Here at 4WAAM we have a very busy schedule this year. We will be talking about a bunch of events but one that happens in August is high on our list. That’s because it combines 2 wheels with 4 wheels at the same event.
Happening this year from August 13-16th in beautiful central Pennsylvania near State College. That’s the home of the Nittany Lions for those that don’t know. It’s also near and dear to this writers heart as it’s not far from where I grew up in NW PA.
Here are some of the things to do in the area from the Mid Atlantic Overland site:
Fishing: An on-site stream provides a great fishing spot for you anglers.
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA July 10-13th:
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 100,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State each July to celebrate the arts! Come shop at our nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, and take in performers of international, national, and regional stature on outdoor and indoor stage. You won’t want to miss our giant sand sculpture, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, or BookFestPA. We have a full day of children’s activities, a gallery exhibition, and more! More info here.
Greenwood Furnace State Park
Greenwood Furnace State Park provides a look into the historic industrial past of north Huntingdon county as well as recreational opportunities. A walking tour passes through the remains of Greenwood Furnace, providing park visitors with a lesson about the history of the town that once surrounded the ironworks and includes a blacksmith shop that holds demonstrations during the weekends. Greenwood Lake provides a great place to cool off and fish in the summer months. A series of short hiking trails run throughout the park and also link to much longer backpacking trails; connecting to the Appalachian Trail.
Local Hiking: Greenwood Furnace State Park is also a trail head for two much longer backpacking trails that pass through the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Mid State Trail is a 522.6-kilometer (324.7 mi) trail that runs from the Maryland state line to the New York state line near Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania and connects to the park via the Greenwood Spur. The Standing Stone Trail is a 72-mile (116 km) backpacking trail that connects the park to the Tuscarora Trail, which in turn connects with the Appalachian Trail.
Whipple Lake is open to fishing, ice fishing, boating, and swimming. The lake is stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission with trout. Gas powered boats are prohibited on Whipple Lake. Electric powered boats and non powered boats must have current registration with any state. The sand beach open Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. The lake provides a habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl as well as Great Blue Heron & Osprey.
Bald Eagle State Forest
Bald Eagle State Forest includes over 200,000 acres and hundreds of miles of stunningly beautiful backroads and trails that lead to streams, scenic vistas and 70 remote campsites calling your name. Explore miles and miles of hiking trails, dual sport motorcycle trails, mountain bike trails, and equestrian trails. There are four wheel drive trails, dual sport motorcycle trails and trails for non-street legal motorcycles and ATVs. Bald Eagle State Forest is also home to the famous Penns Creek and White Deer Creek fly fishing creeks. You’re gonna need more time.
Rothrock State Forest
Rothrock State Forest has an extremely well developed trail system that makes it perfect for exploring by foot or bike. The Mid State Trail traverses ridgetops and valleys for long, quiet walks in the woods. Several of the most popular and sought out mountain bike trails on the east coast run along various ridges and in and out of gaps, all linked together by a network of dirt and gravel roads. That is one of many reasons world-class races are held here, and people can enjoy riding or running the racecourse routes year round.
Travel information for Pennsylvania, The Alleghenies Region
From this list alone you can see why we are so excited to participate.