WINTER FUN

It’s A Wonderful Life in Indiana County, PA – even during the winter season!
Chose from a wide-variety of activities (both indoors and outdoors) to keep you busy and have fun during the snowy days that lie ahead!

 

Cross country skiers

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

Grab your skis and head outdoors for some fresh air while taking a cross-country skiing adventure.  Numerous trails and maps are available to help plan your route.
Blue Spruce Park   Pine Ridge Park   Blacklick Valley Natural Area    Ghost Town Trail    Hoodlebug Trail    Yellow Creek State Park

 

Blue Spruce Hand Bird Feed 1

Bird Watching & Feeding

Use a comprehensive Blue Spruce Park Bird List compiled by Margaret Higbee using data collected by the Todd Bird Club in conjunction with the Special Areas Project sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology to identify area birds!
Blue Spruce Park

 

 

Ice Fishing at Yellow Creek State Park

Ice Fishing

Always be sure to follow safety protocols and check ice depth before venturing onto the ice.  Fish at your own risk.
Blue Spruce Park  Hemlock Lake   Yellow Creek State Park

 

 

Snowmobile

Snowmobiling

Registered snowmobiles are allowed in one area (consisting of forests and open fields) that is about 350 acres in size.
Yellow Creek State Park

 

 

Waterfall

See an impressive 45 foot waterfall and scenic woodland.  Important Note:  The natural area and stairs receive no winter maintenance so use extreme caution when visiting.  Visit at your own risk.
Buttermilk Falls

 

Walk Works Event at Blue Spruce Park in February

Partake in a WalkWorks Event or Friends of the Parks Program

Looking for ideas for outdoor educational programs or fun and exciting pre-planned walks?  Friends of the Parks offers an extensive series of nature programs offered in the Indiana County Parks system and at Yellow Creek State Park.   WalkWorks offers a variety of events spread throughout the county.  Upcoming events include:

February 5, 2022  Hot Chocolate Walk – WalkWorks kickoff event at Blue Spruce Park: the 6th Annual Indiana County Decathlon followed by a guided winter walk, then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Plus, earn your first Decathlon stamp. Easy on paved area and/or moderate walk on trails.

March 26, 2022  Emerald Anniversary Walk – WalkWorks event at Pine Ridge Park: Ed Patterson, Director of Indiana County Parks & Trails, will lead a tour of Pine Lodge then walk along south branch of Tom’s Run and part of Tom’s Run Trail. The walk will highlight some perspectives of the county park system’s 55 years (Emerald Anniversary). Park amenities include trout stream, pavilions, lodge, pond, disc golf and hiking/skiing trails.

Friends of the Parks    WalkWorks

 

 

Ice Skating at SandT Bank Arena

Indoor Physical Activities

Looking for an opportunity to participate in some physical activities while not outside?
YMCA  Ice Skating at S&T Bank Arena

 

 

Indoor Art Experiences

From museums to hands-on art creation, a multitude of art-related experiences are waiting for you!
Paint Sessions at Founders Gallery & Gifts    IUP University Museum    The Artists Hand Gallery    Paint & Sip Sessions

 

 

Feet in front of fireplace

Plan a Staycation

From hotels that offer indoor swimming to cozy B&B’s and cabins that provide a quiet getaway – plan a night away!
Hotels & Motels    Cabins/Campgrounds/Cottages    Bed & Breakfasts

 

 

Clark House Tours

Learn More About Local History/Take a Tour

Visit a local historical society to learn more about the areas rich heritage.
Upcoming Event: Schedule a tour of the Clark House (first tour of 2022 is January 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.).
Local Towns & History Clark House Tour

 

 

Books

Visit a Local Library

How long has it been since you’ve visited a local library?  Need to renew a library card?  Now’s the perfect time!
Indiana Free Library    Homer-Center Public Library
Blairsville Public Library    Burrell Township Library

 

 

Click on photos below for additional winter activities:

  Thomas Covered Bridge by Colleen Wakefield 2  Eliza Furnace in Snow

Bow Tunnel 2