Outdoor Recreation

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Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, the natural beauty of the Susquehanna River Valley is sure to inspire you to take in the great outdoors. The Susquehanna River Valley is  home to the majestic Susquehanna River. We are also surrounded by state parks, scenic country roads, abundant fishing streams and year-round recreational opportunities.

The region also offers a number of land and water trails. Take some time to explore DCNR's  interactive website, which features more than 5,700 miles of trails throughout the Commonwealth. Want to kayak, camp, bike, or cross-country ski locally but don't know where to start? Go to Get Outdoors PA and learn more about what our area has to offer.

Did you know that PA's State Parks are the best in the country? They are! Our 117-state park system received the 2009 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Watch a video created by PA DCNR highlighting our state parks.

There’s truly something here for everyone – whether you like to hike, bike, fish, canoe, golf, watch wildlife, or take a leisurely stroll through a park with friends and family – it’s all right here for you to enjoy!

 

Request the free outdoor recreation guide here.

 

The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area is an extensive, family-oriented off-road trail system located in Central Pennsylvania. Riders of ATV's, SxS, dirt bikes, and full-size vehicles enjoy the diversity of the trail system on 8,000 acres of wooded land that provide many experiences to keep riders coming back for more. The Event Center near the parking area gives riders shelter to eat, as well as portable bathroom facilities.

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Bald Eagle State Forest, named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 194,000 acres in Snyder, Union County, Centre, Mifflin and Clinton Counties. The forest spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles of pristine mountain streams and tracts of old growth forest. Bald Eagle State Forest District lies in the beautiful ridge and valley section of the state. From the limestone-rich Susquehanna Valley in the southeast to the Allegheny Mountains in the northwest, the forest district is dominated by a series of sandstone ridges some of which reach heights of 2,300 feet above sea level. The many streams within the area have their origin in the forested ridges and flow in several directions eventually emptying into the Susquehanna River. The state forest offers unparalleled pleasing beauty and boundless recreational opportunities such as an extensive network of trails, awesome scenic vistas, flaming fall foliage and picturesque drives. The forest belongs to the citizens of Pennsylvania and is here for their use, enjoyment and exploration.

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Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Sunrise and sunset flights originate daily. Add a tethered or flyaway balloon ride to any event.

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The kayak/canoe rental business provides transportation to designated drop-off locations on the Susquehanna so patrons can enjoy some relaxing time on the water. On their return, they can relax on lounge chairs or hammocks located around on-site firepits. Watch for expansions coming soon!

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Blue Heron is the largest regional resource of fishing gear for the area's rivers, streams, and lakes. A growing screen-printing and embroidery business has also served the region with custom apparel for more than 35 years.

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Brookside Bikes is family-owned and -operated and located just north of Mifflinburg. It's the perfect place to start a scenic bike tour of the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Since 2009, Brookside Bikes has offered a wide selection of new and used bikes, parts and accessories and prompt, high-quality service for the local area.

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Bucknell Golf Club is an 18-hole, semi-private golf course. Home of the Bucknell University Men's and Women's Golf Teams, the Bucknell Golf Club is a well-manicured and challenging course.

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Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA), owner of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, offers events, classes, and activities for the whole family at various locations including the Lewisburg Community Pool, Recreation Park, Summer Camp, Gymnastics Center, and more.

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A family business focused on making cycling fun for the whole family. Offering sales, service, rentals and U-Haul. The rental fleet includes over 30 bikes such as hybrids, electric, mountain, road, tandem, children's, etc.

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Forty beautiful hilltop acres are home to this full-care boarding facility that features horseback riding, training, clinics, trails, and riding lessons for all ages, disciplines, and experience levels. This equestrian center includes 42 12'x 12' stalls, a 14,000-sq. ft. indoor arena, a 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor arena, ample tack storage space, multiple grooming bays, and a warm water horse bathing suite. Elysian hosts several events throughout the year and can accommodate private events.

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Famous Reading Outdoors owns and operates approximately 20,000 acres located in Schuylkill and Northumberland counties in central-eastern Pennsylvania. Famous Reading Outdoors is actively managing a family-friendly, motorized, non-motorized, and hunting recreation facility.

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Fantasy Island Campground is a beautiful, friendly, & clean campground with 100 full hook-up sites located on the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA. Amenities include: cement patios & pads, laundry facilities, clean hot showers, TV, free WIFI, pool & so much more.

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This 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course is rated one of the finest courses in Northeastern PA with a pro shop that is fully-stocked with top brands. The onsite restaurant features a patio overlooking the #18 green and is open to the public, along with an Olympic-size swimming pool. Special events like a wedding, rehearsal dinner, party, tournament, or meeting can be hosted in the banquet room that offers breathtaking views of the Valley and accommodates 100 guests. Conveniently located between Danville and Bloomsburg near Geisinger Medical Center.

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Gilson Snow is an American snowboard and ski company that designs bases in three dimensions for an enhanced feel on the mountain. The woodworking heritage of the region is merged with the precision of modern technology, building snowboards and skis that are of the highest quality in construction and shipping them around the world. Gilson is one of the fastest growing winter sports companies in the country.

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Gray Squirrel Campsites is a peaceful vacation spot at the base of Jack's Mountain bordering Bald Eagle State Forest and within two miles of great fishing at Walker Lake. Visit the campground for a wonderful outdoor experience.

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Cruise aboard the Paddlewheel Riverboat and hear about boom rats, lumberjacks, and the characters on the river that once made Williamsport the home of the most millionaires per capita! Also enjoy family cruises, concert, karaoke, brunch, dinner and wing cruises! Refreshments available on board!

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Hidden Valley is a family-friendly camping resort with many amenities. There are activities for the entire family to enjoy. Come join us to make your family memories. Full hookups to primitive wooded tenting sites are available, located in scenic Buffalo Valley.

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Kelly RV is a full-service repair center (some exclusions) and dealership for travel trailers, which carries a variety of camping supplies and RV repair parts and offers a PA Inspection Station and LP fill station. One of the only dealerships on the east coast for Northwood Manufacturing, Kelly RV stocks the 4-Season Nash, Arctic Fox, Fox Mountain and Desert Fox line.

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Turn your Knoebels visit into a family vacation by staying at the campground.Tucked away in a quiet forest setting, you'll be just steps away from the park while getting away from it all. 570 sites.

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Nestled at the base of a pine and hardwood-covered hillside just 1/2-mile from Knoebels Amusement Resort, Three Ponds Golf Course boasts four sets of tees appealing to players of all abilities. The semi-private club is a regulation 18-hole, par 71 golf course rated 70.1 from the blue tees with a slope of 127. On location, the Nickle Plate Bar & Grill features a wide variety of assorted lunch and dinner specials, along with a selection of craft specialty beer, wine and cocktails. The clubhouse can accommodate group outings and tournaments for up to 125 people.

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Celebrating discovery and family-friendly fun since 1930! Where science and adventure are NATURALLY FUN! One-hour interpretive tours of two spectacular crystal caverns. Educational programs, Raystown Rocks Gift Ship, gem panning, primitive camping. Great family events...October Ghosts & Goblins Tours, December Santa in the Cave, February Batfest, April Easter Bunny Underground, and June Discovery Days. Closest Cavern to Raystown Lake.

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The Conservancy works with landowners primarily in Union, upper Northumberland and Snyder counties to preserve the natural beauty and diversity of the region through partnerships with landowners and educational outreach.

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As the licensed voice for the North and West Branches, tributaries and drainage area, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper protects what is loved. It's not just about the River, it's about the communities that call this River home.

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The Center in Millersburg, PA, was built to house the Center's collection of hundreds of original works. It also showcases works of contemporary artists from around the country. The Center's lands offer a tranquil outdoor experience on more than 500 contiguous acres of rustic beauty.

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America's only all-water cavern and farm-nature-wildlife park. Only cave in Pennsylvania on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Features include a large visitors center, gift shop, gem-panning, maze, and cafe.

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R. B. Winter State Park covers 695 acres. The focal point of the park is Halfway Lake which is filled by spring-fed mountain streams and contained by a hand-laid, native sandstone dam. Open year-round, the park provides diverse opportunities for recreation. Seventeen miles west of Lewisburg on SR 192.

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Located on the clean, clear west branch of the Susquehanna River.

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Welcome to Shady Brook Campground located in the foothills of Shade Mountain where you can enjoy the beauty, tranquility and quiet in a mature forest. Shady Brook offers large and spacious campsites, with lots of "Elbow Room", RV, back-in, tents and cabins. Sites offer water, modern electric and WIFI.

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Located at the confluence of the West and North Branches of the Susquehanna River, Shikellamy State Park encompasses 132 acres that feature a Marina at Lake Augusta and a scenic river overlook. The Shikellamy complex includes the 82-acre Milton State Park located along Rt. 15 at West Milton and the 20-acre Susquehanna State Park, home of the Hiawatha paddleboat, located at Reach Rd., Williamsport.

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Sirphis was rebranded from Moon Shine Camo in 2018 offering four unique brands of apparel. Sirphis develops patterns that have mass visual appeal, increasing the public demand for any product branded by Sirphis.

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Splash Magic is a premier family campground and RV resort and features hundreds of full hook-up sites and full-service cabins. The facility has a waterpark, water slides, outstanding playgound and heated pools.

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Summer Breeze Stables provides a fun, safe and friendly horse-riding environment. Owner and certified trainer Jan Phillips instructs hunter seat equitation for riders of all ages and experience levels, on her horses or yours, in spacious indoor and outdoor arenas. Jan also offers excellent boarding and riding facilities, sales assistance and consultation and summer day camps and shows. Easy driving distance from Milton, Lewisburg, Williamsport, Selinsgrove, Danville and Northumberland.

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At Sunsational Family Campground enjoy waterfront camping on Penns Creek.

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Susquehanna Valley Country Club is the Valley's best kept secret for golf, dining and special events. The spacious ballroom features seating for 225 guests, two gorgeous fireplaces and beautiful bay windows overlooking the Susquehanna River Valley.

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Veterans Memorial Pool is one of the few filtered pools in the state operated without charge to swimmers through the generosity of the citizens in the area. Features include a concession stand, diving board, sliding board and rain tree. Life guards are present. Available for pool parties.

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A 45-hole golf complex with two 18-hole championship courses. The complex has a driving range, large practice putting green and sand bunker, a full restaurant and bar and locker rooms.

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The Crosscutters are the short-season Class "A" affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cutters play their home games at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field which is the second-oldest minor league stadium in the U.S., built in 1926. Fun, affordable family entertainment.

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Where memorable adventures begin. Enjoy fire truck rides, swimming pools, jumping pillow, petting zoo, great theme weekends and more. There is fun for all ages.

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One of the largest caverns in Pennsylvania, its nickname, "The Big One," reflects its five spacious rooms, one of which, "The Hall of Statutes," is 300 feet long. Experienced guides conduct a well-explained, easily-walked tour in large, well-lit passageways that offer 50 minutes of nature at its best.

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A family-owned and -operated 18-hole public golf course spanning 6,218 yards, with a pro shop, restaurant and bar. Banquet facility on site can accommodate everything from small luncheons to beautiful weddings with professional service. Or just enjoy a relaxing day on the links.

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Yogi at Shangri-La is a country retreat by the creek.

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