Pennsylvania May 05, 2020
9 Pennsylvania Natural Wonders You Need To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List For 2020
When’s the last time you pulled out your trusty bucket list? If it’s been too long (or even if it was yesterday), you won’t find a better time to dust it off than right now. Flip through all the things you plan to do. Then consider adding one or more of these Pennsylvania natural wonders to it.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Archbald Pothole State Park
Pennsylvanians are no strangers to potholes. Did you know, in fact, that PA is home to the world's largest pothole? Yep, Archbald Pothole, in Archbald Pothole State Park, is so big it could easily hold 140,000 gallons of water or fit 35 fire trucks. It's definitely worthy of an add to your outdoor bucket list.
2. Hammersley Wild Area
If it's remote you like, it's remote you'll find at Hammersley Wild Area, the most remote area of Pennsylvania. The pristine wild area spans more than 30,000 acres and motor and other types of vehicles are prohibited. In fact, it has the largest roadless area in the entire state. Explore the lush area along the Twin Sisters Trail.
3. Ringing Rocks
We've all probably heard of Ringing Rocks, but how many of us have been there? Ringing Rocks County Park is home to a natural phenomenon that you have to experience to believe. Bring a hammer with you to the boulder field. There, you'll gently tap one of the rocks and discover -- it makes music.
4. Ricketts Glen State Park
An outdoor bucket list certainly wouldn't be complete without Ricketts Glen State Park, perhaps best known for its 22 waterfalls. Even better? If you're up for a challenge, you can see all of them along the Falls Trail. The sprawling state park also features a sandy beach, 26 miles of trails, and camping facilities.
5. Pine Creek Gorge
Make your way to Colton Point State Park or Leonard Harrison State Park for stunning views of Pine Creek Gorge. Popularly known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Pine Creek Gorge promises jaw-dropping natural beauty no matter what season you visit. The spectacular natural wonder spans 47 miles, is one mile wide, and measures 1,450 feet at its deepest point.
6. Laurel Caverns
Pennsylvania's home to several caverns and caves, and Laurel Caverns holds the distinction of being the deepest cave in Pennsylvania at 464 feet deep. However, when you visit it, you'll only go down 150 feet. Both tours and caving adventures are available.
7. Seven Tubs Nature Area
Tucked in Wilkes-Barre, Seven Tubs is a breathtaking natural wonder that features natural tubs. Wear comfy shoes for your hike along the 1.8-mile trail that's dotted with lush greenery, small waterfalls, shimmering streams, and natural tubs. Unfortunately, swimming in the natural tubs and water is
8. Bilger’s Rocks
Bilger's Rocks date back more than 300 million years. A bucket-list-worthy destination, Bilger's Rocks consist of caves, passageways, and cliffs. You can even climb the boulders while you're there. After you've explored the rocks, relax with a picnic in the picnic area.
9. Cherry Springs State Park
Whether you're an avid stargazer or it's your first time, you'll find no better place to do a little stargazing than Cherry Springs State Park. The park, in fact, boasts the darkest skies on the eastern seaboard. Amateur astronomers can view the nighttime sky from the designated viewing area.
What other Pennsylvania natural wonders will you add to your outdoor bucket list? Let us know in the comments! Consider adding another natural wonder,
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