The Keystone State, known for its rich history, the big city of Philadelphia, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is also home to a few beautiful jewels, perfect for a day of hammocking. When you’re not learning about the history of America through one of its first 13 colonies, having a blast and stuffing your face with the iconic chocolate at the Hershey Park, or cheering on some black and yellow, check out these must-see spots and hang your hammock among some beautiful nature.
1. Presque Isle Park
This 3,200 acre peninsula is Pennsylvania’s only beach shore. Overlooking Lake Erie, enjoy a day relaxing at the beach, exploring different trails, and of course hanging up your hammock in this beautiful park. If you’re a bird person, this is definitely the place to go, rated as one of the top bird watching places in the world, you could spot 300 different species of birds from the comfort of your hammock. If you’re looking for more activity, this park also offers boating, kayaking, biking, and fishing. Worried that it won’t be fun in the winter? This park sports activities all year long, with it’s ice fishing, ice skating and more fun winter activities offered during those cold parts of the year!
2. Pine Creek Gorge
Pennsylvania’s very own grand canyon, this over 1,000 feet deep gorge is a site you will not want to miss. Available for viewing from both the east side of the canyon at Leonard Harrison State Park or from the west side at Colton State Park, both of these parks offer a great view, hiking trails, and of course great places to hang your hammock! Leonard Harrison State Park also has a sweet waterfall you can hike down to see.
3. Rittenhouse Square
More of a city person? This 17th century town square is perfect for a day of observing Philadelphia’s most luxurious residents while relaxing on your hammock among the beautiful green trees and sculptures. Come relax and people watch after a day of shopping and eating some of the best Philadelphia food. Be sure to check out the Lion Crushing a Serpent statue and some other great pieces of art this square has to offer before hanging up your Egg Chair hammock- a perfect hammock for the city.
4. Ohiopyle State Park
Some of the best whitewater rafting in the states, zip lining, rock climbing, and trails, this park is perfect for you high energy adventurers! After a crazy day of activity, you’ll be ready for a nice nap in your hammock among the trees, overlooking the Youghiogheny River Gorge or find a quiet spot near the beautiful Cucumber Falls. For a truly spectacular view, be sure to hike up to the Baughman Rock Overlook for the best view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge.
5. Ricketts Glen State Park
If you love waterfalls this is the place for you! Here you’ll find the Glens Natural area, a series of gorgeous, natural waterfalls. Hike the fall trails, being sure to hit the biggest of the falls, 94-foot Ganoga Falls or go for a swim in Lake Jean. Set your hammock up on the Grand View Trail and relax to the sound of waterfalls and sites of mountain laurels, one of Pennsylvania’s prettiest flowers.
These five spots capture some of Pennsylvania’s best spots. From hiking to people watching to kayaking, you won’t be disappointed at any of these places and you’ll be glad you brought your hammock. Comment your favorites!