Trails & Rec
If you want new places to hike or bike, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region is blessed with hundreds of miles of marvelous trails awaiting your exploration. From flat, leisurely rail-trails to steep, rugged mountain routes, the variety here will appeal to everyone from young families to adventure racers. The Redbank Valley Trail, Pennsylvania’s first Trail of the Year, and many others throughout the region offer year-round usage for hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and more.
Quehanna Wild Area
With nearly 500,000 acres, the Quehanna Wild Area is a perfect destination for any outdoor recreational activity. A 75-mile trail loops through the area with connecting trails offering an additional 30 miles. Scenic views, miles of trails, and an abundance of wildlife.
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. Don’t have skis? No problem, rent them!
Snowmobile Capital of Pennsylvania
Visit the small town of Marienville where snowmobiles and their riders are always welcome! Select roads are open to snowmobiles, making it easy to get around. Access to the ANF invites you to explore nearly 400 miles of trails.
There’s no shortage of beautiful scenery in the PA Great Outdoors region. The only question is – how do you want to see it? Our pristine wilderness will impress whether you’re on foot, bike, horseback or cruising along in a kayak.
Make sure you bring your camera, because you’ll want to share the amazing sights – sparkling rivers, bald eagles, tall trees and miles of mountain laurel – with your family and friends.
- Clarion – Little Toby Rail Trail – The 18 mile trail from Ridgway to Brockway is often praised for its ease and scenery. Well maintained and flat, the trail is ideal for bikers, hikers and cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Stop at one of the landmarks or ghost towns along the way and keep an eye open for bald eagles and river otters!
- Mahoning Shadow Trail – Winding along Mahoning Creek near Punxsutawney, this 15 mile trail crosses over a railroad trestle and provides impressive scenic views of the area. The “Devil’s Elbow” portion of the trail even has its own waterfall!
- Longfellow Trail – The 1.2-mile trail is one of the more popular trails in Cook Forest State Park. Many of the trees have been standing for well over 300 and 400 years and registered as a National Natural Landmark claiming the tallest in the Northeastern United States!
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Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, x-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing. Outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping.
Easy 1.4 mile self-guided trail with 36 interpretive signs highlighting vegetative management in the Central Allegheny Plateau Ecosystem and the historical significance of the Dahoga area
18-mile crushed limestone rail-trail along Little Toby Creek and Clarion River from Brockway to Ridgway for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing with ghost towns and swinging bridge.
Clear Creek State Park encompasses 1,901 acres and occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley. It offers camping, rustic cabins, and Clarion River access for fishing and boating.
Cook Forest State Park gives visitors the chance to explore ancient stands of giant trees. Men’s Journal called it “America’s Best Old-Growth Forest”. The Clarion River flows through the park and is popular with both paddlers and fishermen. Nearby Clear Creek State Park is a beautiful one-of-a-kind place nestled deep in a valley featuring spectacular views at Beartown Rocks and the stunning Western Pennsylvania Laurel Fields. The area surrounding the both parks have many vacation rentals, restaurants, shops, and fun attractions to enjoy.