The Alleghenies is a six-county region that is spread across south-central Pennsylvania. This long and narrow region follows the Allegheny Mountains and is a fantastic spot for those that love sports, transportation history, and the outdoors. The northern reaches of the region are sometimes considered part of the Pennsylvania Wilds since they are the southernmost portion of the forests that cover much of the northern area of the state.
The most well-known destination in the region is State College, home of Penn State University. While the campus dominates the city, there are still plenty of great things to do in and around State College.
South of State College, visitors will find Altoona and Johnstown. While these cities might have been more prominent in the middle of the 20th century, there are many great things to do in this corner of the region. If you love transportation history, Altoona has a great tradition of railroading. Johnstown might be best known today for its devastating floods, but was once one of the largest steel-producing regions of the country.
To the south, Huntingdon County is known for being the home of Raystown Lake, the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania, while Bedford County is known for its state parks and covered bridges, and Fulton County is known for its rural charms.
Whether you like big cities, charming small towns, or the great outdoors, there’s something to enjoy in the Alleghenies.
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