Month: August 2021

Elk Country Visitor Center

Elk Country Visitor Center

Here is something that you don’t get to do everyday and seeing elk firsthand is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Pennsylvania Elk Country.

White Clay Creek Preserve

White Clay Creek Preserve

The 1,341-acre White Clay Creek Preserve is in southern Chester County, three miles north of Newark, Delaware. The White Clay Creek Valley, which forms the core of the Preserve, varies from steep to gradually falling terrain with some flat bottomlands. White Clay Creek Preserve shares 

Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-acre park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park is named for Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature that formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet deep and has an elliptical shape. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward. The largest diameter is 42 feet by 24 feet. At the bottom it is 17 feet by 14 feet. The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet, so could hold about 140,000 gallons. It would take 35 fire truck tankers to fill the pothole.

Fort Washington State Park

Fort Washington State Park

Rich in modern recreational facilities and historical significance, Fort Washington blossoms with flowering dogwood in the spring. The park takes its name from the temporary fort built by George Washington’s troops in the fall of 1777, before heading to Valley Forge. The park is popular 

Reading Pagoda

Reading Pagoda

Sitting 1200 feet above sea level, the panoramic view from the Pagoda is breath-taking.

Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands. The Youghiogheny River provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery.

Ohiopyle State Park offers an abundance of activities, the most popular being whitewater rafting and rock climbing. Guided whitewater rafing trips are available from independent companies. Natural rock formations in the creek bed attract visitors to enjoy natural water slides. Picnic areas have grills and restrooms, and the Youghiogheny River has very good trout fishing.

The park has multiple camping opportunities offering camping cottages, yurts, and organized group tenting. Hiking trails ranging from levels of easy to difficult afford great scenics views of waterfalls. Visitors can spot a number of species of birds and other wildlife including deer, bobcats, and river otters. At the Ferncliff Peninsula, rare plants and fossils can be explored.

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge in the poconos is the regions first indoor waterpark featuring Bear Track Landing. Bear Track Landing is a 78,000 square foot waterpark with 11 waterslides, 6 pools, and an interactive activity center. Slides include the Hydro Plunge, Coyote Cannon, Alberta Falls™, Totem 

Brandywine River Museum

Brandywine River Museum

The Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting.  Previous displays include:  Scribner’s Magazine:  The Early Years in Illustration; Comic Catharsis: A Gift of Cartoons by 

Allegheny Portage Railroad

Allegheny Portage Railroad

The Allegheny Portage Railroad was a great achievement in early travel. Charles Dickens, Jenny Linn, and Ulysses S. Grant traveled over the Allegheny Mountains. They braved a system that injured passengers on a weekly basis. A system of inclined planes and a nine hundred foot tunnel carved through solid rock by Welsh coalminers made this feat possible. For twenty years, it was the fastest way to transgress the rough and wild terrain of Pennsylvania.

Site Includes:
Special Evenst, Trails, and `What to See` information.

See the Allegheny Portage Railroad websites for special fee free days.

Hiawatha Riverboat

Hiawatha Riverboat

Hiawatha Paddleboat Tours is a paddlewheel excursion boat that cruises up and down the Susquehanna River. Built nearly 50 years after it’s namesake, the Hiawatha is one of the most popular attractions in central Pennsylvania.  The original Hiawatha was a steam-driven stern-wheeler that was one 

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. April 1 to October 31, and 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. November 1 to March 31. The park visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with summer hours from 8:00 

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park

This park is nestled in the gap of Tuscarora Mountain. Dedicated in honor of the 15th president of the United States, this narrow, peaceful hollow is the site of James Buchanan’s birthplace. A stone pyramid monument surrounded by majestic conifers stands on the site of the original cabin where he was born. Buck Run is a native brook trout stream.

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park is an 18.5-acre park. Nestled in a gap of the Tuscarora Mountain in Franklin County. The park and surrounding the forested mountains offer an abundance of beauty throughout the year.

Waldameer Water World

Waldameer Water World

Parking and admission to the park itself are free.

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

America’s first zoo and one of the region’s foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to over 1,500 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in 

Evansburg State Park

Evansburg State Park

Evansburg State Park is in southcentral Montgomery County between Norristown and Collegeville. Evansburg offers a significant area of green space and relative solitude in an urbanized area. Its main natural feature, the Skippack Creek, has dissected the land into ridges and valleys that create feelings of enclosures and provide scenic views.

The narrow valley was first settled and farmed by Mennonites who also powered their industries with the water of the Skippack. Even now, mill remnants, mill buildings and houses from the eighteenth and nineteenth century dot the park landscape and serve as reminders of early American life.

Today, the park is a quiltwork of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands that attracts day use visitors from the Montgomery County and Philadelphia areas. People come to the open play fields, picnic areas, trails, golf course and the relatively tranquil, natural environs.