The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.
Month: January 2019
The 256-acre Whipple Dam State Park is a delightful and quiet place to visit. The lake is the perfect place to indulge in a refreshing dip, bird watch or just relax. The beautiful day use area is wonderful for a picnic or hike.
In 1927, the former Department of Forests and Waters was considering a recreation site in the area and surveyed the old log-crib dam. It was decided to construct a new dam upstream at a better location. The new dam was completed in the spring of 1928 and provided a shallow pool. Recreational activities began almost immediately and by the early 1930s, Whipple Dam was listed as a State Forest Public Camp.
Established in 1895, by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Museum of Art is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works. The museum focuses not only on the masters of years past, but also leaves room for the “Old Masters […]
Did you know that you use oil or gas everyday? Even if you don’t drive or have oil heat, there thousands of things we use each day that are petroleum based. We invite you to enjoy a visit to the Drake Well Museum, where in August of 1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry.
For the past 80 years this site has been preserved. Though the original engine house didn’t survive,the heart of the museum is a board-for-board replica. The site features operating machinery that shows how the oil was pumped, stored and transported and over 520 artifacts are exhibited. While you’re there see how the barrels are made by the cooper and check out the blacksmith.
When you’re done at the museum take the time to enjoy the rest of the 240 acres. Bring a picnic, take a hike, fish or ride a bike. Even take a ride on the Titusville Railroad.
Come early and make a day of it!
Upper Pine Bottom State Park is surrounded by the huge Tiadaghton State Forest and provides visitors with a welcome rest area. Visitors often use the parking area of this small roadside picnic site for access to hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and hunting on forest land.
Lakemont Park dates back to 1894 is the proud owner of the world’s oldest roller coaster, “Leap-the-Dips”. Built in 1902, it is now a national historic landmark and has been recently restored and available for rides!
Lakemont Park has rides and attractions for the whole family from Bumper Cars to the Tilt a Whirl. The popular Island Water Park has spiraling water slides, and the Pirate Ship Activity Pool.
Lakemont Park hosts special events throughout the year. In September is the Altoona First Festival with many vendors selling crafts and food, and special admission for an all-day ride pass. During the winter season, the park hosts “Holiday Lights on the Lake”: fifty-one acres of holiday light displays, combined with the music of the season!
In the heart of the Laurel Highlands at an altitude of 2,600 feet, Kooser State Park attracts visitors year-round to its 250 acres of forest and the beautiful trout stream that flows the full length of the park.
The park’s original design character was stamped by the Civilian Conservation Corps projects of the 1930s that established the existing lake and most of its use areas, its architecture and site details. The park design stresses rustic values in site and building materials and in their application: native stone, rough sawn and stained wood surfaces, log and timber members.
The 5,900-acre park lies in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Two geologic provinces create Bald Eagle’s scenic beauty. The Allegheny Plateau to the north and west holds smooth, undulating uplands. The Ridge and Valley Province to the south and east contains numerous […]
The Railroad Museum of PA has a huge amount of exhibits and information available, covering the history of railroading in the United States.
You can see the history and heritage of the old steam trains to the technology and advancement through the years. Over 100 vintage engines and cars are in the museum, restored to their original colors and glory. Old rail signs and rail artifacts are on display as well, with the stories of the men that worked the railroads.
Be sure to check their website and plan your visit on a day when one of the numerous special events are occurring. Group tours and special admission rates may be available.