & Wine,Music

201803may(may 3)10:00 am05(may 5)9:00 pmOutdoor & Recreation Show10:00 am - 9:00 pm (5) EST Clarion Mall, Exit 62 of I-80Counties:ClarionCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Other

2018thu03may5:00 pm8:00 pmThe Red Caboose: A Book Signing Event5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST Elk County Council on the Arts, 237 Main StCounties:ElkCategory:Arts

201803may(may 3)7:00 pm06(may 6)10:00 pmClarion University’s Movies on Main7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (6) EST Movies on Main, East Main StCounties:ClarionCategory:Theater

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