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Exploring Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County

A panoramic view of Indian Wells Overlook along the Mid State Trail in the Rothrock State Forest.
Indian Wells Overlook is an exceptional scenic vista located right along the Mid State Trail near the Centre-Huntingdon county line. So if you're already thru-hiking the Mid State Trail, you're literally going to follow the orange blazes right to and through Indian Wells. But if you're simply looking to visit Indian Wells Overlook as a quick out-and-back hike, then I've got...

Exploring Boone Run Vista in Potter County

Visiting Boone Run Vista near Cherry Springs State Park.
Boone Run Vista in Potter County is a roadside scenic overlook near the world-famous Cherry Springs State Park. How to Get to Boone Run Vista From Cherry Springs State Park, you'll head southeast on Route 44 for a mile, then hang a right on Junction Road. Once on Junction Road (a state forest road), you proceed another mile to Boone Run Vista,...

Exploring George’s Song Shop: America’s Oldest Record Store

George's Song Shop in Johnstown Pennsylvania is America's oldest record store.
George's Song Shop in Johnstown is America's oldest record store! And for vinyl collectors like myself, George's is an absolute must-see - a floor to ceiling, 5-story shrine to a time when physically owning your music (not owning a license to stream your music) was a real thing! George's Song Shop is billed as having over one million records and CDs...

Visiting the Cresson Sanatorium in Cambria County

Approaching the front door of the former Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Cambria County.
The former Cresson Sanatorium in Cambria County is without a doubt one of the coolest places I had a chance to explore in 2021! I was among the first groups of people to able to LEGALLY tour the massive compound back in June (you can read my trip report and see my gallery of photos from that visit here). When I...

Exploring Rimrock Overlook in Warren County

Looking north over the Allegheny Reservoir from Rimrock Overlook in Warren County.
Rimrock Overlook in Warren County offers visitors outstanding views of Kinzua Bay and the Allegheny National Forest which surrounds it. And while not literally roadside, if you can navigate a few flights of stairs, you can experience Rimrock Overlook yourself. How to Find Rimrock Overlook in Warren County From Route 59 two miles east of the Allegheny Reservoir, turn onto Rimrock...

Exploring Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County

Brilliant fall foliage at Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County, Pennsylvania.
Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County is one of the best off-trail scenic overlooks in the Quehanna Wild Area. But just because it's off-trail doesn't mean it's difficult to get to, if you know where to look! And that's exactly what I'm going to show you in this article - how to find Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County. Directions...

My 25 Favorite PA Fall Foliage Destinations of 2021

The Kinzua Bridge skywalk, surrounded by fall foliage.
2021 was another banner year for PA fall foliage lovers! Over the month of October I logged over 4,000 miles on my truck (and a few more on my kayak), criss-crossing the state in search of the best fall foliage colors Mother Nature had to offer. So now that the fall foliage season is winding down, here's a recap of my...

Hiking the Mount Pisgah Trail in Jim Thorpe

Lehigh Gorge Overlook along the Mount Pisgah Trail.
The Mount Pisgah Trail in Jim Thorpe is a steep but easy-to-follow trail leading up Mount Pisgah to a pair of fantastic Carbon County vistas. The trail utilizes former right-of-ways from the Switchback Railroad, built in the early 1800s to carry coal from mines in the mountains to the Lehigh Canal below. How to Find the Mount Pisgah Trail The Mount Pisgah...

Ohiopyle State Park 2021 Fall Foliage Update

Fall foliage views at Ohiopyle State Park.
I've visited Ohiopyle State Park countless times, but October 30, 2021 may have been the single best fall foliage day I've ever personally experienced there! I started my morning at Baughman Rock Overlook, where a veil of fine mist and dense valley fog hung over Ohiopyle far below. I made my way down into the valley and next stopped at Cucumber...

Exploring Tank Hollow Overlook in Carbon County

Tank Hollow Overlook on State Game Lands 141.
Tank Hollow Overlook in Carbon County offers visitors a stunning view of a bend in the Lehigh River in the western Poconos. Tank Hollow Overlook is located on State Game Lands 141, and regardless of the time of year, it is prudent to wear some articles of blaze orange clothing when hiking on ANY State Game Lands, including this one. How...

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