Conserve.
Protect.
Enhance.

We are the official nonprofit partner of your Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests

Pinchot State Forest
photo by Colin Xu

We are a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization working to provide a voice for our 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land.

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Friends of Beltzville: Keep PA Beautiful Roadside Clean-Up

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Legislative Tour – Yellow Creek State Park

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🍄 Why was the mushroom invited to so many parties?
Because he was a fungi! 😎

🍄 What do you get if a frog eats a mushroom?
A toadstool. 😜

🍄 What's a vampire's favorite soup?
Scream of mushroom! 😂

Yes, we've got jokes...and mushrooms! Click the link in our bio to learn about the #HenoftheWoods in this photo and more on fall fungi foraging. Happy #NationalMushroomDay! 🍄🍄🍄

Photo and article by Cara Barkley Coulter, Vice President of the #WesternPennsylvaniaMushroomClub.
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We now have @newtrailbrewing stickers to add to your PA Park and Forest Passport!

Have you tried the two recent brews in the #StateParkSeries that support park projects at World’s End and Keystone State Park, the W.E.S.P. and K.S.P. IPAs? 🍻

If so, send us a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will mail your stickers to you!

Stay tuned… a new release is coming soon! 🍒

#beerthatbenefits #craftbrew #paparksandforests #beer #beerofinstagram #beerstagram #beertravel #beertour #ipa
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PA state employees, there is still time to choose the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation for your SECA giving! October 22nd is the deadline. ...

Stress reduction has been found to be the #1 benefit of spending time outdoors. What is your favorite state park or forest to visit to relax and recharge?

📸 Carolyn Anderson taken at #KeystoneStatePark

#WorldMentalHealthDay #stressreduction #GetOutdoors #GetHealthyGetOutdoors #selfcare
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Packed and ready for the weekend? What PA park or forest will you be exploring?

📸 Dale Yohe taken at #OhiopyleStatePark

#outdoordog #getoutdoors #explorePA #paparksandforests #dogsofinstagram #hikingdogs #campingdogs #hikingdogsofinstagram
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What is your favorite Pennsylvania park or forest to visit during autumn?

📸C. Kaczmarek taken at #OhiopyleStatePark

#PaFall #getoutdoors #naturephotography #landscapephotography #Pennsylvania #autumn #fallcolors #paparksandforests #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #nature #pawaterfalls
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This Sunday, Oct 3, marks the 5th annual #WalkInPennsWoods!
A wide variety of walks are being offered around the state. #GetOutdoors and learn more about Pennsylvania’s forests and gain easy access to expert forestry, wildlife, and natural resource professionals.

Click the link in our bio to find a walk near you!

📸 Anne Pinsoneault taken at LymanRunStatePark
#PaForests #PennsWoods #hike #happyhiker #forestry #autumn #sustainableforestry #fallhike #fallcolors #PaFall #walkinthewoods
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Bring the whole family and join us for #WalkWithADoc this Thursday, Sept 30, at #BaldEagleStatePark! Pediatrician Dr. Colby Wesner will lead us on a 1.5 mile kid-friendly walk on Butterfly Trail. ...

Last call! Tomorrow is the deadline for PPFF's 2021 photo contest.
Click the link in our bio for contest details.

📸 Vickie Duncan taken at #MoraineStatePark
#photocontest #paparksandforests #PaPhotographers
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This Sunday, October 3rd, marks the 5th annual Walk In Penn's Woods! Click the link in our bio to find a walk near you.

#getoutdoors #paparksandforests #PennsWoods #PaTrails #happyhiker #AWalkInPennsWoods #outdooradventure #GetOutdoorsPA #visitPA
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A big thank you to @crawriter for taking over the PPFF account today in celebration of #NationalPublicLandsDay! 👏🏼

We are feeling so inspired! How about you?! Which of PA’s 121 state parks will you visit first?

To stay up to date on PA park and forest news, learn about volunteer opportunities and events, and read upcoming blog posts from Christian and fellow PPFF guest bloggers, click the link in our bio and sign-up to receive our weekly e-blast!

#paparksandforests #getoutdoors #patrailsmonth #outdooradventures
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Pennsylvania State Parks offer endless opportunities to explore and have adventures. If you’ve never been to a state park, I implore you to go. You will develop a new appreciation of this big, beautiful #commonwealth.

I plan to spend the rest of my life seeing just how much these parks have to offer. I hope to see you out there.

@CRAwriter @DCNR #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #appreciation #naturalworld #nature #naturalbeauty #scenicviews #paparksandforests #runnersmotivation #getoutdoors #happyhiker #happyrunner #trailrunner #getoutdoors #outdooradventure
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There are forests and meadows, beaches and lakes, rivers and creeks. Some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets can be seen in #PennsylvaniaStateParks.

@CRAwriter @DCNR #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #appreciation #naturalworld #nature #naturalbeauty #scenicviews #paparksandforests #runnersmotivation #getoutdoors #happyhiker #happyrunner #trailrunner #getoutdoors #outdooradventure
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The #COVID-19 pandemic brought record numbers of visitors to Pennsylvania State Parks, many of which for their first time. It opened the eyes of many of us to the splendor and wonder of what we have right here in our own backyard.

Visiting every state park created a fundamental shift in how I think about traveling. No longer do I think that I have to leave the country to go on vacation. No longer do I think 10-hour flights were necessary to get away. Pennsylvania has something for everyone.

@CRAwriter @DCNR #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #appreciation #naturalworld #nature #naturalbeauty #scenicviews #paparksandforests #runnersmotivation #getoutdoors #happyhiker #happyrunner #trailrunner #getoutdoors #outdooradventure
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If you’re missing your city runs and want to stay off trails for a little while, no problem. The #PointStatePark in #Pittsburgh is a great option. Located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle,” The Point is at the confluence of three rivers. It offers beautiful views without ever leaving the city.

@CRAwriter #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #paparksandforests #cityrunner #GoldenTriangle #scenicviews
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I was fortunate to stumble onto beautiful views while I was running my miles. The most spectacular, in my opinion, was at #HynerViewStatePark. While light on easy running trails, Hyner View offers stunning views of the valley below. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a paraglider taking off from the top.

@CRAwriter #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #paparksandforests #paragliding #paraglider #hanggliding #views #scenicviews
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You ever want to run along boulders next to a waterfall?!
Well strap on your shoes and head out to Ohiopyle State Park. The Ferncliff Trail offers spectacular views for those that dare to brave the slippery, rocky path. Be careful!

@CRAwriter @friendsofOhiopyle #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #paparksandforests #waterfall #views #outdooradventure
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On paper, there’s not much to McCalls Dam State Park. A rustic restroom and picnic benches in the middle of nowhere. But the moment you hit the trail, you’re in for something special. The entire forest floor is covered in big, luscious ferns as far as the eye can see. Incredible beauty that mostly goes ignored.

@CRAwriter #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #paparksandforests #ferns #PaFerns #florafauna #naturalworld #nature
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Speaking of animal encounters, be sure you are always paying attention to your surroundings. Take your headphones out and watch where you’re stepping. I spotted a sign warning of timber rattlesnakes before heading out on a trail in Big Pocono State Park. You better believe I was watching where I was stepping in between soaking in the stunning views!

@CRAwriter #NationalPublicLandsDay #PaTrailsMonth #paparksandforests #rattlesnakes #animalencounters #KnowBeforeYouGo
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