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Hyner View State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Hyner View State Park
Description - Pennsylvania's most prominent natural feature is the Appalachian Mountain Range that rises in the center of the state. Several major rivers flow through the state including the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, in the east; the Susquehanna, centrally located; and the Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers in the west. The major cities of Pennsylvania, including the capitol city of Harrisburg, lie along these waterways.

The southeastern corner of Pennsylvania supports much of the population and some of the oldest communities in the state. The largest city within this region is Philadelphia. This city harbors Independence National Park and a plethora of historical and cultural institutions. Also rich in history are West Chester, Lancaster, Doylestown and Hershey.

Coal mining and tourism characterize the northeastern region of the state. The largest community in the region is Scranton, which developed around the mining industry. Over the past century, the gentle Pocono Mountains have become a haven for skiers and honeymooners from New York and New Jersey. Outdoor opportunities abound at nearby Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Hickory Run State Park and Tobyhanna State Park.

West of Scranton the state remains mountainous, but significantly less populated. This region is the place to experience the slow pace of Pennsylvania. Thousands of visitors descent on this region each fall to view the brilliant display of fall colors.

The northwestern corner of the state contains the Allegheny National Forest the largest natural area in the state. North of the forest on the New York border is Allegheny Reservoir a haven for anglers and boaters. Erie is the largest community in this region and it lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The lake provides access to a variety of water-oriented activities.

Southwestern Pennsylvania harbors the other large city within the state, Pittsburgh. This city is known for its significant role in the steel making industry of the early twentieth century. Outdoor recreation abounds in this region offering some of the East Coasts best whitewater boating with yearly competition drawing thousands to the campgrounds, hiking trails and even to the new Rails-to-Trails system that have resulted in 84 multi-use trails.

Attractions - Pennsylvania's most prominent natural feature is the Appalachian Mountain Range that rises in the center of the state. Several major rivers flow through the state including the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, in the east; the Susquehanna, centrally located; and the Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers in the west. The major cities of Pennsylvania lie along these waterways, because they were once heavily used for transportation.

Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and it lies in the south central region of the state. The Susquehanna River flows through the city and often causes havoc during flood stages. Outside of this small city are rolling hills and farming communities. Gettysburg National Military Park and several state parks lie within two hours of the capital.

The southeastern corner of Pennsylvania supports much of the population and some of the oldest communities in the state. The largest city within this region is Philadelphia. This city harbors Independence National Park and a plethora of historical and cultural institutions. Also rich in history are West Chester, Lancaster, Doylestown and Hershey. Each of these communities provides an interesting look into past and present Pennsylvania culture. Small state parks dot the landscape in this thickly settled region.

The northeastern region of the state is characterized by coal mining and tourism. The largest community in the region is Scranton, which developed around the mining industry. The landscape includes gentle mountains and rolling hills. The Pocono Mountains have been a haven for skiers and honeymooners from New York and New Jersey for decades. This region contains many green areas including: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Hickory Run State Park and Tobyhanna State Park.

West of Scranton the state remains mountainous, but significantly less populated. This region is the place to experience the slow pace of Pennsylvania. During the summer months the diverse deciduous forest displays a thousand shades of green. The fall colors are remarkable and draw many visitors to the area.

The northwestern corner of the state contains the Allegheny National Forest the largest natural area in the state. North of the forest on the New York border is Allegheny Reservoir a haven for anglers and boaters. Erie is the largest community in this region and it lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The lake provides access to a variety of water-oriented activities.

Southwestern Pennsylvania harbors the other large city within the state, Pittsburgh. This city is known for its significant role in the steel making industry of the early twentieth century. Today the city is a cultural center for the region supporting many museums and historical sites. Natural areas surround the city with state parks to the north, south, east and west.

Recreation - Recreation in this state is centered around state administered parks, forests and game lands. Small natural areas dot the landscape and provide facilities for hiking, camping, biking, fishing and picnicking. Within the last few years, a major initiative to turn abandoned railways into trails have resulted in 84 multi-use trails.

Climate - Pennsylvania has four distinct seasons and recreationists can find good in each one. Summer is usually hot and humid often extending from late May into September. Expect temperatures in the southeastern part of the state to reach 90 degrees F frequently. Temperatures in the Northern and western areas of the state are slightly cooler. Summer lows usually don't dip below 60 degrees F.

Winter temperatures average between 25 degrees and 45 degrees F in southeastern Pennsylvania. The west and mountains receive colder temperatures that average between -10 degrees and 35 degrees F. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit the state as temperatures are mild with little humidity. Spring brings a variety of wildflowers and shrubs into bloom and fall color displays of deciduous trees draw many to the forests of the state.

Location - Pennsylvania lies in the northeastern United States. Philadelphia is located in eastern Pennsylvania and Pittsburg is located in the western part of the state.


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Filed By: Chris Lareau (Warren, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Rimrock Overlook on Route 59, 9 miles east of Warren, Pennsylvania is a great place to take the whole family. It offers the most spectacular views of the Allegheny National Forest and Allegheny Reservoir. The site has many amenities including plenty of parking, picnic tables, restrooms and an easy well-developed trail that anyone can stroll through. On Route 59 drive past the Kinzua Dam heading east. About a mile past the Kinzua Marina you will see a sign on the right for Rimrock Overlook. To take a virtual tour of Rimrock, see http://www.drlareau.com/nature_hike.html or visit the headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest in Warren, Pennsylvania at http://www.drlareau.com/nature_hike.html

Filed By: David R. Kline (Benton, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Susquehanna River bisects our state. One branch is known as the West Branch and flows East through Lock Haven and Williamsport, then South until it joins with the North Branch in Northumberland. The North Branch begins in New York state and flows South through Wilkes-Barre. The river then flows South and East to the Chesapeake Bay, draining an estimated 27,500 square miles of the state, an area larger than Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Delaware put together. The river is the longest non-navigable river in North America. Two wooden-stern paddleboat ferries still operate on a small portion of the Susquehanna River, the last of their kind in the country. Just as the cable cars are unique to American history in San Francisco, the ferryboats in Millersburg capture a forgotten part of American history and are a unique part of the transportation system of this country. We'll take you for a quick little one-mile ride on the ferry, hoping that one day soon your trip to Harrisburg will be leisurely enough to include a ride across the very scenic river on a flat-bottom boat carrying up to four vehicles and 50 passengers. The Millersburg Ferry crosses the river between Millersburg on state Route 147 and two miles south of Liverpool on U.S. routes 11/15. The ferries run from 9 AM until dusk, Saturdays and Sundays from May to October, as water conditions allow. The 1-mile crossing takes between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on river conditions, but it is possible that you will have to wait for a boat to come from the other side of the river so add a little extra time. There is about 190 years of history to the ferry, too. Daniel and John Miller came north along the Susquehanna River in 1790, so the story goes, and Daniel was so taken with the beauty of where the Wiconisco Creek joined with the Susquehanna that he purchased 979 acres at the mouth of the creek. The town of Millersburg now occupies part of this spot. Today, Millersburg is a community of about 3,600 people located between Harrisburg and Sunbury. Captain Don Lebo was piloting the boat the day that we visited. Ferry pilots like Lebo in Central Pennsylvania are a rare breed. He was trained by the U.S. Coast Guard for one year in order to get the job. Now the ferry association has federal approval to train ferry pilots in Millersburg. Ferry pilots undergo eight days of classroom instruction and will work several months as apprentices, learning the unique skills of maneuvering these boats through the water. • Ferry service is available from May through September. • Ferry runs weekends only, including holidays, until June and daily during the summer. • The ferry connects Millersburg with an adjacent landing in Perry County on Routes 11 and 15, approximately 2 miles south of Liverpool. The Landing Sites are included in the PA State Historic Marker Program (indicated by the familiar blue and gold signs). A one-way "walk on passenger" pays $2. for the ride. A automobile pays $6.00, which includes the driver's fee. A longer version of this river ride with pictures appears under FEATURES, on http://www.bentonnews.net .


More Information

Contact Information:
Pennsylvania Bureau of Travel Marketing, 453 Forum Building , Harrisburg, PA, 17120, Phone: 717-787-5453

Links:
America's Byways - Americ's National Scenic Byways Official Site
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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