Outdoor Adventures In Warren County
Morgan Christopher Spring 2023
The counties that lie along Pennsylvania’s northern border, connected by historic Route 6, feature beautiful scenery, parks, and lakes that make the destination a wonderland of natural beauty. Home to a wide variety of recreational sites, natural resources, and quaint small towns, each of the counties along the state’s northern border are destinations to slow down, unwind, and appreciate a more mindful way to enjoy life. As more temperate breezes begin to warm the northern tier, spring is the perfect time to discover the wonderful treasures of Warren County.
Outdoor recreation is a major draw to this part of the Pennsylvania Wilds for visitors looking to pursue pastimes like hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and leisurely activities like bird watching. Major recreational areas like the western side of the 550,000-acre Allegheny National Forest, as well as the beautiful waters of Kinzua Dam & Allegheny Reservoir, combined with state parks, game lands, and local parks, make Warren County a perfect place to shake off the winter blues. Outfitters across the region are standing by to assist visitors with getting the gear they need to have an incredible adventure exploring the trails, in the natural areas, and on the waterways of Warren County.
Incredible scenery is on display across the county. Still, those looking to take in some of the best will want to visit three overlooks that offer breathtaking views of Warren County’s spectacular topography. Be sure to bring a camera or sketchbook when you stop by Rimrock Overlook and ascend steps leading to the large natural stone formation offering a panoramic view of the Allegheny Reservoir. The Tidioute Overlook presents a bird’s-eye view of islands on the Allegheny River, the farmlands of the river valleys, and lush forests. A second viewing spot offers a great vantage point to view historic Tidioute. The third overlook visitors will want to explore is Jakes Rocks Overlook, which sits atop a cliff providing an incredible view of the Allegheny Reservoir.
Town of Historic Proportions
Discovering Warren’s history and experiencing the nostalgic charm of the small towns across the county make for great ways to enjoy a visit. The National Historic District in the city of Warren is rich with opulent homes and buildings that share the story of the region’s oil barons and entrepreneurs whose legacy is reflected in these structures. Visitors can discover the history of Warren, from its establishment in the late 18th century as a center to move lumber to a growing nation to the 19th-century discovery of oil that made it one of the richest sources of materials needed to fuel the country’s Industrial Revolution.
Visitors today will learn the story as they explore this rich heritage. Endowed as a library and cultural center, the Struthers Library Theatre on West Third Avenue is a 135-year-old performing arts center that remains one of the United States’ longest-running theaters offering cultural activities throughout the year. Other nearby stops sharing the rich heritage of Warren include the Warren County Courthouse, the Warren County Historical Society, and the busy downtown business district. A tip for two-wheel tourists: proximity to the Warren/North Warren Bike Trail makes exploring the town by bike an easy way to get around!
Planning an Eventful Visit
Spring events blossoming across the county are a primary reason for people to visit. Events celebrating Easter, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day are found on the Warren County Visitors Bureau website calendar. Concerts in March presented by the Warren Concert Association bring world-class performers to the area. In April, classical music fans will want to head to the First Presbyterian Church for the annual Concerts Around the Casavant, which has showcased beautiful music since the event began to celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary. The Scandia Chainsaw Carve, taking place May 12 through 14 at the Red Oak Campground, is a fun opportunity for visitors to experience the artistry and workmanship of craftspeople as they transform logs into beautiful wood sculptures during this weekend festival.
Stay for a While
Warren County’s hotels, vacation rentals, and campgrounds have inviting options to consider when planning your visit. From historic and rustic B&Bs like the Candlelight Inn and the Victoria On Main to the familiar brand hotels like Days Inn and vacation rentals and campgrounds – no matter what your lodging preference may be, there is a warm welcome waiting for you to enjoy.
It’s not too early to consider new locations to experience for your summer vacation or fall foliage escape later this year. When considering your 2023 getaways, remember that the highways, byways, and expansive forests of Warren County offer a panoramic wonderland of seasonal splendor to experience!
For more information on Warren County, visit wcvb.net.