When’s the last time you took a weekend off? No chores. Turned off the phone. Just enjoyed two blissful days of doing whatever you wanted? Probably too long ago, right? Well, instead of sticking around doing chores on your next free weekend, hit the road on an unforgettable road trip to these enchanting state parks in Pennsylvania. You’ll get to see some of the best that PA has to offer and enjoy a relaxing getaway.
Plan your road trip!
Explore some of the charming state parks in PA on this delightful road trip. As always, you can follow the road trip as it is, or mix it up a bit by adding or removing stops to meet your needs and interests. Whatever you do, have fun!
1. Kinzua Bridge State Park
Let's kick off our state park road trip at Kinzua Bridge State Park. Of course, you'll find plenty to do at the 339-acre park. Spend a few hours hiking and enjoying wildlife watching before relaxing with a picnic. But, the masterpiece of the state park is Kinzua Bridge Skywalk, once a majestic bridge partially destroyed during a tornado in 2003. Today, visitors can walk down the remnants of the bridge, where you can stand on a glass floor and look down 301 feet at the forest floor below.
2. Cherry Springs State Park
Just like any of the state parks on this road trip and in PA, Cherry Springs State Park is worthy of an entire weekend visit itself. The masterpiece of the cozy 82-acre state park, surrounded by the massive Susquehannock State Forest, is its majestic skies. The sky above Cherry Springs State Park is one of the darkest on the Eastern Seaboard, making it an ideal location for stargazing.
3. Leonard Harrison State Park
Our next stop will give us breathtaking views of one of PA's natural wonders. Leonard Harrison State Park - as well as nearby Colton Point State Park - promises sweeping views of Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of PA. The state park offers plenty to do, including hiking, on its nearly five miles of trails, wildlife watching, fishing, and picnicking. And, if you're feeling a bit tired, you can set up camp for the evening, too.
4. Susquehanna State Park
Ready for our next destination? We're heading to Williamsport and Susquehanna State Park. The tiny 20-acre state park overlooks the river, offering a quiet and relaxing spot to enjoy boating, wildlife watching, or fishing.
5. Bald Eagle State Park
Our next stop just might be the perfect place for an overnight, especially if you want something a little more luxurious than camping. Bald Eagle State Park is home to the Nature Inn, an enchanting hotel that offers sweeping views of the lake and the park. Of course, you can also camp out at the park that features a slew of activities all year around - from hiking and swimming in the summer to ice skating and cross country skiing in the winter.
6. Black Moshannon State Park
Pack your swimsuit if you're visiting Black Moshannon State Park in the summer. While away the hours lounging on the sandy beach before taking a dip in the cool water. Or, explore some of the 3,394-acre state park that offers such activities as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, and fishing. If you visit in the winter, go snowmobiling, ice skating, or cross-country skiing.
7. Allegheny National Forest
Alas, we've arrived at our final stop, Allegheny National Forest, after a journey of 287 miles. The forest isn't a state park, but it's a PA gem and the perfect way to end an epic road trip. Spend the night at one of the forest's 15 campgrounds, or just enjoy a day of exploration. The more than half a million acre state park offers hiking, biking, and horse trails, boating, geocaching, fishing, and boating.
What are your favorite state parks in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments! Then,
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