For outdoor lovers and adventurers, several states in the US have lots of natural attractions to explore.
Idaho, Utah, and Montana are some that come to mind. There’s Arizona and the incredible red rocks of Sedona.
When you think of Pennsylvania, “nature” probably isn’t the first word you associate with it. Philly cheesesteaks, Hershey Park, and the Liberty Bell, sure.
Actually, Pennsylvania has no shortage of natural wonders. Some are beautiful and awe-inspiring, others are unique to anything you’ve seen before.
Moving to Pennsylvania but worried it won’t fit your outdoorsy lifestyle? Don’t fret, there’s much to see and experience. Read on to check out the best Pennsylvania nature has to offer.
1. Coudersport Ice Mine
Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains sits the Coudersport Ice Mine. During the summer, icicles begin to form inside this 10 feet long and 40 feet deep mine.
If you visit this attraction during the winter, you’ll be out of luck! By the cold months, the enormous icicles melt entirely. It’s a phenomenon that even scientists can’t explain.
2. Meadow Run Natural Water Slide
Better than a 100-foot drop human-made slide, this natural water slide is a thrill.
The beautiful 300 million-year-old sandstone rocks have been smoothed over by the rushing water. Adults and children alike climb to the top of the path and then enjoy a swift slide down the twisting gorge, ending in a small pool of water at the end.
Downstream from the natural slide visitors also enjoy fishing and whitewater kayaking while taking in the beauty of the park.
Located in the Ohiopyle State Park, the slide is only an hour and a half drive from Pittsburgh.
3. Archbald Pothole State Park
Potholes might ruin your car’s tires, but this one could swallow it whole!
Visit the Archbald Pothole State Park to see it with your own eyes. The naturally occurring glacial pothole is 38 feet deep and 42 by 24 feet wide. In addition to the pothole, there are 150 acres of park to hike, as well.
4. Ringing Rocks Park
In a secluded park in Bucks County sits seven-acres of ringing rocks. How did this sea of boulders get its name?
If you hit them with a hammer or another blunt object, they ring like a bell. Every rock there can ring, though some have tones so low that a human ear can’t hear them.
Enjoy performing your own “rock concert” then explore the 123 acres. Don’t forget your hiking shoes for climbing those rocks and your own hammer for making music!
5. Cherry Springs State Park
Cherry Springs State Park is an 82-acre state park that is surrounded by the 262,000 acre Susquehannock State Forest and the nearby Susquehannock Trail.
But the deep, dark, night sky is the biggest draw for Cherry Springs State Park and has been named as one of the best stargazing places on the planet. This park sits under some of the darkest skies on the East Coast and offers incredible views of the Milky Way, planets, and other hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena.
Camp under the incredible stars but book early to be assured a spot!
Pennsylvania Nature: Discover the Outdoors
Looking to move to a state with beautiful outdoor attractions? Pennsylvania nature will be sure to impress you. There’s so much to see in and around Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area.
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