Pennsylvania State Parks en Three State Parks You Need to Visit this Summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors this summer, you can’t go wrong visiting one of the Commonwealth’s many state parks. From Erie to Scranton and all points in between, our guide to some of Pennsylvania’s state parks is travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>State parks can be found in 61 of Pennsylvania's 66 counties. Cherry Springs, Ricketts Glen, and Pine Grove Furnace are among Labalme's favorites. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:41:34 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30443 at Three State Parks You Need to Visit this Summer Free Fishing Opportunity During Holiday <p>Families and friends enjoying the outdoors on Memorial Day now have the opportunity to add free fishing to their plans.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering a “fish-for-free” day on Monday during which individuals can fish in state waters without a license.</p><p>Typically, a one-day license would cost $11.70 for a PA resident and $26.70 for a visitor. However, on Memorial Day, residents and non-residents alike can enjoy the sport free of charge.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:07:17 +0000 Kaye Burnet 29475 at Wildfire Prevention Season in Pennsylvania <p>April showers bring May flowers, yet April is one of the worst months for wildfires in Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p><p>Mid-March through Mid-May is designated as fire prevention season in Pennsylvania. Terry Brady of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) said there were easily more than 100 wildfires in Pennsylvania .</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:02:22 +0000 Jess Lasky 27543 at 'First Day Hikes' Help Start Year on Healthy Foot While Highlighting State Resources <p>It’s a common New Year’s resolution – to get more exercise. In hopes of jump starting those efforts, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is sponsoring free, guided hikes in 19 state parks.</p><p>“This is actually part of a nation-wide effort to get people active outdoors,” said DCNR spokeswoman Chris Novak. “Here in Pennsylvania, it’s to remind people that our state parks and forests are open year-round, including winter, and can offer great activities including not only hiking, but ice fishing, sledding, all kinds of things in the winter.”</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:35:13 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21750 at State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors <p>While Washington remains at a standstill and many national parks have closed their gates, travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests an alternative trip to the many American state parks. She says autumn is the perfect season to see some beautiful nature only a short drive away!</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:55:22 +0000 Katherine Blackley 17952 at State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors Pennsylvania State Parks Part of 'Great Outdoors Month' <p>It’s “Great Outdoors Month” across the nation, and for the fifth year, just about every one of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks has planned something special to encourage people to explore outdoor recreation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:11:28 +0000 Charlee Song 11137 at