Nature Vacations in Pennsylvania
Guest post by Mcanaly Aubborn director of marketing at of the largest Secaucus hotels and business conference centers.
Comprised of fine-looking forests and green scenery”s, Pennsylvania is one of the top American states that offer nature at its best. Families, couples and individuals enjoy their nature vacations in Pennsylvania no matter what the season is. From forestry to wildlife, Pennsylvania is rich with valuable, natural resources.
Before you pack your things and spend your vacation in this beautiful state, consider these fantastic nature-oriented activities and ideal tourist spots to include in your itinerary:
Hiking and Camping
Called as the “Penn’s Woods” many years ago, Pennsylvania is known for its diverse forests that can be found all over the state. The forests of Pennsylvania are considered the best when it comes to outdoor recreational activities for families and groups, without putting stress on the general ecosystem in these forests.
One of the forests to visit in Pennsylvania is the Allegheny National Forest located in northwest PA. Spanning over 500,000 acres, this national forest allows tourists to take a good look at endangered animals such as bats, without harming them. A forest south of Allegheny, the Cook Forest State Park is another place to go where you can see the oldest white pines and hemlocks in the state. Tourists are encouraged to do their hiking activities in the park’s trails of around 30 miles.
Situated in Venango, PA, the Clear Creek State Forest has a lot to offer to its visitors. The forest includes a magnificent forested landscape with a clear-as-a-glass stream that meanders through the scenery. The activities that tourists are permitted to do in this forest include hiking, hunting, fishing and camping. Another state forest, the Cornplanter State Forest is also a great place for hiking and cross-country skiing.
Birding and Wildlife Viewing
While Pennsylvania is a home to many species of animals, the state is currently focusing on the protection and care of various bird species in the forests. The fascinating birds and other animals in this state have made both birding and wildlife viewing become exciting activities for locals and tourists.
Do you want to see 250 different bird species in just one location? Well, the Venango County at the northwestern region of Pennsylvania is the right place for you.
The Todd Sanctuary and the Presque Isle State Park are the top two places for birding and wildlife viewing not only in Pennsylvania, but also in the whole country. Tourists will surely love to experience viewing more than 300 species of birds in these world-renown bird havens.
If you are a deer lover, the Double Diamond Deer Ranch invites you to visit them and interact with trophy and antlered deer. The Pymantuning Deer Park located in Jamestown, PA is another deer haven where kids can enjoy interacting with animals at the petting zoo. Meanwhile, the Erie National Wildlife Refuge provides the best wildlife viewing in all of Pennsylvania, as it is comprised of vast wetlands where white-tailed deer, beavers, osprey, red-tailed hawks, diverse fish species, and many other animals can be found. While at Erie National Wildlife Refuge, you can also enjoy educational tours, hiking, picnicking, hunting and fishing.
If you are in for a more “natural” wildlife viewing, the Black Jack Swamp and the Geneva Marsh are two of the most popular undisturbed habitats for various birds, fish, and other animal species. While visiting the Black Jack Swamp at the Pymantuning Reservoir, don’t forget to go to Clark Island situated in the park’s north end, where white pines and hardwood trees serve as the habitat of a wide variety of species.
Fishing and Hunting
Let’s face it – it’s more exciting to fish and hunt than to merely observe the animals in their natural habitat. Of course, a tourist must follow all the state guidelines regarding hunting and fishing, but these two activities can still be fully enjoyed even when you adhere to the etiquette.
Having 1595 bodies of water for fishing, Pennsylvania includes counties such as Monroe, Wayne and Susquehanna where many fishing lakes, rivers and creeks can be found. The Wiconisco Creek, the Slate Run, the Ohio River, the Youghiogheny River, the Penns Creek are just some tourist spots ideal for fishing. On the other hand, the Bucktail State Park, the Cook Forest State Park, and other state parks are open for hunting.
Agricultural activities in Pennsylvania are endless with several farms that are mostly run by families who still use traditional farming techniques to this day. One such traditional farm is the Getty Farm in Saegertown, PA, which offers a farm tour for visitors to taste their all-natural honey and maple syrup, as well as their poultry products. For pure maple syrup and an experience to see how it is done, you may visit the Hurry Hill maple Syrup at the peaceful town of Edinboro. There are other farms in Pennsylvania that make maple syrup, so plan your tour around February up to April if you want to visit the state during its maple syrup season.
Are you thinking of staying in a farm for a day or two? Well, the Knapp Farm provides tourists with bed, breakfast and recreational activities such as animal interaction, crop farming and timber harvesting education, camping, horseback riding, hiking and biking.
Hiking and Backpacking
For the ultimate nature trip, Pennsylvania has miles of trails for you, both smooth and mountainous trails. Hiking, camping and picnicking are fun-filled activities matched with the beautiful sceneries you’ll see as you go along the hilly and wooded regions of the state.
Starting in Freeport, PA, the Baker Trail renders the best chances to hike or bike along the 141 miles of trail. On the other hand, the Gerard Trail is a shorter one that is only 36 miles long and provides access to the breath-taking sites at the Oil Creek State Park. You may stop by to do some fishing and canoeing before proceeding to 16 more miles of hiking. If you are a hiking addict, the 1500-mile North Country Scenic Trail is the best trail to take another hiking challenge.
Truly, nature vacations in Pennsylvania are not only agreeable, but also educational and challenging. While there are several museums and man-made attractions in this state, the natural resources of Pennsylvania are more exciting and pleasurable to visit.
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