Reasons to love the PA Wilds

Reasons to love the PA Wilds
January 29, 2024 42 view(s)
Reasons to love the PA Wilds

Top image: A sunset over a country road in Tioga County, by photographer Bernadette Chiaramonte

As we approach Valentine's Day, our hearts are filled with love... not just for our sweethearts, but also for the special place we call the PA Wilds! There are plenty of reasons to love this region: the awe-inspiring landscape that surrounds us, the family and friends we can share memories with, and the creative endeavors of our PA Wilds entrepreneurs. Our Pennsylvania Wilds region gives us plenty of reasons to love it, especially with its rich history and endless variety of natural beauty. Let’s take a moment and show some adoration and appreciation for the PA Wilds!

Memories with friends and loved ones

Although the wild landscapes and beauty of nature are what draws so many visitors to the PA Wilds, they often stay because of the kind, welcoming people who live here. Whether you grew up in the area or made friends when you traveled here, those memories will last a lifetime. We love sharing stories with friends and reminiscing… and planning new adventures with them in the future!

Romantic experiences

The rolling mountains, curious wildlife, dark skies, fantastic foods and scenic vistas of the Pennsylvania Wilds can be the perfect background for a romantic day with your sweetheart. Gazing into the eyes of your sweetie might take your breath away, but the vistas throughout the PA Wilds are breathtaking, too! Get your heart racing with a trip more than 220 feet into the air when you walk out onto the Kinzua Skywalk at Kinzua Bridge State Park. A trip to Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Point State Park will earn you fantastic views into the Pine Creek Valley and the PA Grand Canyon. As you’re planning that special outing with your loved one, make sure to take into account what you enjoy doing and places you’ve always wanted to visit. If you live in the PA Wilds, you’ll likely be able to reach any of these locations by driving three hours or less, which makes it perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Be sure to grab a romantic souvenir to give as a gift to your sweetie!

Quality time with family

For so many of us, the Pennsylvania Wilds feels like home. For some of us, it’s where we grew up and spent our formative years. For others, we arrived later in life and built our homes within these communities. And for still more, we may call it our second home, a place where we dream about escaping when life starts to grind us down. We feel the love as we gather our family close to us here, making new memories and laughing as we remember all the fun that we had in the PA Wilds before. We appreciate the ability to spend quality time with our families in such an incredible, wild area.

The quiet moments

Our rural landscape means that things in the PA Wilds are much quieter than in a crowded city. The Pennsylvania Wilds covers 25 percent of the Commonwealth's land area, and it is home to a very proud 4 percent of the state's population. We have room to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature all around us. We’re grateful to have this beautiful landscape to call our home… or, for others, to call a “home away from home” and an escape from the hustle and bustle.

Thrilling views

The scenery in the Pennsylvania Wilds simply can’t be beat. Think of the soaring heights of the Kinzua Bridge overlooking the wreckage of the railroad tracks, the sunsets you can take in while cruising Scenic Route 6, the glimpse of a bugling elk as the morning fog lifts in Benezette, the meandering yet powerful Susquehanna River as seen from the top of Hyner View, or the fall leaves covering the sides of the seemingly endless PA Grand Canyon and Pine Creek Gorge. Here in the PA Wilds, we love the wide array of thrilling views that make our hearts beat a little faster.

Tasty treats

A warm cup of coffee with friends, real maple syrup on your pancakes while your kids giggle at the breakfast table, the guilty pleasure of a cheeseburger from your favorite local diner, marshmallows roasted (and sometimes accidentally burnt) over a fire at the campsite, your mom’s home cooking… there’s nothing quite like the taste of coming to the PA Wilds. You can't help but fall in love, bite by bite.

The changing seasons

In Pennsylvania, we’re fortunate to have all four seasons throughout the year. Spring reminds us of new life, with trees and flowers blooming everywhere you look. The warm, sunny summers give us time to play outside and hold events in the open air. Autumn brings the changing leaves, with bright orange, red, yellow and even purple colors changing the landscape into a patchwork quilt. And winter (although many complain about it) is a magical time that covers our land in sparkling snowflakes and the joy of the holidays.

Hidden secrets and marvelous mysteries

Ancient folklore and dark woods make the PA Wilds the perfect place for mysterious stories and long-told legends. Whether it’s trying to find buried treasure or hunting for Bigfoot, many people come to the Pennsylvania Wilds to find mysteries and hidden secrets. Even if you don’t come away with solid evidence, we know that sometimes the best thing is the memories made along the way.

Our vast and varied outdoor recreation opportunities

No matter what kind of outdoor activity you’re looking for, the Pennsylvania Wilds has some tremendous outdoor adventures! The PA Wilds is home to more than 1,600 miles of hiking trails, more than 16,000 miles of rivers and streams, hidden treasures with geocaching, off-road challenges and hundreds of miles of trails for ATV and snowmobile riders, a chance to dream under the stars while camping, places that are a game hunter’s paradise and an angler’s perfect retreat, biking that suits everything from mountain bikers to leisurely pedals, stargazing at the world’s second certified International Dark-Sky Park, and friendly outfitters and guides to help you on any of your adventures.

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