The Kinzua Sky Walk, was named “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Scenic Skywalks” by Culture Trip, U.K. Located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, the skywalk is an engineering marvel offering breathtaking views of the Kinzua Gorge from the staggering height of 225 feet. Walk out onto the Skywalk, 624 feet into the Kinzua Gorge, for 360 degree forestland vistas, stand on the partial glass floor to test your resolve and experience what it feels like to “walk the tracks across the sky.”
Nearby, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is the state’s only national forest, offering endless opportunities for year-round outdoor fun across its 513,000 acres. You’ll quickly discover why this area of northwestern Pennsylvania is known as “Trail Central,” as it boasts more than 600 miles of multi-use trails—perfect for hiking, biking, and mountain biking—as well as 100 miles of ATV trails and more than 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
No matter what time of year you visit, hiking trails in the ANF region provide plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Spring, summer, and fall trails include a multitude of scenic options, from a 1-mile loop around the Marilla Reservoir with a wooden covered bridge to over 96 miles of the North Country Trail as it winds through the Allegheny National Forest. After a day on the trails, kick back and relax as you throw in a fishing line from the side of your kayak as you float in the Allegheny Reservoir, Willow Bay, or Marilla Reservoir. Then, spend the night under the Milky Way when you camp at one of the forest’s 15 campgrounds. Enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing during the winter.
Fall foliage in the Allegheny National Forest is unforgettable, as the hillsides and forest canopies blaze with brilliant orange, sparking gold, and rich crimson. In the upper elevations of the Alleghenies, prime “leaf peeping” is the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks in October. Take in the beauty of the fall foliage display in the ANF while cruising the Longhouse National Scenic Byway, named one of the top six fall foliage drives in the United States and the most scenic byway in Pennsylvania.
As wintertime descends, the forests of McKean County transform into a snowy wonderland, welcoming snow sports enthusiasts with outdoor winter activities, such as cross-country skiing in the Westline Cross-Country Ski Area, snowshoeing on the Morrison Hiking Trail, ice fishing at the Allegheny Reservoir, and snowmobiling the Allegheny Snowmobile Loop.
Whether visiting the Allegheny National Forest region to reconnect with nature, cruise the scenic byways for its breathtaking views, or to see the spectacular attractions the region’s unique heritage has to offer, this year-round destination is ideal for making memories.
View the online travel guide and map to learn more about exciting things to do in the Allegheny National Forest region.