The Pennsylvania Wilds occupy much of northern Pennsylvania, covering nearly 20% of the state’s land. Despite its large size, the area is home to less than 3% of the state’s population.
Thanks to its low population density and over a million acres of public lands, there are many great things to do in the Pennsylvania Wilds for outdoor lovers.
The region is bisected by PA Route 6, a cross-country road that travels more than 300 miles through northern Pennsylvania. Many of the region’s communities are located along this route, making it a great way to see the Pennsylvania Wilds. On the southern edge of the region, Interstate 80, another transcontinental roadway, also cuts through the area.
Every February 2nd, the eyes of the world turn to the Pennsylvania Wilds as Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction on Groundhog Day. The area was also home to the world’s first billion-dollar oil field, the world’s largest hamburger-eating challenges, and one of the largest elk herds on the east coast.
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