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Our State Parks

This region has some of the state's loveliest parks. Best of all, they are all free!

Robert Frost's words in his poem "Spring Pools" strike a resounding chord in the Johnstown region and beyond, where its beloved rolling hills and valleys finally emerge in shades of colors other than white after one of the most bitter, ice-laden winters in recent memory. And as the old adage goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. The greens of the mountains shine a little bit brighter, the wind blowing by feels refreshingly softer and the shining sun beams warmer than ever.

As Mother Nature finally awakens for a breath of fresh air, early spring is the perfect time to do the same. For residents of the western side of the state, where landscape scenery is in abundance, Pennsylvania State Parks serve not only as gems to be admired - they are destinations to be experienced.

"In the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, there's such an abundance of beautiful acreage in the state parks," says Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. From the mountainous terrain of Laurel Hill State Park to the trout stream of Kooser State Park, there are plenty of reasons to plan a visit to enjoy some of the region's most breathtaking flora and fauna. Johnstown Magazine offers this glimpse into some of the country's most idyllic state parks - all just a stone's throw away from home.

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