Outdoors

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Happy Valley Agventures

Happy Valley is a place where fresh picked takes on a whole new meaning and the produce section is simply called, nature. Come explore all the Agriculture Adventures waiting to be discovered.

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GRIT Gravel Grinder brings mixed surface biking to Rothrock State Park in 2021

On the edge of State College, Rothrock State Forest offers over 200,000 acres of forested ridges and rhododendron-lined streams, as well as over a hundred miles of trails. This swath of public land has long been a favorite haunt for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, but in recent years, a new user group has been flocking to the forest to enjoy its 200-plus miles of gravel roads and snowmobile trails.

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PAWsitive News for Pets

The perfect places in Happy Valley that are welcome to dogs...and people. Hotels, restaurants, attractions and more, open to you and your furry best friend.

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A Foodie’s Outdoor Seating Guide for Restaurants in Centre County

There are lots of reasons to love Happy Valley, but let’s be honest: the long winters is often not at the top of the list. But that just makes sunny days and mild breezes feel extra special, and there are lots of outdoor dining options to enjoy when the weather cooperates.

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The 5 Best Trail and Ale Pairings Near State College

Nestled in what is practically the geographic center of Pennsylvania, you’ll find a region that abounds in outdoor recreation, education and employment opportunities as well as the arts, entertainment and some of the country’s best local eats and drinks.

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The 8 Best Hikes Near State College, PA

Situated in Central Pennsylvania between the big cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, State College is a charming college town that’s a world unto itself. It’s nestled against the Appalachian Mountains in an area known as Happy Valley, and is home to Penn State University, more than 42,000 students, and outdoor adventures galore.

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Locals Weigh in on Their Favorite Outdoor Things to Do Near State College

State College, Pennsylvania, may be best known as a college town, but that’s not the only reason that people decide to spend time there. Located in central Pennsylvania and surrounded by protected forest, State College is filled with outdoor experiences to enjoy that have nothing to do with a football field. Locals have long known what more and more people are discovering—that State College is a great place to spend time outside. Here are some of their favorite spots to explore.

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