Spelunking in underground caves, golfing at renowned championship golf courses, observing wildlife in their natural habitats—there’s no end to the outdoor recreation activities available throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Whether you prefer to fly, hike, camp, ski, or bike solo or with loved ones, there are year-round opportunities for every taste, skill level, and style.
Pennsylvania is a large, mountainous state, and can be broken down into three main regions: Central, Eastern, and Western. Its main geography is highlighted by rolling hills and valleys, with almost half of it covered by forests. Two of its most famous mountain ranges are the Appalachians and Poconos, which are in the center and northeast of the state, respectively. There are more rivers in PA—including the Delaware and the Susquehanna—than in any other state in the country. It even has its own “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” (more on that later).
With so many adventures to choose from, how do you know where to start? Right here of course, with our well-thought-out list of Pennsylvania outdoor recreation spots for active adults and their active families.