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Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas are busy all year round, but this time of year the calendar is heating up just like the weather!

A map of Pennsylvania shows the locations of the Heritage Areas

Each one of the 12 Heritage Areas is waiting to welcome you with opportunities for adventure! Check our website, a gateway to each of the Heritage Area offerings, such as classes on metal casting, workshops on compass exploration, summer camps, picnics with barge mules, concerts, food festivals, hikes and paddles, and so much more!

Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area

Get out on the Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Canal Greenway now and see what the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area has been working on. (A 320-mile geocacher’s dream!)

PA Route Six Alliance

Hop in the car and hit Pennsylvania's Route 6, "one of America's most scenic drives" with 400-plus miles of history, art, small-town culture, and friendly people. Plan your journey at PA Route Six Alliance website.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

two mules are led along a path, pulling a red canal barge

Grab the guide or the app and hit the D&L Trail for 165 miles of history, shops, and natural resources in the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Now it’s even easier to explore the D&L Trail region by region, trailhead to trailhead, and mile by mile. Get the guide or the app and start your adventures today! Find answers to frequently asked questions and discover Trail Friendly Businesses. Includes points of interest along the way and provides itineraries for multi-day and day trips.

Endless Mountains Heritage Region

a smattering of brightly-colored kayaks set out on a river with trees in the distance

Whether you love to hike, paddle or cycle, the Endless Mountains Heritage Region has you covered! In July, there are two Heriitage Paddle adventures plus EMHR's Sullivan County Hikes & Bikes Series: The Ricketts Glen Challenge. This is a two-day hiking challenge through Ricketts Glen State Park on July 24-25 that provides an opportunity to experience this spectacular state park like few have before! Click here to learn more about all these events or to register.

You can also create your own adventure with the Endless Mountains Outdoor Recreation Guide to Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties!

Susquehanna National Heritage Area

a hand holds a sticker, the prize for completing at least five challenges on the Columbia bucket list. There's a bridge over a river in the background.

The Susquehanna National Heritage Area offers seasonal Bucket Lists to help you experience its charming river towns. Each Bucket List encourages you to enjoy great experiences like shopping and eating at local businesses, visiting heritage sites and learning about regional history, as well as appreciating the expanding connections to outdoor recreation opportunities.

This summer, run through the check list to discover vintage places and amazing small businesses in and around Columbia and get ready for Wrightsville this fall. Download your copy or visit the Susquehanna NHA’s Columbia Crossing River Trails Center (41 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA) for your Bucket List, trail maps and more.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley

Have a rail fan in the family? Trains and trolleys await in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.

National Road Heritage Corridor

Celebrate federal infrastructure and plan a trip along the nation’s first federally-funded highway, started in 1811! Get started on the National Road Heritage Corridor website.

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

the Pittsburgh skyline and one of its iconic bridges are viewed from a river boat

Tour season is open at Carrie Blast Furnaces and the metal arts crew is busy at work. Check out metal arts classes, along with other attractions in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Want a unique vantage point from Pittsburgh’s three rivers? Now through August, book your spot on the new Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour. Launching Friday, June 18 through August, Rivers of Steel offers 90-minute tours on the Explorer riverboat. Embrace the opportunity to take in the beauty of the skyline and riverbanks while gaining a new perspective on how the region’s past shaped the city of today. Click here for more information.

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

a collage of photos from past suppermarkets showo delicious pastries, tables set up with colorful umbrellas and people enjoying good food together

The Suppermarket has returned! Come to the Lincoln Highway Experience (3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe, Westmoreland County) every Wednesday night this summer. Enjoy breezy summer evenings on the lawn with great food from local chefs, BYOB, and live music! Admission Cost: $5/car. Click here for more information.

Lumber Heritage Region

three images highlight attractions in the Lumber region, including historic railroad engines, wayfinding signage and the lacy framework of an former railway trestle, collapsed in the snow

The Lumber Heritage Region creates experiences that open up the rich heritage of Pennsylvania’s forests. Journey along the Lumber Heritage Trail and enjoy everything from kayaking and hiking to museums and historical landmarks.

Stop at our Wayfinding signs, located at some of the most interesting attractions in each of our fifteen counties and take sensational selfies to share your LHR adventures with your friends and family.

Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area

Throughout the summer, the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area offers opportunities to get out on the water. Try a one-day Pedal & Paddle program, where all gear, certified guides and food are included. Start with a 4.5-mile bike ride along the Schuylkill River Trail using cruisers from the free Pottstown-based bike share program. After the bicycling portion, participants paddle back in a kayak to their starting location via the Schuylkill River. You’ll have a guided tour, participate in an educational program or take part in a water quality lesson within the heritage area. June 17 is the first date, with other dates throughout the summer. Learn more or register now.

Or sign up for the 23rd Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn – e a 5-day paddle from Reading to Philadelphia (July 31 – August 4). You can register for one day, multiple days or all five days. Learn more and register here. Scholarships available (Steward and Diversity); deadline to apply June 15.

Oil Region National Heritage Area

Get Outdoors
Northwest PA’s Oil Region National Heritage Area offers more than 65 miles of paved trail and a hundred more in rugged hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, and water trails. Fish and paddle the Allegheny River, Oil Creek and French Creek, and Justus Lake. Camp out at Two Mile Run County Park or Oil Creek State Park, home to the 33-mile Gerard Trail and acres of scenic wonder. Once the epicenter for the oil boom in the late 1880s, the park is now a pristine example of nature’s reclamation. Oilfield relics and interpretive panels serve as reminders of what this region went through as it earned its nickname of “the Valley that Changed the World.” Outdoor adventure seekers, casual day trippers and families with little ones can all learn a thing or two while experiencing the Oil Region. It’s why we like to say the ORNHA is a museum you can hike, bike, fish and float your way through!

Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad Excursion Train Rides Return
Go back 150 years to experience “the Valley that Changed the World” on a three-hour excursion train ride on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad. Trips depart and return to Perry Street Station, an 1890s vintage freight station and Oil Region Visitor Center in Titusville, PA. Click here to learn more. Railway fans can book a stay in the Caboose Motel, where every room is a refurbished train car, next to Perry Street Station.

A Bite of History Food Tours Launches in Franklin Local flavor takes on new meaning as Oil Region native Valerie Perry guides guests on a walking and tasting tour of historic Franklin, PA. Tours last three hours and operate seasonally on Fridays and Saturdays. Each tour includes food and beverage tastings at five to eight establishments and stops at seven historical points of interest, including tales of U.S. presidents and the country’s most infamous assassin. History has never been so delicious! Click here for more information.

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