Attractions

Top Choice State Park in Pennsylvania Wilds

Cherry Springs State Park

Considered one of the best places for stargazing east of the Mississippi, this mountaintop state park seems to have plenty of space, but be sure to book well ahead in July and August, when the Milky Way is almost di…
Top Choice Bridge in Pennsylvania Wilds

Kinzua Bridge Skywalk

The world's tallest viaduct when it was built in 1882, this 301ft-high bridge was rebuilt in steel in 1900 – but then partially collapsed in 2003, when it was hit by an F1-grade tornado. The remaining piece, jutting…
State Park in Allegheny National Forest

Cook Forest State Park

Much of the old growth forest of northwestern Pennsylvania has been scoured off the map, but not so in Cook Forest, an 8500-acre preserve located just south of Allegheny National Forest. Be on the lookout for the 'F…
Lake in Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny Reservoir

This 7647-acre lake looks as if it were always a deep-blue compliment to the landscape, but in fact it dates only to the 1960s, when the reservoir was created as a byproduct of the Kinzua Dam. Today this body of wat…
State Park in Pennsylvania Wilds

Colton Point State Park

On the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge, this state park was partially developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The 1-mile Rim Trail gives good views over the canyon. There are no offices or info centers on this si…
State Park in Pennsylvania Wilds

Leonard Harrison State Park

This park has full views of the Pine Creek Gorge, aka the Grand Canyon of PA, with trails that descend 800ft down to the creek below. A visitor center has modest displays of local fauna; there are toilets here; and …
State Park in Pennsylvania Wilds

Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning is one of the best wildlife-viewing parks in the state, although we stress your chances of seeing some iconic megafauna (like a black bear) is still pretty low. Coyotes and bobcats also prowl around al…
Museum in Allegheny National Forest

Simpler Times Museum

Less a museum than some guy's country warehouse full of weird stuff, this is still a fascinating peek into the psyche of a person who decided they really wanted to preserve a bunch of gas-station signs, farm impleme…
Museum in Pennsylvania Wilds

Penn Brad Oil Museum

This museum tells the story of the world's first billion-dollar oil field and includes a 'model home' of an oil-field worker and an 80ft-tall working rig typical of the boom time in the late 1800s. Perhaps unsurpris…
Nature Center in Pennsylvania Wilds

Elk Country Visitor Center

The Pennsylvania Wilds are home to the largest herd of elk east of the Mississippi. Come to this small but enlightening center for information on these ungulates, spread out among easy-to-understand, educative exhib…