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Through Through thethe efforts efforts of conservation of conservation leaders, leaders, many many plants plants andand animals animals have have gotten gotten second second chances chances andand areare thriving thriving again again in Pennsylvania. in Pennsylvania. Read Read some some of their of their amazing amazing stories stories below. below.

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A five-county A five-county areaarea of northern of northern Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is home is home to the to the largest largest elk herd elk herd in the in the northeastnortheastern ern United United States. States. Visitors Visitors flockflock there there every every fall to falllisten to listen for the for the dramatic dramatic bugling bugling of the of the bullsbulls (male (male elk)elk) during during the the mating mating season—September season—September through through October—but October—but it wasn’t it wasn’t always always thatthat way.way. By the By the latelate 1800s, 1800s, elk had elk had beenbeen totally totally eliminated eliminated fromfrom theirtheir last last stronghold stronghold in Pennsylin Pennsylvania, vania, nearnear the the appropriately-named appropriately-named Elk County. Elk County. in 1913, in 1913, the the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Game Game commission commission began began reintroducing reintroducing elk from elk from Yellowstone Yellowstone National National ParkPark andand other other places places around around the the nation. nation. Today Today a herd a herd of 600-700 of 600-700 elk thrive elk thrive in aninarea an area known known as the as the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Wilds. Wilds. A glimpse A glimpse of of these these majestic majestic creatures—some creatures—some withwith weights weights approaching approaching 1,000 1,000 pounds—is pounds—is a sight a sight to behold. to behold. But,But, as with as with all wildlife, all wildlife, keepkeep youryour distance distance andand admire admire fromfrom afar.afar.

River River Otters Otters OneOne of our of our most most charismatic charismatic mammals, mammals, the the riverriver otter, otter, waswas common common throughout throughout Pennsylvania Pennsylvania priorprior to the to the 20th20th century. century. Trapping, Trapping, water water pollution, pollution, andand the the destruction destruction of their of their habitat habitat decimated decimated theirtheir population. population. With With theirtheir future future in Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania in peril, in peril, a reintroduction a reintroduction program program began began in 1982 in 1982 withwith support support fromfrom the the WildWild Resource Resource Conservation Conservation Fund. Fund. By 2002, By 2002, more more thanthan 150150 riverriver otters otters hadhad beenbeen released released in eight in eight major major watersheds watersheds of the of the commonwealth. commonwealth. Today, Today, riverriver otters otters are expanding are expanding theirtheir range range across across the the state. state. Keep Keep an eye an eye out out for the for the sleek, sleek, 10-30 10-30 pound pound animals animals swimming swimming in the in the waters waters of our of our parks parks andand forests forests or maybe or maybe a river a river nearnear you.you.

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Wild WildSuccess SuccessStories Stories

Through Through thethe efforts efforts of conservation of conservation leaders, leaders, many many plants plants andand animals animals have have gotten gotten second second chances chances andand areare thriving thriving again again in Pennsylvania. in Pennsylvania. Read Read some some of their of their amazing amazing stories stories below. below.

Elk Elk A five-county A five-county areaarea of northern of northern Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is home is home to the to the largest largest elk herd elk herd in the in the northeastnortheastern ern United United States. States. Visitors Visitors flockflock there there every every fall to falllisten to listen for the for the dramatic dramatic bugling bugling of the of the bullsbulls (male (male elk)elk) during during the the mating mating season—September season—September through through October—but October—but it wasn’t it wasn’t always always thatthat way.way. By the By the latelate 1800s, 1800s, elk had elk had beenbeen totally totally eliminated eliminated fromfrom theirtheir last last stronghold stronghold in Pennsylin Pennsylvania, vania, nearnear the the appropriately-named appropriately-named Elk County. Elk County. in 1913, in 1913, the the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Game Game commission commission began began reintroducing reintroducing elk from elk from Yellowstone Yellowstone National National ParkPark andand other other places places around around the the nation. nation. Today Today a herd a herd of 600-700 of 600-700 elk thrive elk thrive in aninarea an area known known as the as the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Wilds. Wilds. A glimpse A glimpse of of these majestic creatures—some weights approaching 1,000 pounds—is a sight to behold. these majestic creatures—some withwith weights approaching 1,000 pounds—is a sight to behold. as with all wildlife, distance admire But,But, as with all wildlife, keepkeep youryour distance andand admire fromfrom afar.afar.

River River Otters Otters OneOne of our of our most most charismatic charismatic mammals, mammals, the the riverriver otter, otter, waswas common common throughout throughout Pennsylvania Pennsylvania priorprior to the 20th20th century. Trapping, water pollution, andand the the destruction of their habitat to the century. Trapping, water pollution, destruction of their habitat decimated population. With future in Pennsylvania in peril, a reintroduction program decimated theirtheir population. With theirtheir future in Pennsylvania in peril, a reintroduction program began in 1982 withwith support fromfrom the the WildWild Resource Conservation Fund. By 2002, more thanthan began in 1982 support Resource Conservation Fund. By 2002, more 150150 riverriver otters hadhad beenbeen released in eight major watersheds of the commonwealth. Today, otters released in eight major watersheds of the commonwealth. Today, riverriver otters are expanding theirtheir range across the the state. Keep an eye out out for the sleek, 10-30 otters are expanding range across state. Keep an eye for the sleek, 10-30 pound animals swimming in the waters of our parks andand forests or maybe a river nearnear you.you. pound animals swimming in the waters of our parks forests or maybe a river

Big Big Trees Trees Centuries Centuries ago,ago, “Penn’s “Penn’s Woods” Woods” waswas mainly mainly oneone largelarge forest forest dominated dominated by skyscraping by skyscraping hemlocks hemlocks andand white white pines. pines. But But demand demand for lumber for lumber andand wood wood products products erased erased most most of these of these giant giant evergreens evergreens fromfrom the the landscape landscape and,and, by the by the earlyearly 1900s, 1900s, onlyonly a few, a few, scattered scattered stands stands remained. remained. Thanks Thanks to conservation to conservation efforts, efforts, old growth old growth stands stands containing containing these these species species andand others others cancan be found be found in 19inlocations, 19 locations, primarily primarily in state in state parks parks andand forests. forests. Gaze Gaze in awe in awe at these at these trees trees thatthat soarsoar 150150 feetfeet highhigh or more—some or more—some which which werewere bornborn before before the the arrival arrival of the of the firstfirst Europeans. Europeans. Revel Revel in the in the lushlush shade. shade. cherish cherish the the deafening deafening silence. silence. Listen Listen to the to the stories stories theythey whisper whisper to you to you fromfrom our our state’s state’s longlong history. history.

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Denton Hill State Park Tucked in the steep slopes of the Pennsylvania Wilds, Denton Hill State Park F1 provides thrills to skiers and mountain bikers alike.

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For the Birds Amateur and expert bird watchers can enjoy the avian opportunities at Bald Eagle State Park F4. In 2010, visitors will be able to stay at the bird-themed Nature Inn, the first of its kind in our state parks.

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Park and Forest Staff Recommendations Great Lakes Region

From great beaches along Lake Erie, to the historic oil sites and, of course, loads of wildlife watching, this part of Pennsylvania will keep you mesmerized.

Biking Bliss The paved shoreline bike trail at Maurice K. Goddard State Park A2 gives cyclists 12 miles of scenic, biking bliss. Bikers will find shady relief from the hot summer sun and picturesque views of the lake.

Hiking Haven Backpackers can see Oil Creek State Park B2 by setting out on the scenic 36-mile Gerard Trail. The trail’s Adirondack-style shelters are a rewarding end to the day. Just Beachy The recurving sand spit in Presque Isle State Park A1 offers visitors nearly a dozen swimming beaches in the waters of Lake Erie.

Natural State of the Lake Erie Bluffs State Park A1 contains the largest undeveloped stretch of Lake Erie coastline in Pennsylvania. The park has no facilities but is a great place to experience a natural Great Lake coastline. Black Gold The historic structures at Oil Creek State Park B2 tell the little-known story of Pennsylvania’s oil boom and first commercial oil well. Waterfowl World The lakes and wetlands of Pymatuning State Park A2 are fantastic places to spot migrating waterfowl and the spillway is a well-known location to view fish.

State Park Superlative Pymatuning State Park A2, one of Pennsylvania’s largest state parks, boasts a long list of superlatives: the largest campground and the largest lake, making it one of the most visited state parks in the state.

Green House The Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park A1 houses displays, a large format theater, gift shop, snack bar and is a LEED-certified green building. Wildlife Watching Lake Wilhelm at Maurice K. Goddard State Park A2 attracts wildlife year-round such as beaver, bald eagle, osprey, loon and more. A Tale of Two Surfs Explore quiet lagoons by canoe or kayak or brave the breaking waves of Lake Erie at Presque Isle State Park A1.

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Get ready to see some of most scenic overlooks of the entire state, including breathtaking views of the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” and more. Giants of the Forest Walk among giants at Cook Forest State Park C3 in the “Forest Cathedral,” which features oldgrowth white pines and hemlocks that may reach up to 180 feet tall. Uplifting Experience Watch colorful hang gliders take flight from the overlook at Hyner View State Park F3 or simply enjoy the vista over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Star Light, Star Bright Be a night owl at Cherry Springs State Park F2, where you can view the darkest skies on the East Coast and a 360-degree view virtually free of light pollution.

It’s Wild Out There Bring your binoculars or camera when traveling to Sinnemahoning State Park E2, where you could see bald eagles and bugling elk. A Grand Gorge The Rim Trail at Colton Point G2 has numerous rewarding vistas of the “Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.” For a harder hike, try the Turkey Path to the bottom of the canyon. Take a Walk on the Boardwalk The Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area in Black Moshannon State Park E4 features hiking trails and a boardwalk to let visitors get up close to the animals and plants of this unique area.

Beat Cabin Fever Who says festivals are for only warm weather? Winter festivals at RB Winter G4 and Chapman State Park C1 offer a myriad of activities such as dog sledding, ice carving and snowshoeing.

Foliage Festivities The Pennsylvania Wilds abounds with fall festivals like the Annual Autumn Festival at Little Pine State Park G2. Festival-goers can take in th crisp fall air while enjoying vendors, food and outdoor recreation.

Log Some Party Time To celebrate the rich history of early logging in Pennsylvania, Parker Dam State Park E3 holds the annual Woodhick Festival the Sunday before Labor Day. Visitors can roll logs and try a crosscut saw, all to compete for the title of Woodhick (or Woodchick).

Put Your Mettle to the Pedal Take a mountain bike ride on the wild and rugged Moshannon E4 and Sproul state forests F3. Regardless of your skill level, there are easily accessed forest roads that suit all.


Upstate PA

See forests, lakes, rivers and more where Pennsylvania meets her sister states. Here, enjoy whitewater, cross-country skiing, backpacking and a host of other activities. Unlimited Fun The 949-acre Beltzville Lake at Beltzville State Park K4 is a hotbed of water fun. The unlimited horsepower boating makes it a top water ski destination. See Three States! At the top of Big Pocono State Park L3 visitors can see three states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In winter the vista closes, but the downhill skiing begins. Rock On Scamper across Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park K4, a National Natural Landmark created during the last ice age. Whitewater During water releases the Lehigh River boasts Class III rapids, perfect for rafting and kayaking. In between rapids, boaters enjoy the beauty of Lehigh Gorge State Park K4.

Hiker Heaven The 43 miles of hiking trails at Hickory Run State Park K4 explore dark coniferous forests, light deciduous forests, bogs, meadows, glacial moraines, boulder fields, streams, natural areas, valleys, mountains and more. Sweet Water Hailed by its patrons as the sweetest water for swimming, the Loyalsock River in Worlds End State Park I2 is a summer favorite. Waterfalls 22 waterfalls tumble down a steep gorge at Ricketts Glen State Park I3. A National Natural Landmark, the Glens is a good hike too. Give the Forest a Tree ID Check On Delaware State Forest’s L3 marked trails, identify trees, view management practices and uncover interesting tree facts.

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The End of the World Featuring scenic views of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, Worlds End State Park I2 has at least three vistas, including “Worlds End” itself. Ride into History Over 20 miles of abandoned railroad grade follows the Lehigh River, perfect for biking and hiking. Once a canal for hauling anthracite coal, Lehigh Gorge State Park K4 allows whitewater boating. Classic Pocono Beauty One of the oldest state parks, Promised Land L3 radiates rustic charm and beauty. Two lakes, a large campground, rustic cabins and lots of hiking trails make this a timeless vacation classic. Winter Fun Once used to make ice, Tobyhanna Lake at Tobyhanna State Park L3 boasts thick ice for ice fishing and skating, plus cross-country skiing trails and a snowmobile trail. Walk the Walk Hike the 23-mile Pinchot Trail on the Lackawanna State Forest K2 and get a first-hand look at several forest types. Consider bringing a backpack and making it an overnight trip on this easily accessed trail. A Swampy Nature Hike The Thunder Swamp Trail System located in Delaware State Forest L3 offers scenic, short loop trails for day use and longer loops for overnight camping.

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Changing terrain and unlimited colonial history are just a portion of the offerings. Transported by History The Delaware Canal L5 is the longest intact canal from the canal era. Mules used to pull barges full of goods through this National Historic Landmark. Something Smells Fishy The 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon L5 is a warm-water fishery. Common species are walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, small and largemouth bass, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish, carp and panfish. A Novel Park A gift from novelist James A. Michener, the High Rocks portion of Ralph Stover State Park L5 gives lovely views of Tohicken Creek and a challenge for rock climbers. Sail Away The 535-acre lake at Marsh Creek State Park K7 is great for fishing and sailing, and is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl. Sailboaters take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing winds. Trailapalooza Hikers, bikers and horseback riders visit Tyler State Park L6 for the bicycle, equestrian and hiking trails which wander through forests near Neshaminy Creek and the numerous picnic areas.

Geologic Curious Rock! Visit William Penn State Forest’s K6 Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens for an up-close view of one of the few places in the state where grayish-green serpentine rock juts from the soil and where many rare plant species call home. Wild and Free Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, White Clay Creek K7 possesses outstanding scenic, wildlife, recreational and cultural value, and shall be preserved in free-flowing condition. Go Green! Visit the Eagles Forest at Neshaminy State Park L6 where DCNR and the Philadelphia Eagles created a forest to offset carbon emissions from away game travel.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Bird! Every fall birders flock to Fort Washington State Park’s L6 hawk watch platform to see many species of raptors migrate south. Please Release Me Twice a year, a planned water release from Lake Nockamixon L5 turns the Tohicken Creek into whitewater. Spectators cheer on the droves of whitewater boaters.

Hidden Gem Ridley Creek State Park L7 encompasses over 2,606 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows. The gently rolling terrain of the park, bisected by Ridley Creek, is only 16 miles from center city Philadelphia.

Great Shot! The famous Henry Rifle was once made at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center L4, where visitors get insight into a colonial gun manufactory.

Homing Fish The American shad travels to the ocean, then returns to its home river to breed. See their journey at the fish passageway in Easton at Delaware Canal State Park L5.

Sea Level Although Neshaminy State Park L6 is 116 miles from the ocean, The Delaware River is at sea level. When the tide comes in, the river rises and falls, creating an estuary.


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and scenic views around middle-Pennsylvania. Uncivil Park Once an iron furnace that was burned in the Civil War, Caledonia State Park G7 now boasts hiking, swimming, camping, the Appalachian Trail and other quite civil recreational activities. Game On! Hunting opportunities abound here in the rolling hills of southcentral Pennsylvania’s Tuscarora State Forest C5. The forest here is home to ample numbers of deer, turkey, grouse and black bear. Two Lakes Bring an electric-powered boat to French Creek State Park K6 to fish for trout, pike, pickerel and bass. Scotts Lake is a cold-water fishery and Hopewell Lake is a warmwater fishery.

Education Worth a King’s Ransom Sitting astride South Mountain and offering a scenic view of Cumberland Valley, the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center G7 offers education programs from pre-school environmental awareness programs to more advanced programs for adults. Codorus is for Lake Lovers! The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg at Codorus State Park H7 has 26 miles of shoreline. A rest stop for migrating birds, the lake is also popular with boaters and anglers. Ring Around the Lake Lakeside Trail at Gifford Pinchot State Park H7 encircles the 340-acre Pinchot Lake and provides scenic hiking, biking and recreation in all seasons.

Trail Park Hikers at French Creek State Park K6 enjoy the more than 35 miles of trails that cover a large portion of the park’s 7,475 acres. Horseback riders and mountain bikers have plenty of trails to enjoy too. Historical Meeting Places The historic mill and tavern at Little Buffalo State Park G5 have been meeting places for centuries. Visit the park to learn more about them. A Luxury Forest Hosiery baron Jacob Nolde hired Austrian foresters to create a “luxury forest.” Today everyone can enjoy Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center’s J6 beauty through educational and recreational programs. Stuck in the Middle Hikers of the Appalachian Trail stop at Pine Grove Furnace State Park G7 and eat a half-gallon of ice cream to celebrate reaching the halfway point on the trail. Head for the Hills! Take a scenic drive on the more than 130 miles of gravel roads used for sight-seeing in the beautiful Michaux State Forest G7.

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Lake Front Property The Gifford Pinchot State Park H7 campground has campsites near the lake, plus yurts and some camping cottages with beautiful water views.

Turn up the Bass Search for bass and other warmwater fish in Long Pine Run Reservoir located in the Michaux State Forest G7.

SHIKELLAMY STATE PARK

Valleys of the Susquehanna

You get the best of both worlds in the Susquehanna areas, from the river of the same name to pristine old-growth forest and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. A Forester’s Dream In 1910, a young forester dreamed of making a park in a forest of shrubs and forest fire residue. See how well he made out with a visit to R.B. Winter State Park G4, which has fishing, hiking, camping, swimming and more. Step Into an Organic Time Machine Explore Jakey Hollow Natural Area of Weiser State Forest J5 located off PA Route 42, five miles north of Bloomsburg in Columbia County. This 59-acre stand of old growth white pine, eastern hemlock and northern hardwoods suggests what Penn’s Woods was like before industrial logging cleared the original forest.

Good Thing That Left a Mark Look for “pingo scars” in the Halfway Run Natural Area of Bald Eagle State Forest G4. These watery depressions carved out by ice are breeding grounds for forest amphibians. The careful observer can see many other forms of wildlife residing here as well. As Old as the Hills Investigate more than 250 acres of pristine old growth forest in the Snyder-Middleswarth Natural Area of the Bald Eagle State Forest G4 located northwest of Troxelville. The woods here are more than a collection of sylvan giants, they are a unique ecosystem with many habitat zones from the ground up.

Quick Hook Get hooked on hiking. The Hook Natural Area in the Bald Eagle State Forest G4, offers over 5,000 secluded acres that preserve a beautiful watershed and is accessed by a number of rugged foot trails for miles of adventure. Admirable Birds Go birding in the Tall Timbers Natural Area of the Bald Eagle State Forest G4 located in Snyder County. Many species of warblers and deep forest dwelling birds can be seen here during the spring migration. Confluence The north and west branches of the Susquehanna River meet at Shikellamy State Park H4, the best of both worlds.


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The Alleghenies

Don’t miss a chance to see numerous land formations, wildlife (How about over 10,000 bats!) and historical sites of Pennsylvania’s iron days in this beautiful area. Don’t Overlook Blue Knob With four scenic overlooks, including the second highest point in Pennsylvania, Blue Knob State Park D6 has vistas of beautiful mountains and valleys. Whispering Wings Canoe Creek State Park E5 hosts one of the largest nurseries for bats in Pennsylvania (10,000 bats), and a hibernaculum that sleeps three times that many. Sleep Historically The Civilian Conservation Corps built the cabins of Cowans Gap State Park F7 in the 1930s. The rustic cabins are on the National Register of Historic Places and can be rented by visitors. SHAWNEE STATE PARK

Hot Stuff Greenwood Furnace State Park F5 was once an iron-making community hosting two charcoal furnaces that reached 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and provided iron for the growing PA Railroad. A Tale of Two Mountains Tiny Poe Paddy State Park G4 is named for Poe and Paddy mountains. The park is famous as a trout fishing hotspot, especially the green drake mayfly hatch in June. Tunnel Vision Poe Paddy is a great spot to ride an inner tube down Penns Creek G4. After a trip around the meander, hike through an old railroad tunnel to float again. Cast Away Wet your line and enjoy the solitude in the remote Alan Seeger Natural Area in the Rothrock State Forest F5. Not only does Standing Stone Creek hold native brook trout and wild brown trout, but it flows through the magnificent scenery of an old growth forest stand. The Saintly Prince Named for a Russian Prince who became a priest and now is being considered for sainthood, Prince Gallitzin State Park D5 has a huge lake and campground, fishing, boating and hiking.

Shawnee Lake 451 Shawnee State Park D7 in Bedford County has camping, hiking fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, swimming, picnicking, biking, rentable Shawnee Lodge and the 451-acre Shawnee Lake.

Travel by Bike The Allegheny Passage Bike Trail can take bikers from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. Ohiopyle State Park B7 is a favorite stop along the trail, with camping, river views and a welcoming town. For more information on planning a trip along this trail, check out the “Hit the Trail” panel below.

Balancing Act A huge boulder sits on the edge of a cliff, and has for thousands of years. Balanced Rock is one of many scenic locations in Trough Creek State Park E6. Brand New! Closed for renovations in 2009, Poe Valley State Park G4 will open in 2010 with a new showerhouse, bathhouse, boat docks and other facilities around 25-acre Poe Lake. Head to a Secluded Location Hike into the wild and rugged Martin Hill Natural Area of the Buchanan State Forest F7. Visit the secluded ponds to try and view deer, turkeys and other wildlife coming in for a refreshing drink. View a Happy Valley Stop at the Jo Hayes Vista in the Rothrock State Forest F5 on the Centre/Huntingdon County line for sweeping views. Isolated Wilderness Nestled in the Seven Mountains, the forested areas of Penn Roosevelt State Park F5 provide rustic camping and easy access to the Mid-State Trail. Bring a pic-a-nic Basket Enjoy the beautiful Bear Valley Picnic Area of the Buchanan State Forest F7, nestled between Broad Mountain and Kittatinny Mountain.

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Laurel Highlands

Hike the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, bike the Great Allegheny Passage, or enjoy camping at Ohiopyle and Laurel Summit state parks for a wonderful getaway. Get Your Feet Wet The high quality cold water streams at Kooser and Laurel Hill state parks C7 are excellent trout fisheries. As a bonus to the great fishing, the streams are surrounded by picturesque hemlocks and mountain laurels. The Hills are Alive Music fills the air each summer at two popular events in the Laurel Highlands: the annual Music in the Mountains Festival at Ohiopyle State Park B7 and the Bluegrass Festival at Laurel Hill State Park C7. Fall for the Falls Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park C6 is a popular hiking destination. The water at the park is well-known for being clean, clear and pristine.

Tight Squeeze Just south of the Grindle Ridge Shelters along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in Laurel Ridge State Park B7, hikers will wind through a maze of huge boulders, forming a ‘rock city’ in the forest. Perfect for an Hour or a Week The 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in Laurel Ridge State Park B7 is a ridge-top trail with plenty of scenic vistas, numerous trailheads and eight overnight shelters to make it versatile for day and long-distance treks. Snow Belt The parks in the Laurel Highlands are known for their ample snowfall. Cross-country skiing is king at Laurel Ridge State Park B7, with groomed trails and a ski touring concession.

The River Rules Ohiopyle State Park B7 is all about the Youghiogheny River. Visitors can observe the powerful waterfalls, play in the natural waterslides or venture down the river in a whitewater boat or raft. Take the Highest Post in Pa. Climb the observation tower at Mt. Davis in the Forbes State Forest C6 to enjoy the highest point in Pennsylvania. You will be treated to a panoramic vista over hundreds of square miles of southwest Pennsylvania. Excellent Diversi-Tree Training Visit Roaring Run Natural Area in the Forbes State Forest C6 where there are more than 50 of the 134 native Pennsylvanian tree species. How many can you identify? Base Camp for the Day The picnic area at Laurel Summit State Park C6 is surrounded on all sides by Forbes State Forest C6. This secluded area makes an excellent jumping-off point to explore popular nearby trails, such as Wolfs Rocks Trail.


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Take Conservation Personally As you enjoy your visit to the state parks and forests, think about the natural features, unique species and hidden gems that make these places so special. Now think about the effect millions of visitors have on these resources.

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Pittsburgh & Its Countryside

From the point where two mighty rivers form the mightier Ohio, to the green countryside outside of Pittsburgh, a trip here isn’t the same without a visit to a state park. Get the Point Point State Park A6 is located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Visitors can take in the views of the rivers, city, or the majestic fountain. Improvements are being made, so please be aware of the construction work at the park. Giving Green a Go Visitors at Yellow Creek State Park C5 can see green technology in action with the small-scale wind turbine and many other green practices at Pennsylvania’s first official Green Park. A visit to this park will inspire you to think about how you can go green, too!

Pull Up a Boat and Stay Awhile The undeveloped Allegheny Islands State Park B5 can only be accessed by boat in the Allegheny River. These islands are a great stop for those traveling this scenic river. Paddling Pennsylvania’s waterways offers a unique perspective to our state parks. Wildflower Wanderings The wildflower reserve at Raccoon Creek State Park A5 boasts over 700 species of flowers. Also, the rare prairie landscape at Jennings Environmental Education Center A4 comes alive with color when the spectacular Blazing Star blooms in August. Visitors will not be disappointed.

Flying Saucers The scenic Lakeview disk golf course at Moraine State Park A4 offers portions that are fun for the beginning player and challenging for the advanced player. Slippery Gorgeous With its steep sides, large boulders and cool rushing water, the Slippery Rock Gorge is framed by the historic gristmill and covered bridge at McConnells Mill State Park A4. Key for Camping One of the state parks most popular activities is camping and Keystone State Park C6 has a lot to offer the overnight crowd. Choose from campsites by the lake or more secluded sites within the park. Free Pool Access Make a splash this summer at Ryerson Station State Park A7. Take a dip in the free, ADA accessible pool and escape the heat.

Observe nature, don’t disturb it. Leave it for others to enjoy.

Scrub boots, boats and other gear to reduce the spread of invasive species, which can devastate ecosystems.

Use designated washing and bathing areas to avoid detergents polluting the lakes, rivers and streams near your campsite.

Properly dispose of your trash or take it with you, and pick up any litter you may see around. Not only is litter unsightly, it can harm wildlife and pollute waterways.

Use recycled paper products or reusable containers for your picnic. For camping, purchase a fuelefficient cooking stove; an LED flashlight; solar charger and reusable batteries; reusable cook set; solar camp shower; nontoxic bug repellant; bear-proof food container; a clothes line; and reusable marshmallow sticks.

Stick to existing campsites and trails to reduce impact on Learn how you can help us in the ongoing efforts to protect the land. Recycle aluminum cans because burning them in a campfire will release chemicals that pollute the air.

Pennsylvania’s natural beauty, both at home and in your travels, by visiting iConservePA.org


HIT THE TRAIL

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Take the Scenic Route along the Great Allegheny Passage

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noun (plural. -cies): Something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor. Synonyms: Heritage, gift, heirloom, tradition

Legacy of Pennsylvania’s Parks and Forests Pennsylvanians owe much to the leadership of our predecessors—particularly the “Big Four”:

The 300-mile Great Allegheny Passage serves as a recreational spine of the Laurel Highlands, running through small towns, scenic landscapes, and outdoor gems like Ohiopyle State Park and Forbes State Forest. Try this easy-to-do weekend trip to see some stunning waterfalls, historic landmarks, and get in some exercise along the way.

Day One

After a quick trip to Point State Park in Pittsburgh for a view of the three rivers, drive southeast through Uniontown to the small town of Ohiopyle where Ohiopyle State Park occupies over 19,000 acres. Make camp here at any one of the 226 campsites before heading out to view the Ohiopyle Falls, a 20-foot tall waterfall on the Youghiogheny River. Save your energy, though, and take your bike onto the Great Allegheny Passage, a 300-mile trail starting just outside Pittsburgh and continuing all the way to Washington, D.C., which meanders right through Ohiopyle. Head north as far as you like before turning around and heading back to camp for the night and doing a bit more on day two, but try to make it the 17 miles to Connellsville Area Historical Society for a glimpse at restored Crawford Cabin, once the home of Colonel William Crawford, a soldier and friend of George Washington.

Day Two

Drive north to see Fallingwater, the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home designed in 1934, just north of Ohiopyle State Park. Or try hiking today on the Laurel Highlands National Scenic Trail, a 70-mile hiking trail heading away from the park. If you are looking to spend the night, there are eight shelters large enough to sleep eight, located every 8-10 miles on the trail (Call 724-455-3744 for more information or for reservations). Or for the adventurer cyclists, bike south today on the trail toward Rockwood (about 30 miles) for a beautiful outand-back bicycling trip.

Gifford Pinchot, Joseph T. Rothrock, Maurice “Doc” Goddard, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The work of these

Ohiopyle State Park Telephone: (724) 329-8591 Website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ stateparks/parks/ohiopyle.aspx 226 Campsites (27 Walk-ins) Towns Along the Great Allegheny Passage: Pittsburgh McKeesport West Newton Connellsville Ohiopyle Confluence Rockwood Meyersdale

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leaders—as well as many ordinary men and women just like you —provided us the rich natural heritage we call our state park and forest system.

Living the Legacy

We can all make a difference, each and every day. Our actions influence the world around us. Live the legacy of your parks and forests by spending time outdoors, introducing a family member or friend to a new activity, taking part in recreational programming, walking or riding your bike, making your voice heard on decisions that impact our natural resources, and getting involved. These are your parks and forests.

Volunteer Opportunities

Now, more than ever, your time and energy can make a difference in preserving our natural heritage. Volunteer opportunities abound in parks and forests, with projects ranging from trail care to education docent, from campground host to event planner. Get involved as a Conservation Volunteer (www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cons) or through the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (www.PaParksAndForests.org). Looking for a corporate project? Contact the Foundation.

Supporting Your Parks and Forests While volunteering is one way to support our parks and forests, they can also be supported through financial contributions, donations of goods, and sharing of talent. To make a difference visit www. PaParksAndForests. org and learn more about becoming a voice for parks and forests.


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