Take a hike!
With 650 public trails in Pennsylvania totaling approximately 12,000 miles in length, it’s no wonder that hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Pennsylvania. Many of those public trails are can be traced right here in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, quaint little towns and the tranquility of nature. The four counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming feature an array of destinations for novice and experienced hikers alike; from the rugged forested mountains, valleys and trails of the Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan and Bradford counties to the flatter, more manageable D&H (Delaware & Hudson) Rail Trail in eastern Susquehanna County, which just so happened to be nominated by EMHR and subsequently designated 2021 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year. You can find more about the D&H and other rail trails managed by the NEPA Rail Trail Council at: neparailtrails.org.
Whether looking for a multi-day hiking adventure through dark, old growth forests or a short family-friendly loop to one of our many breathtaking vistas or waterfalls, the Endless Mountains is the perfect destination for those with an appetite for exploration and the outdoors. With unparalleled scenery, fascinating history and countless species of wildlife in the Endless Mountains; there’s something for every hiker to discover and enjoy. Having an abundance of county and municipal parks to meander through, the 2,850-square miles that encompass the Endless Mountains region are also home to four of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, including:
Many hikers who visit the Endless Mountains are also birders looking to get the perfect photograph of their favorite winged-creature in its natural habitat. The American bald eagle has made an immense comeback in the region over the years and are often seen soaring above the Susquehanna River looking for their next meal. The Endless Mountains is also home to various species of raptors, owls, waterfowl, thrushes, herons, hummingbirds, pheasants, grouse and many more. As of July 2020, there were 435 species on the official list of Pennsylvania birds accepted by the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee (PORC). That’s quite a selection of feathered creatures to find and observe!
Some trails in the Endless Mountains allow equestrian (horseback) riders and off-road vehicle riders as well, so be sure to look for these designated trails for your next adventure.
You can plan your next hiking expedition using our newly released “Endless Mountains Outdoor Recreation Guide”, done in partnership with the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency and our four counties.
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