The Great Outdoors

Get away from it all

Explore the great outdoors in Crawford County

Nowhere quite encapsulates the great vastness of nature like Crawford County, where the great outdoors brings something for everyone in the family. From fishing, angling, boating and kayaking in some of the most beautiful glacier lakes in the country, to hiking through acres of lush forest paths, experiences here are unique. Walk the streets that history was made on. Enjoy the eye-catching mix of historical architecture and modern art in downtown Meadville. Explore Conneaut Valley from the comfort of your vehicle with a guided tour custom tailored to season. Have your breath snatched away watching a stunning sunrise, or sunset on the vast Pymatuning Lake.

And the best thing? It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Visit Crawford County, where the great outdoors are made accessible.


Hiking and Biking

Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth.

Location: 2660 Williamsfield Road, Jamestown, PA, USAWebsite: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/PymatuningStatePark/Pages/default.aspxPhone: 724-932-3142

Avalanche Xpress Snow Tubing Park in Meadville is the most exciting place to “get air”; it’s the newest, longest and steepest snow tubing park in northwestern Pennsylvania!

Location: Whispering Pines Golf Course, Middle Road, Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: http://www.golfwhisperingpines.com/avalanchexpress/Phone: 814-333-2827

The page will feature product specials and promotion as well as selected posts featuring topics of interest for people who work or play outdoors.

Location: Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: https://www.gnuoutdoors.com/Phone: 814-336-8554

The French Creek Valley Conservancy is a non-profit land trust working in the French Creek Watershed of northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York

Location: Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: https://www.frenchcreekconservancy.org/Phone: 814-337-4321

Relax and Recharge


To promote Tourism and the Growth of the Community and Businesses within the Entire Pymatuning Lake Region

Location: Pymatuning Reservoir, United StatesWebsite: http://www.pymatuningareachamber.org/

The sunset on the lake is rated among the best in the world by National Geographic! There are also wooded, more secluded sites and rustic cabins which are only a short walk away from the beach.

Location: 352 Holliday Road, North Springfield, PA, USAWebsite: https://virginiasbeach.com/Phone: 814-922-3261

We provide live bait as well as terminal tackle for our local fishermen.

Location: 2629 U.S. 6, Linesville, PA, USAPhone: 814-818-0248

Your next great catch

Hunting and Fishing

Veteran angler and outdoor writer Darl Black takes you on guided fishing outings for Crappies and Smallmouth Bass on the inland waters of NW Pennsylvania

We established this association because we wanted to create a group in the Conneaut Lake area for people of all ages to get together and bond over shared interests.

Location: 11861 Sportsman Road, Conneaut Lake, PA, USAWebsite: http://www.conneautlakesportsmens.org/Phone: 814-382-4833

Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962, Woodcock Creek Lake is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District.

Location: 23050 Woodcock Lake Park, Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: www.woodcocklakepark.comPhone: 814-763-4422

For those of you who are new to KA, our chapter hosts sustainable, catch-photo-release tournaments throughout the area. We enjoy meeting people who want to give kayak fishing a try and give back to the community.

Location: 320 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA, USAWebsite: https://www.kayak-anglers.com/Phone: 412-355-8200

May 1

Golf, Camping & Marinas now open for business

You are now able to hit the greens, and other outdoor recreational activities! Gov. Wolf announced on April 27, that certain outdoor recreational businesses will open on Friday, May 1. Business on this list include golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately-owned campgrounds. State Park campgrounds will remain closed until May 14. These businesses will have to follow updated guidelines for life-sustaining businesses. We’ve compiled a short listing of businesses that are among those able to reopen on May 1. We would, however, still encourage you to call ahead before making any plans in order to confirm hours of operation.

Drive / Walk

Crawford County Scenic Tours

Our scenic tour page is designed to give you many choices, and all of the tours are great for group tours as well as the leisure traveler. These tours feature our gorgeous lakes, amusement parks, State Parks, historic homes, wineries, brew pubs and so much more.