Pennsylvania is full of natural beauty, from the bright blue natural springs to the stalactite-filled caverns and caves, it's truly no surprise why people often choose to move to this hilly, woodland state.
Of course, I don't need to convince you of this state's awesome characteristics because this list will speak for itself. So get ready to plan your next road trip because you will not want to miss seeing these 20 natural places in Pennsylvania you won't even believe exist.
Where: Elk Lick Township
Not only is Mt. Davis the highest point in Pennsylvania, standing at 3,213ft above sea level, it is home to perhaps one of the most beautiful natural springs in the state. Big Spring is a popular spot for swimmers and Instagrammers alike, featuring a white sandy bottom and clear blue water. Getting to the spring is another story, though. It's a bit of trek, so make sure you wear your best-hiking boots!
Where: 123 Cavern St, Manns Choice
While the regular cave formations are certainly exciting, the best part about the Coral Caverns is the towering coral reef fossil wall, containing fossil remains of coral and other sea creatures buried over 400 million years ago. As an added bonus, the cave is family owned — meaning a more personal and up close experience.
Ringing Rocks County Park
Where: Upper Black Eddy, PA
I hope you like rock concerts. This park features a completely natural oddity that attracts thousands of curious visitors every year. Like the name suggests certain rocks in the park make a bell-like ringing sound when struck with a hard object (usually a hammer). Scientists have studied the rocks for decades and still are uncertain what causes the ringing sound. Click here to listen to the sound made by the rocks.
Where: 960 Scranton Carbondale Hwy
If you're from PA you've undoubtedly seen some big Pennsylvanian potholes in your life, but surprisingly, you've never seen one this big. The Archbald Pothole formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago, and is 38ft deep. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward; the largest diameter is 42 feet by 24 feet and at the bottom, it is 17 feet by 14 feet. The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet, so could hold about 140,000 gallons. It would take 35 fire truck tankers to fill the pothole. I wonder how long it would take PennDOT to fill this one.
Where: 3 locations- New Paris, Lewisberry, and Wexford
With three locations to choose from, no matter where you're at in the state you can make it a point to check out one of these natural anomalies (or optical illusion). At each location, it is said that everything appears to be moving uphill against gravity, including cars, balls, and even water. Watch this video of someone trying out the Wexford location, or stop watching other people have all the fun and go try it out for yourself.
Where: 36 Sugar Ridge Ln, Malvern
If you believe human life and death to be a natural phenomenon then Duffy's Cut makes the list. Duffy's Cut is a mass grave site of fifty-seven Irish immigrant railroad workers who died in August 1832 of cholera (some may have been murdered for fear of spreading disease). They were carelessly buried anonymously in a ditch outside of Malvern, now known as Duffy's Cut. The site is now marked and recognized as a historic landmark in honor of those who lost their lives.
Coudersport Ice Mine
Where: 176 Ice Mine Rd, Coudersport
You're hot when it's cold, you're cold when it's hot; the Coudersport Ice Mine is the epiphany of this saying. The Coudersport Ice Mine is an ice cave that forms icicles in the spring and summer but not in the winter.
Cherry Spring State Park
Where: 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport
While you're visiting the Ice Mine, stay overnight in Coudersport, also known as "Dark Sky Country," so you can see the beautiful night sky at Cherry Spring State Park. This is one of the few places in Pennsylvania with low enough light pollution that the Milky Way becomes visible on clear-sky nights.
Where: 222 Penns Cave Rd, Spring Mills
This waterfilled cave is the perfect place for an explorative boat ride — in fact, it's the only cave toured entirely by boat in Pennsylvania. I must admit, it's cold in the cave even in the summer, so bring a light jacket, or buy one from the gift shop.
Where: 301 Peninsula Drive
Pennsylvania's very own beach paradise. Presque Isle State Park features sand, driftwood, seagulls, and of course a large body of blue-green water. Although not salty, this Great Lake will make anyone feel like they're at the coast.
Where: 2759, 401 Meadowcroft Rd, Avella
Another historical spot recognizing human life, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter is an archeological site in Avella containing the earliest known evidence of human life in America. Radiocarbon dating of the site indicated occupancy of ancient people beginning anywhere between 16,000 to 19,000 years ago. That's a pretty big deal.
Pine Creek Gorge
Where: Watson Township
Often hailed as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Gorge offers the best views of the Allegheny Plateau. Not to mention, the surrounding trails and creeks are an added bonus for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.
Where: 963 Crystal Cave Rd, Kutztown
One of the most popular natural attractions in Pennsylvania is Crystal Cave. The cave was named after it's abundance of shining calcium crystals but is also noted for the abundance of formations of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, calcium and aragonite crystals, and bacon — not the edible kind, sorry.
Where: 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill
This natural attraction features a 100-ft waterfall, often referred to as the "Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania." There are numerous other not-so-big but just as cool waterfalls around the area, so don't limit yourself to only checking out Bushkill.
Where: 12318 Hartstown Rd, Linesville
"Where ducks walk on fish." While the Linesville Spillway may be man-made, the natural occurrence of oversized carp schooling to the surface in such abundance it appears that the local waterfowl are walking on them makes for an interesting site to see.
Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks
Where: 7703 William Penn Hwy, Huntingdon
There are so many great caverns in Pennsylvania to explore, including the Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks. This location is full of winding passageways and rooms containing massive flowstones, thousands of delicate stalactites, pure white calcite and sparkling crystals.
Hickory Run Boulder Field
Where: 3613 State Route 534, White Haven
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. This 18-acre boulder field in the Poconos resembles what could be a giant's gravel driveway. While it's not 100 percent understood why the boulder field exists and how it got there, it is speculated that during the dethaw of the last ice age several thousand years ago water carried the rocks to this location. Regardless of the science behind it, the field is fun to explore and climb around out.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Where: 695 State Route 487, Benton
Comprised of 13,050 acres, it's not surprising that some of the most beautiful Pennsylvania scenery can be witnessed at Ricketts Glen State Park. From waterfalls to woodland trails and an abundance of wildlife, this state park will not leave a nature lover disappointed.
Additional tip: one of the best times to visit this state park is during the fall foliage season when all the leaves start to change colors.
Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area
Where: Huckleberry Rd, New Bloomfield
Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area is a 10-acre natural area which protects a colony of box huckleberry over 1,000 years old — perhaps one of the oldest organisms still alive today. And you thought trees lived for a long time! If you're interested in learning more about the ancient huckleberry bush, click here.
McConnells Mill State Park
Where: 1761 McConnells Mill Rd, Portersville
So now you've heard of rocks that ring and a field of boulders resembling a giant's gravel driveway, but you haven't yet heard about the gigantic boulders and rocks at McConnell's Mill State Park. This state park features layers of large rock formations that are often used for climbing and exploring. There are many small caves and caverns that have been unearthed through thousands of years of erosion and movement. I bet there are a lot of fossils lost in between those layers of rocks.
Sorry guys, the list had to end somewhere, and that somewhere is here. However, these are just the completely natural places to be wowed by in Pennsylvania, have you even begun to think about all the cool man-made places in the state? Well, don't think too hard, I will work on that one next so stay tuned.