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Outdoor Guide

State College Outdoor Sports and Recreation

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Welcome Outdoor Adventurers!

Discover the outdoors of central Pennsylvania. Our online Outdoor Adventure Sports Guide helps you find PA state parks, local hiking trails, outdoor rock climbing outfitters and other rock climbing facilities, mountain biking trials, biking trails and golf courses. From camping to hunting.


Choose Your Adventure

Click a link below and start your Outdoor Adventure today!

  • Archery / Bow Hunting Archery hunters checkout our coverage for Centre county bow hunting.
  • Camping / Campgrounds Find a camp ground in Centre county and State College area
  • Golf / Golf Courses There are six public and private golf courses in Centre County Pennsylvania.
  • Boats / Boating Get out on the water with our local boating guide.
  • Parks / State Parks State Parks provide a variety of activities during all seasons. Here are some that may pique your interest.
  • Skiing / Ski Resorts Skiers in State College are within 2 hours of various local resorts and within 3 hours of the Poconos, a large Eastern Pennsylvania ski area with 13 resorts.
  • Hiking / Trails Central Pennsylvania has some of the most scenic and challenging hiking trails in the northeast ranging from a little over a mile (Alan Seeger Trail) to hundreds of miles long (Mid-State Trail). Here are just a few.
  • Caving / Spelunking Pennsylvania has one of the most extensive cave networks in the nation, and many are found local to State College.
  • Rock Climbing / Rappelling Since State College is so mountainous, you have your pick as to where you would like to rock climb or repel.
  • Biking / Mountain Biking Due to State College's topography, biking is a challenging endeavor. You can ride an easy trail at one of the state parks, or you can test your skill at the deer pen trails


Outdoor Events

2015-08-19 Family Fun Nights at the Pools-Park Forest Pool DIVE-IN MOVIE

Events include games, prizes and theme music; come out and enjoy the fun! The ‘After 5 PM’ admission rates will apply or enter FREE with a season pass.

2015-03-15 SHCRA Snowmobile Race

The SHCRA (Snowmobile Hill Climb Racing Association) works hard to help the industry promote grass roots snowmobile racing with classes for the Trail enthusiast and Pro competitors.

2015-03-31 Birding Cup Primer Workshop

The annual Birding Cup fundraiser at Shaver's Creek is Pennsylvania's premier birding event, attracting over 100 birdwatchers of all ages and skills.

2015-07-01 Family Fun Nights at the Pools-Welch Pool Sports Night

Events include games, prizes and theme music; come out and enjoy the fun! The ‘After 5 PM’ admission rates will apply or enter FREE with a season pass.

2015-07-15 Family Fun Nights at the Pools-Park Forest Pool-O-Ween Night

Events include games, prizes and theme music; come out and enjoy the fun! The ‘After 5 PM’ admission rates will apply or enter FREE with a season pass.


Pennsylvania Outdoor Resources

(717) 783-7941 State Forests
Find information on hiking, hunting, sightseeing, wildlife, primitive camping and backpacking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, ATV trails, natural areas, and plant sanctuaries.
(717) 657-4518 Fish and Boat Commission
Find informational maps, license agents, seasons/sizes/creel limits, fishing and boating laws, access areas, and boat registration.
(717) 783-7507 Game Commission
Find information on hunting and fur-taking licenses, wildlife, publications and videos, watchable wildlife, game land maps, elk viewing, bald eagles, and black bears.
PennState Outing club
To find out more about outdoor activities, visit http://www.clubs.psu.edu/outing


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