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Out and About in Pennsylvania State Parks

Find yourself at one of the world's top seven star gazing destinations, and watch in awe as the Aurora Borealis dances across the sky. Walk through leafy parkland, past glimmering lakes, and jutting mountains. Discover national natural landmarks, and plunge into the most adrenaline activating white water rafting in the eastern United States. Gaze in awe as herds of elk frolic in their natural environment. Outward bound experiences in Pennsylvania's State Parks are unforgettable.

State Parks in Pennsylvania: Top Accommodations

House Ricketts Glen State Park
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania, United States
from $117
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House Ricketts Glen State Park
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania, United States
from $115
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House Cherry Springs State Park
House ∙ 13 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms
Cherry Springs State Park, Potter County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $156
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House Presque Isle State Park
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Presque Isle State Park, Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania, United States
from $68
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Apartment Presque Isle State Park
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Presque Isle State Park, Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania, United States
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House Ohiopyle State Park
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, United States
from $280
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House Shawnee State Park
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Shawnee State Park, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $104
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House Worlds End State Park
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Worlds End State Park, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $166
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House Worlds End State Park
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Worlds End State Park, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $369
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Best Pennsylvania State Parks for Families

Trek through idyllic landscapes and watch the stars, snowmobile through swathes of pristine, snow-dusted forest in winter, or laze in a fishing boat on the lake in summer. Your family will never forget vacations at these Pennsylvania State Parks:

  • 1. Cherry Springs State Park

    Bring your family to Cherry Springs, which is widely agreed to be one of the seven best places on earth from which to view the stars. 30,000 stars are visible to the naked eye on a clear night, including occasional meteor showers and the Aurora Borealis. Watch stately elk wandering across the landscape and get an even closer look, on the Kinzua Skywalk. This raised walkway floats at canopy level above forests that turn crimson come fall.

  • 2. Promised Land State Park

    This really is the promised land for families, who are delighted by the range of recreational activities on offer at this park. In summer, take a dip in the water before enjoying a picnic. Boat, fish, and hunt. Hike and bike the park's trails through 15,000 acres of parkland. Horseback ride, or in winter, come ice skating, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing in this scenic environment.

  • 3. Bald Eagle State Park

    6,000 acres of parkland are adorned with a 2,000 thousand acre lake, overlooked by Bald Eagle Mountain. Few places in the state are as picturesque. Come boating, fishing, and swimming in the summer, or go wildlife watching in the park's wetlands with your family.

Best Places to Stay for State Parks in Pennsylvania

Bed & Breakfast Worlds End State Park
Bed & Breakfast ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Worlds End State Park, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $131
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House Worlds End State Park
House ∙ 22 guests ∙ 9 bedrooms
Worlds End State Park, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $640
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House Hickory Run State Park
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Hickory Run State Park, Kidder Township, Pennsylvania, United States
from $163
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Best Pennsylvania State Parks for Hiking

Marvel at ancient geological formations, have a go at orienteering, or cross country ski through some of the state's most scenic landscapes in the Pocono Mountains. Don't miss the gushing waterfalls at Linn Run. Here's where to find the state's best hikes:

  • 1. Hickory Run State Park

    More than 40 mi. of trails wind through this 16,000 acre park on the lower slopes of the Pocono Mountains. Monolithic boulders are scattered across a stunning site called Boulder Field, a designated National Natural Landmark. Plenty of picnic tables provide resting spots. Come practise orienteering in the park, or in the winter try cross country skiing and snowmobiling along the park's trails.

  • 2. Keystone State Park

    Hike across 1,200 acres of parkland in this serene state park with a beautiful lake. A warren of trails thread through the landscape, including cross country skiing and sledding trails in the wintertime. Stop off at one of the picnic spots or try your hand at fishing along the way.

  • 3. Linn Run State Park

    Venture out into 50,000 acres of recreational land within Forbes State Forest and Linn Run. The park is home to the rushing Adam Falls, where you can rest in the picnic area. Trails are used for biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling in the winter.

Recommended Accommodations for State Parks in Pennsylvania

Resort Hickory Run State Park
Resort ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Hickory Run State Park, Kidder Township, Pennsylvania, United States
from $151
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Apartment Nockamixon State Park
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $178
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House Nockamixon State Park
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $201
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Best Pennsylvania State Parks for Adventure Sports

Whether its paddling your raft like crazy as you round hairpin bends, in-line skating along a lakeside, or horseback riding through rocky landscapes, there's always an outdoor adventure to be had at these Pennsylvania State Parks:

  • 1. Ricketts Glen State Park

    Horseback ride along trails to see twenty-two waterfalls, including the 94 ft. Ganoga Falls, falling down the chiselled cliffs. Hike, cross country ski, and snowmobile through 13,000 acres of parkland. Or, in the summer, take a fishing boat out on the lake before diving in for a swim.

  • 2. Presque Isle State Park

    Situated on the peninsula of Lake Erie, Presque State Park is a paradise for adventure sports fans. Mountain bike or in-line skate along lakeside trails, or take a boat out on the water. The island is a National Historic Landmark that attracts migrating birds and human visitors with its stunning beaches and ecological diversity.

  • 3. Ohiopyle State Park

    For some of the most thrilling white water rafting in the eastern United States, come to Ohiopyle. The churning Youghiogheny River cuts through the park in its own dramatic gorge, but there are an additional 20,500 acres to see. In winter, snowmobile, sled, or cross country ski your way around. In the summer, fish, hunt, and go rock climbing.

Top Offers for State Parks in Pennsylvania

House Nockamixon State Park
House ∙ 14 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
from $344
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House French Creek State Park
House ∙ 9 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
French Creek State Park, Warwick Township, Pennsylvania, United States
from $261
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House French Creek State Park
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
French Creek State Park, Warwick Township, Pennsylvania, United States
from $115
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