Visiting Punxsutawney Phil – PA’s Most Famous Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil's burrow at the Punxsutawney library downtown.

Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, and quite possibly in the entire world!

A drowsy Punxsutawney Phil coming to visit with the author.
A drowsy Punxsutawney Phil agrees to visit with the author.

And while we think of Phil every February 2nd, when he makes his famous weather prediction of either an early spring or six more weeks of winter, you can visit him any time of year in his hometown in Jefferson County.

Punxsutawney, PA is the "Weather Capital of the World".
Punxsutawney, PA is the “Weather Capital of the World”.

Visiting Punxsutawney Phil’s Burrow

Phil lives in a deluxe man-made burrow attached to the Punxsutawney Library.

Directions to Punxsutawney Phil's burrow in downtown Punxsutawney.
Directions to Punxsutawney Phil’s burrow in downtown Punxsutawney.

His burrow may also be one of the safest places in all of Punxsutawney, as the local police department is headquartered in the same complex!

Punxsutawney Phil statue outside the Punxsutawney police department.
Punxsutawney Phil statue outside the Punxsutawney police department.

Phil spends a lot of time sleeping, which is to be expected from a groundhog that has been predicting the weather since 1886!

Punxsutawney Phil sleeping in his burrow at the Punxsutawney Library.
Punxsutawney Phil sleeping in his burrow at the Punxsutawney Library.

Phil consumes a magic elixir that accounts for his longevity, as you’ll learn when you visit his burrow.

The secret to Punxsutawney Phil's longevity.
The secret to Punxsutawney Phil’s longevity.

Scattered around Punxsutawney you’ll find “Phantastic Phils”, statues of Phil in various costumes.

Punxsutawney Phil as the statue of liberty, one of the many versions of Phil statues you'll find scattered around Punxsutawney.
Punxsutawney Phil as the Statue of Liberty, one of the many versions of Phil statues you’ll find scattered around Punxsutawney.

There’s a picturesque park adjacent to Phil’s Burrow.

Punxsutawney Phil statue in the downtown park near his burrow.
Punxsutawney Phil statue in the downtown park near his burrow.

And of course a sculpture of the town’s most famous resident.

A sculpture of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog.
A sculpture of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog.

Visiting Gobbler’s Knob

Gobbler’s Knob is located approximately 2 miles from Phil’s burrow in downtown Punxsutawney.

How to find Punxsutawney Phil's burrow as well as Gobbler's knob where he makes his weather predictions.
How to find Punxsutawney Phil’s burrow as well as Gobbler’s Knob, where he makes his weather predictions every February 2nd.

It is from this hilltop that Phil issues his weather prognostication every February 2nd.

Entrance to Gobbler's Knob.
Entrance to Gobbler’s Knob.

On a recent visit on a summer afternoon, I had Gobbler’s Knob all to myself.

The stage at Gobbler's Knob where Phil makes his prediction every February 2nd.
The stage at Gobbler’s Knob where Phil makes his prediction every February 2nd.

That of course allows you to explore all the famous sights there at your leisure.

Visiting the famous stump where Phil makes his prediction every February 2nd.
Visiting the famous stump at Gobblers Knob where Phil makes his prediction every February 2nd.

About that name – you’ll learn all about it on various interpretive exhibits at Gobbler’s Knob.

Story behind the name "Gobbler's Knob" in Punxsutawney.
Story behind the name “Gobbler’s Knob” in Punxsutawney.

You’ll also learn about Phil’s amazing record of 100% accuracy predicting the weather correctly for more than 120 years!

Details on Punxsutawney Phil's impressive record of 100% accuracy.
Details on Punxsutawney Phil’s impressive record of 100% accuracy.

Final Thoughts

It’s hard to underestimate the impact this legendary groundhog has had on his hometown – literally EVERYTHING in Punxsutawney seems to reference Phil in one way, shape, or form.

Groundhog Plaza is one of countless places in Punxsutawney named after Phil.
Groundhog Plaza is one of countless places in Punxsutawney named after Phil.

What started out as a tradition amongst German immigrants in this small western PA town has morphed into a holiday that is now known and celebrated across the United States.

Groundhog Day historical marker at Gobbler's Knob.
Groundhog Day historical marker at Gobbler’s Knob.

In the process, Punxsutawney has become the unofficial “Weather Capital of the World”.

Gobbler's Knob sign in Punxsutawney.
Gobbler’s Knob sign in Punxsutawney.

And a simple groundhog with a gift for predicting the weather has become the “Rockstar of Rodents”, and a beloved symbol of Pennsylvania!

Punxsutawney Phil is one of Pennsylvania's oldest and most beloved residents.
Punxsutawney Phil is one of Pennsylvania’s oldest and most beloved residents.

Nearby Attractions

Beartown Rocks in the Clear Creek State Forest features an exceptional scenic overlook perched high atop a “rock city” dating back to the last Ice Age!

Beartown Rocks Overlook in the Clear Creek State Forest.
Beartown Rocks Overlook in the Clear Creek State Forest.

Beartown Rocks is essentially a roadside attraction, meaning you can park right next to it and take a leisurely stroll through this “rock city” in Jefferson County.

Climbing on boulders at Beartown Rocks in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.
Climbing on boulders at Beartown Rocks in Jefferson County.

Brady’s Bend Overlook in neighboring Clarion County is one of the finest roadside vistas in Pennsylvania!

Brady's Bend Scenic Overlook in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
Brady’s Bend Scenic Overlook in Clarion County.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is located 12 miles from Punxsutawney, and is the last remaining historic covered bridge in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge Clearfield County Pennsylvania
McGees Mills Covered Bridge on a winter afternoon.

The 15 Best Elk Viewing Destinations in PA will take you north of Punxsutawney, to visit another species of wildlife that have become celebrities and a tourist draw in their own right.

The 15 best elk viewing destinations in Pennsylvania.
Directions to the 15 best elk viewing destinations in Pennsylvania.

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