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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.

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  • 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

2014-12-31 First Night® State College 5K Resolution Run

Runners, fast, and not so fast walkers can speed into the New Year on a certified, mostly flat, wheel-measured course around the streets of Penn State Campus, starting and finishing on College Avenue.

2014-12-26 Holiday Hike!

Take some time during your Holiday break to accompany the naturalist for a wild winter walk! Work off the cookie calories while meandering around the local trails to explore what the afternoon brings.

2015-01-01 First Day Hike! - Bald Eagle

Start 2015 by completing your new year’s resolution- getting out and exercising! Start a new tradition and celebrate the beginning of the new year by experiencing a fun and refreshing hike within Ba...

2014-12-31 Annual Family New Year's Eve Skate

1-4:30pm. Admission $8.50, $3 discount with your own skates. Balloon drop and party favors included.

2015-01-01 First Day Hike

Enjoy a 2 mile hike on the Star Mill Trail. This is a mostly flat trail that borders the lake for about half of the hike. Find out some interesting facts about Black Moshannon State Park.

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
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