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History is just beyond the shadow.

Your overnight stays and a donation from a recent filming there resulted in some improvements to Davis Hollow Cabin, managed by the Friends of Davis Hollow Cabin, at Moraine State Park✔️New lights, landscaping, and painting👏

Originally built in 1780, the cabin is located in Moraine State Park and is one of the historic facilities along the North County Trail. Davis Hollow Cabin is available for visitors May – November each year. Reservations are required and open on March 30th.

Happy #NationalLogCabinDay!
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The 18th century Carroll Cabin in Forbes State Forest WILL endure!

Thanks to your support of a Preservation Assessment report, a rehabilitation plan kicked off in April. Do you want to see how it unfolds? Keep an eye out for our newsletter! Happy #NationalLogCabinDay!

📷Marci Mowery, Caroll Cabin
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"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out I found, was really going in." - John Muir

📷Barb Fogal, Lehigh Gorge State Park
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Ivy and Amy wrote to say they have just completed 3 Challenge Categories: Deep Thoughts, Mother Earth, and Heroes! How'd they start? Ivy says, "I am an avid swimmer, and my original goal was to visit every state park with a beach or a pool (after a while, I figured I may as well just see them all)." She's still working on the "Wet and Wild" category and encourages us to add a "Swimming" sub category, which we will definitely consider! Ivy says she she will continue working on her goal of visiting all of PA's state parks. She's over halfway there! A Passport Book is a great gift for friends, family, or yourself! Adventure awaits🦅 Link in BIO to Shop PPFF's Store! ...

Fat tires are good, flat tires aren't! Did you know that Tyler State Park has 22 miles of bike trails, but no bike repair stations? Well, that's about to change thanks to Fat Tire Amber Ale and @newbelgium Brewing Company! Stay tuned for when we announce the installation of the new repair stations👏🚵
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"Having visited state parks in over 20 different states, people here don't know what a treasure they have." - Mike Lipay, Seen Em' All Challenge winner.

Read more about Mike's experience in guest blogger Christian @crawriter Alexandersen's article! LINK in BIO to read the Latest PPFF News. Are you up for the challenge this summer🌞
📷Mike Lipay
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#TipTuesday Skill Builder: What should I put in my hiking pack? Comment your essentials. Check out @crawriter 's pack! LINK in Bio to read the Latest PPFF news! ...

🦅Paint me and celebrate #NationalBaldEagleDay!

I'm this month's paint by number by Melodie Schwartz-Higgins. Practice your #artskills and learn about the importance of Clean Water and Forested Ecosystems
🎨 Link in our Bio🎨

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Happy #Juneteenth (#NationalFreedomDay), which marks the final act of the emancipation of hundreds of thousands of enslaved people on June 19, 1865. ...

What the😶? Caption this photo.
Stopped me dead in my tracks on my hike along Koppenhaver Trail at Pine Grove Furnace SP last weekend.

Side note! This trail is more accessible than ever due to the efforts of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace, State Park Staff, and their partner organizations. Other than this scare😅 it was a beautiful, peaceful, and fulfilling hike. Thank you👏

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Calling all photographers! 📷 Enter PPFF's 2022 Clean Water and Forested Ecosystems Photo Contest! There's still ⏰Go to our Bio for a link to more details!

📷 Tamie Dickson, Black Moshannon State Park

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"...Do go chasing waterfalls, Branch out from the rivers and the lakes that you're used to..." 🤩Beautify your run, jog, or hike on trails next to PA waterfalls. Find a 💎 in guest blogger Christian Alexandersen's new article! LINK in our Bio and Read the latest PPFF news! 🏞️ @Crawriter

📷Leibert, Loyalsock State Forest

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#NaturePhotographyDay sees guest blogger Christian Alexandersen guiding you to Six Instagram-worthy state parks, forests views. #ILoveMyPAStateParks Click in our Bio and Read the latest PPFF news! ...

Did you know that portions of some PA state parks, and particularly state forests, are affected by the legacy of past industrial uses such as abandoned oil and gas wells and coal mines?

For instance, there are nearly 600 orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells. If not dealt with, these create hazards for visitors and pollute the environment.

📢Support #GrowingGreenerIII by Being A Voice for YOUR public lands by going to our Bio!
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The June DIY paint by number is waiting in the wings🦅
Click on the link in our Bio for more on the Paint By Number Series🎨
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Need an excuse? Today is #NationalGetOutdoorsDay. Have fun out there #Pennsylvania!

📷Maureen Dwyer, Presque Isle State Park
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This #ForestFriday we celebrate the value of trees. From shade, to water protection, to simply making us feel better, your forests got your back! ...

Happy 5️⃣0️⃣ Locust Lake State Park🎉🎉🎉This Friday is a family- friendly, free, community celebration for her 50th anniversary! Get out and celebrate!

📷Tom Buehl Jr.
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