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Enjoy the Winter

Wintertime means funtime, especially for kids. When the mercury dips below freezing, it's more important than ever to break the cabin fever and head out when there's snow and ice blanketing Pennsylvania's outdoors.

Sledding in state parks

Racing down a hill on a sled or snowtube is a winter activity enjoyed by children of all ages. Coast down to this page for more information.

Ice skating in state parks

There are plenty of ponds and lakes with designated ice skating areas throughout Pa.'s state parks. For those who haven't lost their edge, glide over here for more information.

Snowmobiling

If you have the machine, Pennsylvania has the places to go. State forests have an extensive trail network that's perfect for snowmobiling. Race over here for a ton of information (including trail conditions) on snowmobile riding in Pa. state forests.

State parks also have great places to ride. Plow into this page for the scoop.

GO OUTSIDE: Go to this map to find snowmobiling opportunities in a state park near you!

Skiing

Whether it's the thrill of downhill skiing or the challenge and beauty of a cross-country trail, Pennsylvania parks and forests are equipped to handle your skiing needs. There are three state parks that have downhill skiing facilities; Blue Knob (Bedford County), Camelback at Big Pocono (Monroe County), and Denton Hill (Potter County). Find out more here.

The Bureau of Forestry has 560 miles of cross-country ski trails in 15 state forests and potentially all 3,671 miles of state forest trails are open to this use when snow covered. Slide over here for more information. State parks also have excellent trails waiting for you when the snow flies. Follow the track here for more information on cross-country skiing in state parks.

GO OUTSIDE: Go to this map to find cross-country skiing opportunities in a state park near you!

During the winter months, DCNR maintains a Winter Report page that keeps visitors up to date on current trail and snow conditions. Search by a park or an activity.