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Allegheny Plateau A forest located within North-Central Pennsylvania's Allegheny Plateau © Nicholas A. Tonelli

Stories in Pennsylvania

Valentine to Nature

The Deep Woods of Pennsylvania

I've spent a lot of time wandering through the deep woods of north central Pennsylvania. They are special to me because of the amazing natural beauty they bestow upon those of us living and working in this part of the state.

Over the years, I have found myself fly fishing near the Owassee rapids. I go hunting in woodlands outside of Tioga and Wellsboro. During summer, I love to explore these woods in the quiet after a rain. What’s not to love about this beautiful terrain, with its endless mountains blanketed in a green carpet of trees?

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Allegheny Plateau A mossy log in a forest located within North-Central Pennsylvania's Allegheny Plateau © Nicholas A. Tonelli

Pennsylvania’s woods are so lush that it is hard to believe they were once all but destroyed during a time when forests were prioritized for logging and timber instead of for protection and recreation. I am glad that they have long since recovered, in part thanks to organizations like The Nature Conservancy.

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Hemlock Tree Trunk in Bald Eagle State Forest A hemlock trunk fully rooted in a layer of talus in Bald Eagle State Forest. © Nicholas A. Tonelli/Creative Commons

Most people don’t give a thought to Pennsylvania’s woods, that is, until they decide to get away and walk into them. That is when the beautiful scenery takes the place of any worries or stress. Instead, you find peace, rest and a sense of newness.

To me, north central Pennsylvania is home. It is hard to know whether work or life events might ever lead me away from this beautiful and majestic area. Somehow I think that, if that happened, I'd find my way back before long.