Things We Are Thankful for in the PA Wilds

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By PA Wilds Marketplace
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Things We Are Thankful for in the PA Wilds

The Thanksgiving season reminds us of the things for which we are grateful: family, friends, health, prosperity, creative endeavors and the awe-inspiring landscape that surrounds us. Our Pennsylvania Wilds region gives us plenty to give thanks for, especially with its rich history and endless variety of natural beauty. Let’s take a moment and remember the things we are much thankful for in the PA Wilds!

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.

Rivers, lakes, streams… and, yes, “cricks”

The Pennsylvania Wilds is famous for water recreation, with over 16,000 miles of lakes, rivers and streams to enjoy. Our waterways are an ideal opportunity to disconnect and unwind… wide open waters surrounded by scenic shorelines and forest land. Whether it’s a river, lake, stream or the famous “cricks” in the PA Wilds, our clear waters are something we’re thankful to have.

Our lumber heritage

Our lands have remarkable stories to tell, including the story of how much of the infrastructure of the United States was built. Plank by plank, wood timbered in the Pennsylvania Wilds was used throughout the country. People flocked to the region for the lumbering boom. However, this time period left our wilds logged over, nearly unrecognizable from the Penn’s Woods we know today. Through conservation efforts and replanting, the PA Wilds are… well, wild! And a more conscious lumber industry continues to operate in our working forests today, providing jobs and stewarding the land.

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’re thankful for the wide array of thrilling views that we often take for granted.

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. We’re thankful for every bite.

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.

Stories with friends

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!

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 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’re thankful for the ability to spend quality time with our families in such an incredible, wild area.

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November 7, 2022