The beautiful colors of spring can be seen everywhere in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region. Journey about to see abundant wildlife while mountain laurel and wildflowers bloom in more than a million acres of woodland. You can cast your line for trout in our clear cold mountain streams while listening to the gobbles of a wild turkey echo through the valleys.

Tour de ForestEndless adventure awaits you in this big beautiful part of northwest Pennsylvania consisting of Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest, and Cameron Counties. Here you can step back in time as you stand beneath the towering ancient pines and hemlocks in the Forest Cathedral of Cook Forest State Park. Explore hundreds of miles of trails throughout the region for hiking and cycling, as well as trails for ATV, snowmobile, and horseback riding. Take a drive on country roads through scenic mountain vistas. Enjoy seeing abundant wildlife, including Pennsylvania’s wild elk herd and the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Find family fun at the region’s many events, festivals, and fairs held throughout the year and sample local food, wine, beer, moonshine, music, and culture. Soak in the stunning surroundings as you float down either the Clarion or the Allegheny, our two rivers within the highly exclusive National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Visitors to the region will find many talented people passionate about creating beautiful things. You can take home a unique piece of Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region from one the many galleries and shops stocked with locally handmade artisan works, gifts, and souvenirs. Travelers can experience the local cultural scene with many live musical and theater performances throughout the year.

Plan Your Trip

When it comes to a place to stay, you can find everything from spacious lodges to cozy cabins, from the convenience of modern hotels to “roughing it” at remote campsites. Getting here is easy via I-80. The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region is teeming with great places to stay, eat, explore, as well as many fun-filled activities to experience. We invite you to come experience your own endless adventure in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region. For FREE visitor information and travel guides, go to or call (814) 849-5197.


Beth Exley is the Marketing and Member Services Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau. She is a graduate of Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication. Beth has also been employed over the years in radio sales, print sales and as a marketing director for a small chain of furniture stores. She has been with the PA Great Outdoors since 2017 starting as Group Tours and Events Coordinator. Beth was promoted to Marketing and Member Services Coordinator in April 2019.