PA Wilds Camping
If your idea of fun is strapping on your hiking boots and becoming one with nature, then the extraordinary outdoor recreational opportunities of the PA Wilds are for you. The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including parts of the legendary North Country Trail, one of our country's longest trails. It stretches 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York, and the initial 100 miles in Pennsylvania traverses the rolling hills and valleys of the ANF. The North Country Trail takes you into Cook Forest, through the heart of the ANF and finally to the Kinzua Dam at the Allegheny Reservoir, the site of several national canoe races and record-setting walleye and northern pike catches.
Pine Creek Gorge, a.k.a. Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon, is home to the 30 mile West Rim Hiking Trail plus 62 miles of 'Rails to Trails'. Not only can you hike, bike, and paddle through Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon, you can tour it on horse-drawn covered wagon rides and off-road Jeep tours. Outfitters based in Wellsboro offer several trips throughout the season. Wellsboro is a quaint town with gas-lit street lights, historic homes, and huge trees. Stop at the Wellsboro Diner and enjoy homemade food in an atmospheric 1930s eatery.
Need sports to feed your passion? Head over to Williamsport, home of the Little League Baseball Museum. The Little League World Series is held here each August and has hosted teams from all over the world for 50 years. Williamsport is part of the Susquehanna River Valley, a Mecca for trout and bass fishing. So, anglers, pull out your waders, fly fishing rods, or casting rod, and head down to Loyalsock, Slate Run and Black Hole. The Pennsylvania Fish Commission's website, www.fishandboat.com/fishing.htm, lists additional local spots. If standing in knee high creek water isn't your thing, try a cruise on the Hiawatha Paddleboat along the Susquehanna River. Take in one of their specialty cruises: Family, Karaoke, Sunday Brunch, or a Concert.