Find a Woodland Adventure

While the Walk in Penn’s Woods partnership is not sponsoring organized walks this year, we are excited to utilize the month of October for promoting Walks in Penn’s Woods. Our hope is that individuals, friends, and families will use the resources below to take their own Walk in Penn’s Woods and share their experience with us via Facebook, Instagram or write a post here on our website.

Please use the hashtag #mywalkinpennswoods on social media to share your Walk in Penn’s Woods.

Below is a growing collection of Woodland Adventures. Our Woodland Adventure Partner Events and Woodland Adventure Trails are listed by County and our Virtual Woodland Adventures library is listed by Region. Plus, you will find a listing of a few Fun Apps that might be fun to use in the woods.

Please stay safe and healthy while enjoying the woods. Remember to wear orange on trails in areas that allow hunting. For more information on hunting seasons visit the PA Game Commission website. As you hike, walk and enjoy these trails and recreation spots, we ask you to please maintain social distancing, step off-trail to let others pass and continue to follow leave-no-trace principles.

Woodland Adventure Partner Events

Click on the titles below to find a woodland adventure event to join. Be sure to share your pictures on Facebook (your page or our Walk in Penn’s Woods page), Instagram, or write a post here on our website. Be sure to use the hashtag #mywalkinpennswoods!

Adams County
Fall Foliage Hikes hosted by Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Monday October 12, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Pole Steeple Vista Trail – Meet at Trailhead parking on Old Railroad Bed Road
Saturday October 17, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunset Rocks Vista Trail; Meet at Trailhead Parking lot on Old Shippensburg road.
Click Here to Register for each Hike

Piney Mountain Day Pack Hike hosted by Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Sunday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click Here to Register

Berks County
Driving Tour of State Game Lands 110 hosted by the PA Game Commission
Sunday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southeast Region will host a driving tour of State Game Lands 110 in Berks County. This tour provides a great opportunity for the public to see firsthand how the Game Commission effectively manages these valuable lands for wildlife, hunting, and trapping. This tour begins at the Mountain Road gate approximately five miles west of the Borough of Hamburg and ends at the State Route 183 gate, four miles north of Strausstown. All participants must exit the tour route by 3PM.

Feathered Fridays hosted by Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Friday, October 16, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Click Here to Register for each Friday

Get Moving Mondays hosted by Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Click Here to Register for each Monday

Watershed Wednesday Hike hosted by Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Click Here to Register for each Wednesday

Owl Prowl hosted by Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Click Here to Register

Dauphin County
Tour the Preserved Pronio Farm hosted by Manada Conservancy
Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Need an excuse to get outside with plenty of space around you? The Pronio Family invites you to visit their property in October for a self-guided tour! Maps will be available and volunteers (wearing masks) will be on hand with information about Manada Conservancy land preservation. Many thanks to the Pronio family for inviting us to enjoy their property! To register call (717) 566-4122 or office@manada.org. Please social distance and wear a mask while at the farm.

Driving Tour of State Game Lands 211 hosted by the PA Game Commission
Sunday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southeast Region will host a driving tour of State Game Lands 211 in Dauphin County. This tour provides a great opportunity for the public to see firsthand how the Game Commission effectively manages these valuable lands for wildlife, hunting, and trapping. This tour begins at the Ellendale Forge gate, located six miles east of Dauphin Borough, along Stony Valley Road, and ends at the Gold Mine gate. All participants must exit the tour route by 3PM.

Huntingdon County Driving Tour of State Game Lands 67 hosted by the PA Game Commission
Sunday, October 18, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southcentral Region will host a driving tour of State Game Lands 67 in Huntingdon County. This tour provides a great opportunity for the public to see firsthand how the Game Commission effectively manages these valuable lands for wildlife, hunting, and trapping. The tour begins off Route 913 between Coalmont and Dudley (look for the sign) and covers approximately 7 miles. Participants will find ample opportunity to enjoy the historical sites, high quality habitat improvements conducted by Game Commission habitat crews in partnership with cooperating organizations such as the Huntingdon County Conservation District and the Shoup’s Run Watershed, as well prescribed fire and high quality forest management areas. This is a self-guided driving tour; no staff will lead the excursion as in past years. Information will be provided to each vehicle at the start of the tour to help guide the way.

Indiana CountyWalk in The White’s Woods Nature Center hosted by Friends of Whites Woods. This is a socially-distanced, self-guided walk at the 12th Street Entrance (200 Forest Ridge Road)
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Explore the scenic White’s Woods Nature Center’s wooded hillsides, big trees, and quiet stream. Highlights include songbirds, glimpses of wildlife, and one of the most beautiful woodland canopies in Western Pennsylvania! Friends of White’s Woods members will be on hand to distribute trail maps and to answer your questions about local history, trails, trees, and plants. Participants are asked to observe social distancing guidelines and to wear masks. The walk is one-three miles (your choice), including moderate climbs. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes or boots. There is no rain date. This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To register for this event, please send an email to
info@ friendsofwhiteswoods.org, indicating the date & time you would like to participate.

Lycoming CountyHump Day Hike hosted by Tiadaghton State Park
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. Click Here to Register

Northampton County
Hike in the Natural Lands Trust Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary hosted by the Wildlands Conservancy
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Click Here to Register

Perry County
Fall Trees Walk and Talk hosted by Little Buffalo State Park
Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Click Here to Register

Pike CountyA Hike on Thunder Swamp Trial hosted by Wildlands Conservancy on the Delaware State Forest
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Click Here to Register

Schuylkill County
Lake View Roc Loop hosted by Tuscarora State Park
Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. Registration is Required – Call Robin (570) 467-2506 to register

For a more detailed listing of organized events offered at PA State Parks Click Here.

Woodland Adventure Trails

Click on the titles below to find a woodland adventure trail to explore. Be sure to share your favorites on Facebook (your page or our Walk in Penn’s Woods page), Instagram, or write a post here on our website. Be sure to use the hashtag #mywalkinpennswoods!

Allegheny County
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – 131 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Toms Run Nature Reserve – 369 acres

Armstrong CountyNicholson Island – 46 acres

Bedford County
Lutzville Cliffs Natural Area – 8 acres
Sideling Hill Creek Conservation Area – 375 acres

Butler County
Miller Esker Natural Area – 31.9 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area – 243 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Alameda Park – 14 acres
Glacier Ridge Trail – 14.8 miles within Moraine State Park. This trail is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Cambria County
The Ghost Town Trail – 44 miles, Voted Pennsylvania Trail of the Year 2020
Path of the Flood Trail – 11 mile bicycle and walking path
Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail – 3.1 mile urban trail
Honan Avenue Hiking & Biking Trail, Eagle Trail, & Joseph P. Whipey Trail – Laurel Highlands Historical Village
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail – 70 miles of trails
Prince Gallitzin State Park Trails
– 32.65 miles of trails
Stackhouse Park Trails – 270 acres

Clearfield CountyBennett Branch Forest – 1,465 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy

Crawford County
Helen B. Katz Natural Area – 552 acres -owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Cambridge Springs Natural Area – 91 acres
Conneaut Marsh Natural Area – 168 acres
Cussewago Bottom Conservation Area – 120 acres
Mystic Valley Conservation Area – 66 acres
Tryon-Weber Woods – 108 acres

Dauphin County – Detweiler Park Trails Loop – owned and managed by Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Management

Elk County
Bennett Branch Forest – 1,465 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee Memorial Recreation Area – 24 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Clarion River Inholding – 532 acres

Erie County
Lake Pleasant Conservation Area – 582 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Lower Creek Nature Reserve – 92.2 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
West Branch French Creek Conservation Area – 992 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
French Creek Flats – 17 acres
South Branch French Creek Conservation Area – 193 acres
Wattsburg Fen Natural Area – 292 acres
Wheelertown Flats – 33 acres

Fayette County
Bear Run Nature Reserve – 5,119 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy

Forest CountyBlue Ridge Forest – 455 acres

Fulton County
Lutzville Cliffs Natural Area – 8 acres
Sideling Hill Creek Conservation Area – 375 acres

Jefferson County
Dutch Hill Forest – 490 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Clemens Run – 61 acres

Lawrence CountyPlain Grove Fens Natural Area – 394 acres

McKean CountySelf Guided Hike on Tracey Ridge Trail hosted by the PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation

Mercer CountyJohn C. Oliver Loop Trail – 12 miles at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

Montgomery County Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary – 81 acres

Somerset County
Bear Run Nature Reserve – 5,119 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr. Memorial Recreation Area – 40 acres – owned and managed by the Western PA Conservancy
Casselman River Conservation Area – 644 acres
Whites Creek Valley Natural Area – 85 acres

Tioga CountyGrand Canyon of Pennsylvania – Pine Creek Gorge in the Tioga State Forests

Venango County
Tippery Meadows Natural Area – 56 acres
Blood Farm Interpretive Trail – .5 mile trail in 440 acres in Oil Creek State Park

Warren County
Broken Straw Flats – 98 acres
Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area Nature Trail – 3-5 miles of self guided activities, maintained by the Warren County Conservation District and the PA DCNR.

Westmoreland County
Camp Run Woods – 20 acres
Marshall Preserve – 77 acres
Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve – 58 acres – visit the Westmoreland Land Trust website for trail maps, scavenger hunt map and aerial tour of the preserve.

For more trails and maps in Pennsylvania visit Explore PA Trails sponsored by the PA DCNR

Virtual Woodland Adventures

Click on the titles below to go on a virtual woodland tour. And, share your favorites on Facebook (your page or our Walk in Penn’s Woods page), Instagram, or write a post here on our website. Be sure to use the hashtag #mywalkinpennswoods!

Lynn Firth Virtual Wildflower Walk – Crawford County – created by the Foundation for Sustainable Forests
Little Flat Tire Tower – Centre County – created by Jennifer Nieves, Walk in Penn’s Woods
Bald Knob Ridge – Centre County – created by Jennifer Nieves, Walk in Penn’s Woods
Kepler Road – Centre County – created by Jennifer Nieves, Walk in Penn’s Woods
Native Plants Walk – Pike County – created by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor Virtual Tour
– Centre County – created by Clearwater Conservancy
Celebrating the Ghost Town Trail – Cambria County – created by the Pennsylvania DCNR
Tour of Shoaff’s Mill at Little Buffalo State Park – Perry County – created by the Pennsylvania DCNR
Take a Walk in Penn’s Woods
with Dave Scamardella, Forester for the Pennsylvania DCNR
What’s in Store for Fall Foliage
– created by the Pennsylvania DCNR
Exploring Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers – created by the Pennsylvania DCNR
Pennsylvania DCNR Story Maps

Fun Apps For Your Woodland Adventures

iNaturalist – This app allows you to upload a picture of just about anything: plant, tree, woodland creature, etc., and connect with over a million iNaturalist’s scientists who will provide you with information about your find.
National Wildlife Federation Nature Guide Apps – The Federation has created apps to safely connect people of all ages in the outdoors. There are eight wildlife nature guide apps: birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and spiders, butterflies, mushrooms, and trees. Due to the wealth of information available at your fingertips, each app is $9.99.
Audubon Bird Guide – Not sure what kind of bird you are looking at or hearing? Use Audubon’s Bird App to identify your backyard birds and more.
PictureThis – With all the invasive plants and flowers in our woods, this app identifies which plants are native and which are not and allows you to keep track of what you see.
Picture Insect – Insect ID Pro (search your app store) This app allows you to upload a picture for an instant identification. Due to amazing accuracy, there is a subscription fee.
All apps are available for iOS and Android phones. We hope these tools will help you be more familiar with what you are seeing and hearing in your woods!
Sounds of the Forest – a unique website to hear sounds in forests all around world or submit sounds in your own forest.
TrailOff – This free app offers GPS-activated audio storytelling along 10 Circuit Trails. TrailOff features local authors who bring new and diverse perspectives to trails in the Philadelphia region.

Many thanks to Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Foundation for Sustainable ForestsPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Wildlands Conservancy, and many others for providing descriptions, maps and more for the trails and virtual tours listed above.