Seasonal November 27, 2017
10 Places in Pennsylvania That Will Make You Feel As Though You’ve Entered A Winter Wonderland
One of the most strikingly beautiful times of the year is upon us. Pennsylvania’s landscape is, of course, spellbinding at any time of the year. But, add snow-capped mountains, the glow of freshly fallen snow in the moonlight, and snow-covered trees, and Pennsylvania becomes a winter wonderland. Here are 10 places in PA that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Discover picture perfect scenes all over the charming town of Bellefonte, especially in the winter. Enjoy a winter stroll around Talleyrand Park. Bellefonte also features a vibrant downtown dotted with quaint shops and restaurants.
2. Eagles Mere
The enchanting village of Eagles Mere looks like an image from a postcard, especially when covered with snow. Join a long held tradition in the village at the Eagles Mere Toboggan. Zip down a hill on a toboggan. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before sliding down again.
3. McConnells Mill State Park
Jaw dropping winter views await at McConnells Mill State Park. Breathe in the fresh air with a hike along one of the park's four trails. Go kayaking in the icy waters. Or, spend a lovely few hours snowshoeing on one of the trails, which total more than nine miles.
4. Valley Forge National Historical Park
Winter provides the perfect backdrop for a visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park. The park, after all, is the site of the Continental Army's winter encampment in 1777. Open all year around, the park transforms into a winter wonderland when the snow falls. Hike some of the 30 miles of trails. Then, warm up indoors at the Visitors Center.
5. Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park's waterfalls - Cucumber Falls and Ohiopyle Falls - turn into iced artwork during the coldest days of the winter. The park itself promises plenty of fun outdoor activities. Cross country skiing trails total more than 33 miles. Sled riding and snowmobiling are also popular winter activities.
6. Gouldsboro State Park
Spanning 2,800 acres, Gouldsboro State Park beckons outdoor lovers all year around with its many activities. Lace up your ice skates. Glide around an acre of the 250 acre Gouldsboro Lake. Cross country skiing is also popular along the park's 10 miles of hiking trails.
7. Powdermill Nature Reserve
Powdermill Nature Reserve's spellbinding beauty is illuminated against the winter background. The sprawling nature reserve is an extension of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Go hiking and view local wildlife. Programs are held in the evenings and on the weekends throughout the year.
Embrace tranquility and drink in the seasonal beauty with a visit to Gettysburg in the winter. Explore Gettysburg National Military Park. Go skiing or snow tubing at Gettysburg Liberty Mountain Resort. A stroll around downtown Gettysburg also offers plenty of picture perfect moments.
9. Delaware State Forest
Sprawled across nearly 84,000 acres, Delaware State Forest is the perfect winter destination. Drink in the stunning beauty of the winter wonderland as you explore on a winter hike or cross country skiing. Snowmobiling is also a popular winter activity.
One of the most remote towns in PA, Renovo is paradise for outdoor lovers and nature enthusiasts. Explore the breathtaking winter wonderland with a visit to Eagle Branch Swamp Natural Area. Or, take a scenic drive along the High Plateau Scenic Byway (Route 144).
How lucky are we to live in a state that turns into a winter wonderland every year? Make the most of that winter wonderland by adding these
10 fun activities to your winter bucket list.