Lumber Heritage Region

Paddle historic rivers. Gaze upon distant galaxies in ink-black skies. Photograph abundant wildlife. Bike and hike hundreds of trails. Hunt and fish in a sportsmen’s paradise. Explore quaint rural towns. In the Lumber Heritage Region, roughly two million acres of public lands give both wildlife and humans room to roam. Here, you can leave civilization behind as you fall in love with our historic communities.

Today, visitors from around the world bask in this mosaic of culture and wildness. Unsurpassed beauty, natural treasures, rich history, and outdoor adventure – you’ll find it all here in the Lumber Heritage Region.

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(Photo: Mason Hill Overlook, Cameron County)

Things to See and Do

  • Smethport Mansion Walking Tour

    Smethport Mansion District Smethport PA 16749

    Tucked away in the Pennsylvania Wilds, where the Nunundah Valley and Marvin Creek Valley converge, Smethport offers a glimpse of its opulent past to visitors with the release of a self-guided walking tour brochure of its Mansion District.

  • Historic Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park

    222 Penn's Cave Road Centre Hall, PA 16828

    Glide through our all water limestone cavern on the tour, given entirely by boat. Take a ride on the wild side through the farm, nature, and wildlife park tour. Browse in our large gift shop, located in the visitors center, for gems, rock specimens, plush apparel, books, and more…

  • World of Little League Museum

    Peter J. McGovern Museum 525 Montgomery Pike (U.S. 15) South Williamsport, PA 17702

    The Little League story unfolds in a selfguided experience that follows the concept of a six inning Little League game. The exhibits feature a rich mixture of authentic Little League heritage, artifacts and images, cuttingedge interactives and immersive media. All of this brings home the overall mission of Little League Baseball and Softball, which is to provide these sports to as many worldwide communities as possible. The museum experience begins and ends with the Official Little League Store. Visitors wishing to experience the museum, as well as those who simply want to shop for the perfect gift or souvenir, are welcomed throughout the year. To contact the museum, please call (570) 326-3607.

  • Bilger’s Rocks

    1928 Bilgers Rocks Rd Grampian PA 16838

    Bilger’s rocks is a geological wonder, Surrounded by an enchanting forest of  flora and fauna. It is open to the public on a year around basis and maintained by a non-profit group of volunteers. It is a unique and permanent attraction that affords a quality and inexpensive adventure in the great outdoors. If you and others are about natural discovery and mystery, self-designed to meet your exploration cares and needs across a variety of disciplines, geology, deep-time, earth science, history, wildlife, nature walks, environmental inquiry research, and a mosaic of recreation choices, then this might meet your, family, or group needs for the unusual.

  • PA Wilds Artisan Trail

    Potters, quilters, knitters, woodworkers, glassmakers, jewelers—they’re all here, and they’re all passionate about their work. Some maintain their own galleries and studio spaces, some share space with other likeminded craftspeople, and others display and sell their wares in commercial and community venues.

  • Hyner View State Park

    86 Hyner Park Rd, Hyner, PA 17738

    Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and is a favorite spot for hang gliding. This is one of the nicest scenic vistas in Pennsylvania state parks. You can see for miles upstream and downstream over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains.

  • Marion Brooks Natural Area

    Quehanna HWY, Elk County

    The Marion Brooks Natural Area is a 917 acre natural area in the Moshannon State Forest, Elk County. It is known for its large stand of white birch. Great place of photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.  

  • Lou and Helen Adams CCC Museum

    Parker Dam State Park 28 Fairview Rd Penfield PA 15849

    The Lou and Helen Adams Civilian Conservation Corps Museum near the breast of the dam educates visitors about the life and times of the corps members. It is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the summer season when volunteers are available or upon request. To contact the museum call (814) 765-0630.

  • Cherry Springs State Park Night Sky Park

    4639 Cherry Springs Rd Coudersport PA 16915

    Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park for its dark skies which are famous for great views of the Milky Way, planets, and hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees originally found in the area, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking. The park can be reached at (814) 435-1037.

  • Elk County Council on the Arts

    237 Main Street Ridgway PA 15853

    Premier art gallery promoting the artistic talents of the regions artisans.                     

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

    5660 US Route 6 West PO Box 239 Galeton PA 16922

     Walk into a re-created lumber camp and discover the life of 19th century loggers. The Museum preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth’s prosperous lumber ere when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation. Northern Gateway to the LHR

  • Appalachian Arts Studio

    17245 Boot Jack Hill Ridgway PA 15853

    Through workshops and hands on experience we provide a journey through the creative process. It is our sincere desire at the Appalachian Arts Studio to nurture the individual creative soul through artistic expression. Chainsaw Carving, Pottery, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Primitive Arts, Traditional Woodworking and Environmental Programs are taught and encouraged at the Studio

  • Elk Country Visitor Center

    134 Homestead Drive Benezette PA 15821

    First and foremost, the Elk Country Visitor Center is the premier location in the Northeastern United States for seeing and experiencing elk in a natural setting.  The Visitor Center was designed to provide live, year round opportunities to see and hear these amazing animals … from trails, viewing areas and from our indoor Great Room.

  • Jefferson County History Center

    172 Main Street Brookville PA 15825

    The Jefferson County History Center opened on March 27th, 2004, the bicentennial of the county, and houses twelve exhibit areas, a research room and library, and History Center Shop where materials and consignment products related to the county, to the Lumber Heritage Region, and to western PA are available. Operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society, Inc., the JCHS promotes research, public programs, changing exhibits, and publications. Southen Gateway to the LHR – This description needs work!

  • ANF (Allegheny National Forest)

    80 East Corydon Street ANF Visitors Bureau Bradford PA 16701

    The Allegheny National Forest offers more than 513,000 acres of outdoor fun. Nearby Kinzua Bridge State Park in Pennsylvania and the Allegany State Park in New York provide additional trail and recreation opportunities. There is an endless variety of trails leading to just the adventure you need: ATV, Biking, Hiking, Horse, Heritage, Shopping, Water and Snowmobile Trails

  • Kinzua Riverside Watchable Wildlife Trail & Viewing Platform

    Route 59. Kinzua Overlook Warren PA 16365

    Developed by partnership agreement between US Army Corps of Engineers, Allegheny Outdoor Club, and Penn Soil Resource development Council. This site includes a loop trail along Allegheny River, nature oriented interpretive panels, and wildlife viewing platform.

  • Kinzua Skywalk - Tracks Across the Sky

    1721 Lindholm Road Mount Jewett PA 16740

    The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,054 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, the engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a new pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge as well as peer down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway. Picnicking and trail opportunities are available. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor.

  • Susquehanna River Walk and Timber Trail

    Susquehanna River Trail Williamsport PA 17701

    The Susquehanna River Walk and Timber Trail is part of a larger trail network intended to link the Pine Creek

  • Muncy Heritage Park & Nature Trail

    40 North Main Street Muncy PA 17756

    The Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail is a multi-year plan to develop 11 acres of historical and environmentally significant property into a park and trail to be utilized by all Lycoming County, Pennsylvania residents, as well as tourists and visitors to the Susquehanna River Valley. Located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Muncy is a small town proud of its rural culture and historical heritage. This trail will allow Muncy to showcase the history and natural beauty of Penn Port, a commercial center and residential area that grew out of and around the bustling West Branch Canal industry of the 1800s.

  • Pine Creek Rail Trail

    Tioga County Visitors Bureau Lycoming & Tioga Counties PA 17771

    The Pine Creek Rail Trail is a rail trail in the Appalachian Mountains of north-central Pennsylvania. The trail begins just north of Wellsboro, runs south through the Pine Creek Gorge (also know as the Gran Canyon of Pa) and ends in Jersey Shore.  The Pine Creek Rail Trail is approximately 65 miles (105 km) from end to end, and it generally follows a north-south orientation. The trail is located wholly within Tioga and Lycoming Counties.

  • Hiawatha Paddle Tour

    2205 Hiawatha Blvd. Williamsport PA 17701

    The Hiawatha, built nearly a century after its namesake, is a paddlewheel excursion boat that cruises up and down the Susquehanna River. It is a tribute to hundreds of Lycoming County businesses and private citizens who supplied monies, labor and materials to create her.  The Hiawatha is available for cruises from the beginning of May through October. On public cruises, passengers will listen to a narration which explains the importance of the river during the Lumbering Era.

  • Thomas T. Taber Museum

    858 West 4th Street Williamsport PA 17701

    The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life. Exhibits include an American Indian gallery, a Fine and Decorative Arts gallery, 19th century period rooms, and the Shempp Model Train exhibit, featuring over 300 toy trains. Eastern Gateway to the LHR

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