Summer 2010 Story Starters

1. Family Travel

The Alleghenies offers a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities for close-to-home family travel. The region is a short driving distance from major metros: Pittsburgh (2 hrs.), Harrisburg (2.5 hrs.), Washington DC/Baltimore (3.25 hrs.) and Philadelphia (4.75 hrs.). The Alleghenies features:

2. Cycling

Cyclists will find routes for all skill levels, including family-friendly rails-to-trails, as well as a technical single-track, all while enjoying the backdrop of the mountain scenery. There are over 30 on-road trails and more than 10 off-road routes.

3. Railroading History in The Alleghenies

Explore the rich railroading history of The Alleghenies. The region hosts former rail facilities that were of the most important repair and maintenance shops, locomotive construction facilities and test departments for over a century.

4. Hiking

Offering everything from leisurely hikes along streams to challenging mountain ascents, The Alleghenies feature a variety of trails catering to families, day hikers and backpackers. The Alleghenies offers more than 60 hikes in the region. Trails range in distance from ½ mile to more than 30 miles in length.

5. Paddling

On its waterways, The Alleghenies offers everything from sail and motor boating, to paddle powered boating. The region features the largest inland lake in Pennsylvania.

6. Birding

The Alleghenies is a birding and nature viewing hotspot. Its landscape supports an ideal setting for wildlife viewing with an array of waterways, mountainous terrain, and four-season climate. From common varieties to rare and endangered species, the region provides the perfect backdrop for birding enthusiasts. More than 1,000 species of wildlife in their natural habitat can be found throughout The Alleghenies. 278 species of birds call the region home.