Passport to the World

Pennsylvania is home to 120 State Parks, one of the most comprehensive park systems in the US. The forests of Pennsylvania were devastated by the steel, tannery and rail industries of the nineteenth century with their need for lumber. With thanks to Joseph Rothrock, Gifford Pinchot and Maurice Goddard, the state park system was developed and saved the forest and the state from further devastation. For more history of the parks click here; http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/thingstoknow/history/index.htm

Four of the parks are depicted above, Lackawanna (first two images), Ricketts Glen, World’s End and Hickory Run State Parks. All parks are free to enter and many offer camping, fishing, hiking and a host of other activities. If you enjoy nature, PA is a great place to visit.