Heading out to the great outdoors takes some planning—sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Depending on the activity you want to enjoy while you're outside, it can be as simple as leaving the flip-flops at home, all the way to knowing your limitations on what you can do. It’s easy to have fun outside, but sometimes having fun takes some preparation.


Don't Forget

Before any adventure, you must prepare. Depending on your chosen adventure you will need different equipment. The following information applies to a general hike in the forest away from your car or other shelter.



Be Safe

There are always things to be aware of both inside and out. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help make your outdoor experience safe and enjoyable.



Have Fun

There are a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for kids available on Pennsylvania's public lands.



Play Nice

In order for us to be able to enjoy outdoor recreation with our families long-term, there are techniques and considerations to take in account during our adventures. Many state parks and forests promote the ethics of Leave No Trace, which teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.



Contact Us

We want to hear from you. You can contact the individual park or forest you would like to visit for more specific information. You can also find us on Facebook.