We are so lucky to have nature so that we may find an escape from the hustle and bustle of our every day routines. Especially in Pennsylvania, we are blessed with endless forests, mountains, fields, and streams. Here are ten of the most serene and relaxing places to escape into nature in our State.
1. Schenley Park, Pittsburgh
Schenley Park is a gigantic park located right in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. With many trails to choose from, tucked away ponds and lakes, and multiple dips, valleys, and mountains, you won't know that you're in the second largest city in the state.
2. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Another much-welcome haven from the surrounding urban life, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia offers endless places to let your mind decompress.
3. The Rose Gardens, Allentown
The Rose Gardens are perfectly manicured rows of the most gorgeous flowers you will ever see.
4. Bake Oven Knob, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Germantown
After a long hike, sitting on the rocks at Bake Oven Knob will offer you a meditative panorama of the surrounding land. In the right season, you can even watch hawks fly past in their migration.
5. Presque Isle State Park, Erie
Enjoy the lapping waters on the shore of Lake Erie, where Pennsylvania's longest beach makes its home.
6. Bushkill Falls, Bushkill
What could be more relaxing than pondering the wonders of nature while mesmerized by the endless energy of a waterfall? Bushkill Falls is colloquially known as the "Niagara of Pennsylvania."
7. Pine Creek Gorge, Waterville
Known as the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania," Pine Creek Gorge is... Gorgeous.
8. Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area, Perry County
This ten square mile area is home to a Box Huckleberry bush which is possibly the oldest living organism in the country and the second oldest in the world.
9. Ringing Rocks State Park, Upper Black Eddy
The rocks at Ringing Rocks State Park emit a ringing sound when they are struck with a hammer. This phenomenon is unexplained and occurs in only a few places throughout the world.
10. Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport
The skies at Cherry Springs are so clear of light pollution that they offer a better view of the stars than any other on this side of the country.
Where else do you go to relax? Let us know in the comments below.