The Best Outdoor Activities in Pennsylvania

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike the Falls Trails in Ricketts Glen State Park

Pennsylvania / Evergreen Parking Lot

Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania sprawls over 13,050 acres in the Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties. The park boasts a lake, 21 named waterfalls, diverse wildlife and old growth timber.

Shannon Kalahan
400 Saves

Hike the Pinnacles and Pulpit Rock

Pennsylvania / The Pinnacles Trailhead (Hamburg Reservoir)

Park in the lot near the Hamburg Reservoir and hike around the barrier and up the gravel road. Shortly on your right the Appalachian Trail branches off the road.

Ian Carey
325 Saves

Hike to Bushkill Falls

Pennsylvania / Bushkill Falls Parking Area

Bushkill Falls offers visitors a choice of 4 different trails to explore. All trails are very well maintained, making this trip safe for the whole family. The most rewarding trail is the Red Trail.

Tyler Cranden
319 Saves

Hike Valley Forge

Pennsylvania / Valley Forge National Historic Park

There are many trails to choose from on Mt.

Katch Silva
279 Saves

Hiking McConnell's Mill State Park

Pennsylvania / Hell's Hollow

A trip to McConnell's Mill is a great idea at any time of year.

Brett Rothmeyer
277 Saves

Exploring Kinzua Bridge State Park

Pennsylvania / Kinzua Bridge Parking Area

Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World when it was built, the Kinzua Viaduct is truly amazing and a must see.

Jeff Henderson
257 Saves

Explore Dingmans Falls

Pennsylvania / Dingmans Falls Visitor Center

The waterfall is about 0.2 miles into the hike.

Matt Alt
248 Saves

Hike Through Hells Hollow

Pennsylvania / Hell's Hollow

Hells Hollow is part of McConnell's Mill State Park.

Jeff Henderson
187 Saves

Hike the High Rocks State Park Loop

Pennsylvania / High Rocks Vista Parking Area

High Rocks State Park, a section of Ralph Stover State Park, offers visitors some of the best views in Eastern Pennsylvania. Across from the parking lot on Tory Road, you will find the main trailhead.

Tyler Cranden
187 Saves

Hike Mount Minsi

Pennsylvania / Mt Minsi Parking Area

This is a great 5.5 mile hike at the Delaware Water Gap. You follow the Appalachian Trail the entire time (white marked trail) as it climbs to the top on Mt Minsi.

Michael Martineau
159 Saves

Explore Fallingwater

Pennsylvania / Fallingwater Visitor Center

"Fallingwater is the name of a house built over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family.

Jeff Henderson
156 Saves

Hike the Wissahickon Creek Gorge Orange and White Trail

Pennsylvania / Wissahickon Creek Gorge Orange and White Trailhead

Wissahickon Creek Gorge Orange and White Trail is lush, quiet, and teeming with wildlife. Keep your ears tuned for chickadees, woodpeckers, titmice, blue jays, and more as you hike.

Climb at Safe Harbor

Pennsylvania / Safe Harbor, PA

Directions: Drive to Safe Harbor. From Safe Harbor, take River Road south to Green Hill Road--this road is very windy. Drive towards Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve.

Zinnia Xu
139 Saves

Hike to Glen Onoko Falls

Pennsylvania / Glen Onoko Parking Area

There are several WRONG ways to do this trail.

Ryan Stone
137 Saves

Hike the Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail

Pennsylvania / Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

The 4.5 mile loop Hawk Mountain Lookout Trail takes you up to great views of the skyline of Pennsylvania.

Canoe and Camp in the Delaware Water Gap

Pennsylvania / Delaware River Launch, Dingmans Ferry

This is one of those easy, simple and truly relaxing adventures you can embark on this summer.

Oliver Jevremov
92 Saves

Hike to Cliff Park Ridge

Pennsylvania / Raymondskills Falls Parking Lot

This 6.4 mile out-and-back trail (2.7 miles each way) is an excellent trail for those looking to spend an early morning or afternoon outside without the strenuousness of all-out mountain hiking.

Jesse Merbler
80 Saves

Camp at Cherry Springs State Park

Pennsylvania / Cherry Springs Visitor Center

Cherry Springs State Park was my first ever International Dark Sky Park and it stole my heart, and I promise it will steal yours too.

Brittany Weber
79 Saves

Hike to Jacoby Run Falls

Pennsylvania / Jacoby Falls Trail

The trailhead is at a large gravel parking area off of Wallis Run Road. The trail begins on a boardwalk over a wetland that leads into hemlock forest and mixed hardwoods.

Shawn Grenninger
73 Saves

Hike the Shades of Death Trail

Pennsylvania / Hickory Run Park Office

The trailhead and parking are available by the park office or along PA 534 by the nature center and amphitheater. This trail is beautiful and seemed to change around every bend.

Jennifer White
72 Saves

Backpack the West Rim Trail

Pennsylvania / Northern Terminus

Hiking north to south, the trailhead is just off of Colton Road at a gravel parking lot with bathrooms.

Shawn Grenninger
65 Saves

Explore Boulder Field in Hickory Run State Park

Pennsylvania / Hickory Run Boulder Field

Boulder Field is easily found following signs in Hickory Run State Park and has its own parking lot.

Jennifer White
65 Saves

Hike the Mineral Springs Loop

Pennsylvania / Frankfort Mineral Springs Parking

Starting at the Frankfort Mineral Springs parking lot, this 1.2 mile loop winds along the creek and leads you up into the waterfall and old resort area.

Adam Ryan
63 Saves

Camp at Pine Grove Creek Campground

Pennsylvania / Pine Grove Campground, PA

Located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pine Grove Creek Campground is prime Pennsylvania hiking territory.

Hike to Hawk Falls in Hickory Run State Park

Pennsylvania / Hawk Falls Trailhead

Hawk Falls is located in Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania in the Poconos Mountains.

Hike to Pine Island Vista

Pennsylvania / Clay Mine Road Pull-Off

The access to this trail is from a mountain road, Clay Mine Road.

Shawn Grenninger
57 Saves

Hike the Barbour Rock Trail

Pennsylvania / Barbour Rock Trail

The parking can be found along Colton Road heading toward Colton Point State Park. There is a large sign opposite the parking and the trail is a wide gravel path through the woods. It is 0.

Shawn Grenninger
57 Saves

Hike the Hemlock Mountain Loop

Pennsylvania / Hemlock Mountain

The trail starts where Naval Run Road ends. Follow the the blue blazes into Naval Run. After crossing Naval Run continue right up an old logging skid trail along the run.

Shawn Grenninger
57 Saves

Explore Cucumber Falls

Pennsylvania / Cucumber Falls

Just off Kentuck Road, at the southern end of Ohiopyle State Park, you arrive at Cucumber Falls' marked parking lot. Access to this lot is limited (about 20 cars).

Ryan Hreczkosiej
54 Saves

Backpack the Old Logger's Path

Pennsylvania / Old Logging Path (Masten)

The Old Logger's Path follows abandoned logging roads in a loop through the Loyalsock State Forest. There are multiple places to join the trail, but most people start in the ghost town of Masten, PA.

Mike Servedio
54 Saves

Hike to Slippery Rock Creek from Hell's Hollow

Pennsylvania / Hell's Hollow

This nicely groomed trail starts at Hell's Hollow and branches off to the left. The trails total length is 24 miles long, but we chose to start off slow and go with an out and back just to the creek.

Adam Ryan
49 Saves

Climb Boxcar Rocks

Pennsylvania / Boxcar Rocks Pull-Off

The parking lot can be tricky to find your first time. From I-81 Take Tower City exit on Rt. 325 W. Before airport, take Gold Mine Rd south over first major ridge.

Tiffany Micek
48 Saves

Explore Rock Run

Pennsylvania / Rock Run

Rock Run is a place that I would not turn down a chance to explore again and again.

Eric Beiter
46 Saves

Cross-Country Ski on Laurel Mountain

Pennsylvania / Laurel Mountain Warming Hut

Start at the Loop trail, directly across from the warming hut. This groomed trail rolls smoothly along through native rhododendron, hemlocks and large rocks.

Brett Rothmeyer
45 Saves

Ice Fishing on Presque Isle Bay

Pennsylvania / Presque Isle Bay

If you love ice fishing, you know that waiting until late January can be agonizing.

Michael Wigle
43 Saves

Kayak Camp the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Pennsylvania / Big Meadows Access

Start at the Big Meadows parking area in Ansonia. The water access is at Marsh Creek but almost immediately meets up with Pine Creek.

Shawn Grenninger
43 Saves

Hike the Golden Eagle Trail

Pennsylvania / Golden Eagle Trailhead

The Golden Eagle Trail, otherwise known as the GET, is a challenging day hike north of Cammal, Pennsylvania.

Shawn Grenninger
43 Saves

Camp at Dewdrop Recreation Area

Pennsylvania / Dewdrop Recreation Area

The Dewdrop Campground in Northern Pennsylvania brings you in touch with the Allegheny Reservoir, a tranquil refuge in a serene national forest.

Hike to Wolf Rocks

Pennsylvania / Wolfs Rocks Trailhead

You'll find the trailhead for Wolf Rocks at top of Linn Run Rd off Laurel Summit Rd. Off the left-hand side you will find what is referred to as parking lot D - the route to Wolf Rocks begins there.

Brett Rothmeyer
42 Saves

Photograph The Loyalsock Canyon Vista

Pennsylvania / Loyalsock Canyon Vista

Take a drive to World's End State Park through the Loyalsock Valley and enjoy a great view.

Eric Beiter
42 Saves

Run the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Pennsylvania / Schuylkill Boardwalk

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is part of the Schuylkill River Trail.

Camp at World's End Park Campground

Pennsylvania / World's End Park Campground

World's End Campground is tucked into a valley in the Loyalsock State Forest. Recreational opportunities abound here.

Hike the Shades of Death Trail in Hickory Run State Park

Pennsylvania / Shades of Death Trailhead

The Shades of Death Trail will show you some of the best of the Pennsylvania wilderness in one easy hike. You can enjoy the peaceful forest setting, the energizing river, and the beautiful falls.

Bike the Lehigh Gorge Trail: Lock #2

Pennsylvania / Lehigh Gorge Trail

It was a rainy day, which brings along mud (but I think mountain biking is better in the rain and mud anyways).

Lara Paul
38 Saves

Hike to Bake Oven Knob

Pennsylvania / Bake Oven Knob Trailhead (Appalachian Trail)

The trail is VERY rocky and stepping up the rocks requires proper footwear. From the beginning of the trail, hike until you reach an opening filled with rocks and boulders.

Jake McKinney
38 Saves

Hike the Sugar Run Trail

Pennsylvania / Sugar Run Trail

This trail connects Old Mitchell Trail to Johnathan Run Trail. It is a short but fun hike down to the falls.

Adam Ryan
37 Saves

Camp at French Creek Campground

Pennsylvania / French Creek Campground

The French Creek State Park Campground is ideal for groups, families, or individuals seeking some solitude.

Hike the Rainbow Loop in Settlers Cabin

Pennsylvania / Settler's Cabin

There are three main trails in the park. The Green Loop (2 miles), Blue Loop (2 miles), and Purple Loop (1.5 miles).

Adam Ryan
35 Saves

Bike the Switchback Trail around Mauch Chunk Lake Park

Pennsylvania / Switchback Railroad Trail

The trail entrance can be found by going up Broadway and taking Hill Road to the right at the Opera House.

Lara Paul
34 Saves

Hike the Minister Creek Trail

Pennsylvania / Minister Creek Trailhead

The trailhead is located next to the Minister Creek Campground, which is 14.7 miles southwest from the town of Sheffield, via state route 666.

Mike Fennell
32 Saves

Hike the High Rock Trail at World's End State Park

Pennsylvania / Worlds End SP Parking

World's End offers a ton of trails, some for the family, and some for the more adventurous. The High Rock Trail is one of the more difficult trails in the State Park and one of the shortest.

Eric Beiter
32 Saves

Camp at Tobyhanna Park Campground

Pennsylvania / Tobyhanna Campground

Tobyhana Campground is in Pennsylvania's Tobyhana State Park. Hoisted up into the mountains, this spot is truly refreshing.

Hike Pole Steeple, Pine Grove Furnace SP

Pennsylvania / Pole Steeple Parking

Pole Steeple begins in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and ends in Michaux State Forest. The hike is short, only a .

Kendra Reeder
30 Saves

Hike the Bear Run Nature Reserve Loop

Pennsylvania / Bear Run Nature Center

Bear Run Nature Reserve features a number of trail loops that range from 1.7 miles in length to 11.9 miles.

Nicole Machen
30 Saves

Hike the Falls Trail at Beltzville State Park

Pennsylvania / Christman Trailhead Parking lot

At the Christman Trailhead, hike a quick, flat 2.5 miles following the yellow trail markers through farm meadows and birch forests to the Falls Trail loop/intersection.

Jacob Sells
27 Saves

Hike Leonard Harrison SP's Overlook Trail to Otter View

Pennsylvania / Leonard Harris Parking

This is a simple .6 mile trail that starts around the bathrooms and loops past Otter View. The trail itself is an easy hike. Otter View is a great spot for a family hike.

Adam Ryan
27 Saves

Hike the Lake Shore Trail at Little Pine State Park

Pennsylvania / Lake Shore Trailhead

Once you pass the famous Happy Acres Resort you better slow down. Coming up quickly on your right is the parking area for the Lake Shore Trail.

Eric Beiter
27 Saves

Kayak or Canoe Pine Creek: Blackwell to Black Walnut Bottom

Pennsylvania / Blackwell Parking Access

The start of this trip is at the Blackwell boat launch.  Get some friends together and organize a trip, leave a car at Black Walnut Bottom for the take out.

Shawn Grenninger
27 Saves

Photograph Elk at the Elk Country Visitor Center

Pennsylvania / Elk Country Visitors Center

The aptly named Pennsylvania County (Elk County) is a must for anyone looking to understand why the PA Wilds logo looks the way it does. Setting aside a whole day is a must.

Eric Beiter
27 Saves

Camp at Kentuck Campground

Pennsylvania / Kentuck Campground

Book a site at Kentuck Campground for a chance to explore the Pennsylvania wilderness. Ohiopyle State Park is an amalgam of forest and river, whitewater and waterfalls included.

Explore Raymondskill Falls

Pennsylvania / Raymondskills Falls Parking Lot

This waterfall is just a short walk away from the main parking lot. Just a .30 mile hike will take you to a gorgeous three-tiered waterfall.

Ashley Barlow
26 Saves

Hike to the Susquehanna Overlook

Pennsylvania / Susquehanna Overlook AT Parking

Once you reach the power lines, about a mile after cresting the top of the mountain you can look one way and you’ll see the Susquehanna River.

Kendra Reeder
26 Saves

Hike the Alpha Pass Trail

Pennsylvania / Alpha Pass

Park in the lot at McConnell's Mill Rd but instead of going down the steps from the lot, walk up to the intersection of Johnson Rd and McConnell's Mill Rd.

Adam Ryan
25 Saves

Kayak and Fish at Little Pine Lake

Pennsylvania / Little Pine Lake

Little Pine State Park is a beautiful park in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania near Waterville. The lake is just above the campground and dam. Follow the signs at the picnic area to the boat launch.

Shawn Grenninger
25 Saves

Hike Hawk Rock, PA

Pennsylvania / Hawk Rock Parking Area

This is a steep and rocky hike, but is well worth the absolutely stunning view of Perry County - including Shermans Creek and the Susquehanna River.

Kendra Reeder
25 Saves

Hike Turkey Path

Pennsylvania / Leonard Harris Parking

This is a fairly steep trail with many switchbacks, which makes it an easy hike down and a tough one back. But don't worry there are bridges and stairs to help you out.

Adam Ryan
24 Saves

Hike the Seneca Trail in Cook Forest State Park

Pennsylvania / Seneca Trail

Right from its entry point, the Seneca Trail parallels the Clarion River, granting you a scenic view the whole way through. This trail is challenging in its narrow footpath and lofty climb.

Ryan Hreczkosiej
24 Saves

Hike the Henry's Woods Loop in Jacobsburg State Park

Pennsylvania / Henry's Woods loop trailhead

Only a short drive from the major Pennsylvania cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton lies Jacobsburg State Park and environmental center.

Fish at Rose Valley Lake

Pennsylvania / Rose Valley Lake

Rose Valley Lake, if you did not know is not a natural lake, it is man made. Construction of the 389-acre lake was completed in 1972.

Eric Beiter
22 Saves

Hike to Bohen Run Falls

Pennsylvania / Bohen Run Falls Parking

Parking for this trail is at the Blackwell access area off of route 414. Then walk across the the bridge over Pine Creek and immediately hop over the guardrail to your right for the Bohen Trailhead.

Shawn Grenninger
21 Saves

Hike Smith's Knob Hike via the Loyalsock Trail

Pennsylvania / Loyalsock Trailhead

Smith's Knob is a short, but fairly challenging section of the overall Loyalsock Trail. Smith's Knob has a distinctively round peak, and viewed from Rider Park, sticks out to all very easily.

Eric Beiter
21 Saves

Hike the Gas Line Ridge Loop

Pennsylvania / Lance Raisch Trail

Park at the end of Naval Run Road, at the end of the road to the right, follow the sign for Lance Raisch Trail marked with yellow blazes.  This is the first of three trails that this loop will use.

Shawn Grenninger
20 Saves

Hike to the Cumberland Valley Overlook

Pennsylvania / Cumberland Valley Overlook Parking

This hike is steep at points but the climb up the mountain has lots of switchbacks so it isn't just straight up.

Kendra Reeder
17 Saves

Hike the Katy Jane Trail in Rider Park

Pennsylvania / Katy Jane Trailhead

Hiking, trail running, mountain bike riding, cross country skiing and other low impact recreational activities are all part of what Rider Park has to offer. My personal favorite is the 3.

Eric Beiter
16 Saves

Hike the Haystacks Rapids and Dutchman Falls

Pennsylvania / The Haystacks and Dutchman Falls Trail

The Haystacks is a great end of the overall Loyalsock Trail.

Eric Beiter
16 Saves

Camp at Pickerel Point Campground

Pennsylvania / Pickerel Point Campground

Pickerel Point Campground rests on a peninsula of the Promised Land Lake, where miles and miles of forest are punctuated by this beautiful body of water.

Hike the Gillespie Point Loop

Pennsylvania / Blackwell Parking Access

From the Blackwell parking access at the route 414 bridge that crosses Pine Creek, walk on 414 east towards Babb's Creek.

Shawn Grenninger
14 Saves

Camp at Tom's Run Shelter

Pennsylvania / Tom's Run Shelter Parking Area

Starting from the small parking area on Bunkerhill Rd, head north (turn right) onto Michaux Rd.

Seth Umbenhauer
13 Saves

Hike the Bob Webber Trail

Pennsylvania / Bob Webber Trail

To get to the Bob Webber Trail, start by heading up one of the most beautiful valleys in Pennsylvania: Pine Creek. Shortly after Waterville jump onto 414 and enjoy the drive past Cammal.

Eric Beiter
12 Saves

Hike Quaker Race's Lakeside Trail

Pennsylvania / Quaker Race Day Use Area

This trail is best accessed from the Quaker Race Day Use Area or from the Cabin Colony for cabin occupants. This trail has a dirt or rocky surface, uneven terrain and one steep but short hill.

Kendra Reeder
12 Saves

Camp at Rustic Bear Wallow Cabins

Pennsylvania / Rustic Bear Wallow Cabins

Rustic Bear Wallow Cabins are the ideal compromise between going camping and staying home.

Hike to Hornbeck's Creek Waterfall

Pennsylvania / Hornbeck's Creek

GPS Coordinates: 41.187148,-74.

Jake McKinney
11 Saves

Hike through SGL 252

Pennsylvania / SGL 252

What was once known as the town of Alvira PA, is now known as State Game Lands number 252. During WWII the land was seized by the army and used as an army ordnance.

Eric Beiter
11 Saves

Stroll along the Rapid Run Nature Trail

Pennsylvania / Rapid Run Nature Walk

There are multiple ways to access and start the trail, there is a small parking area near the intersection of McCall Dam Road and Route 192 or you can access from the other end near the beach at Half.

Shawn Grenninger
11 Saves

Camp at Dingmans Campground

Pennsylvania / Dingmans Campground

Dingmans Campground nestles into Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains.

Hike Trout Run

Pennsylvania / Trout Run Parking

Hike along the creek for about a half mile, we stop where the trail meets the stream and let the kids play in the water for a bit and then head back.

Kendra Reeder
9 Saves

Hike the Buffalo Ridge Trail

Pennsylvania / Little Buffalo SP Parking

This hike is marked as one of the most difficult at Little Buffalo, but we didn't find it to be overly exhausting. For someone that is used to hiking, this trail is a breeze.

Kendra Reeder
9 Saves

Hike the Ruth Will Trail

Pennsylvania / Ruth Will Trailhead

Their is a large gravel parking area about 12 miles north of Haneyville on route 44.  Parking is on the east side of route 44.

Explore George W Child's Park

Pennsylvania / George W. Child's Park Parking

Once parked, enter the trailhead and follow the trail down Dingmans Creek to the first set of falls. Try taking pictures from off the trail to the right of these falls.

Jake McKinney
8 Saves

Hike the Skippack Creek Trail

Pennsylvania / Skippack Trailhead, Kratz Rd.

The Skippack Creek Trail was one of my favorites on this most recent trip. Any chance I can hike a trail along side a river, I take advantage of it.

John Maurizi
5 Saves

Climb at Schaffer Rocks

Pennsylvania / Schaffer Rocks Parking Area

Schaffer Rocks is a great little crag located in South Central Pennsylvania in Michaux State Forest. It is primarily a top roping location with routes ranging from 5.3-5.11.

Jared Markovsky
5 Saves

Hike the Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens

Pennsylvania / Meadow Garden Trailhead, Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens, located in Kennet Square Pennsylvania, is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the country.

Abby Shepard
2 Saves