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A World Apart in the Center of It All

There is a place…

-Where heritage and culture meet technology and innovation.
-Where high-speed internet is as common as horse and buggies.
-Where you can have breakfast at home and drive to a lunch meeting in Baltimore, NYC, DC, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh with time to spare.
-Where unpaved paths are as important as the robust multimodal transportation system.
-Where entrepreneurs can dream big and watch ideas take flight.
-Where world-class healthcare, renowned universities and breathtaking beauty are at home in close-knit communities that support a high quality of life.
-Where you can nurture your business, your family and your own well-being.
-Where neighbors welcome newcomers.
-Where the ideal becomes real.
-It’s a place that often feels a world apart but is truly in the center of it all.

It’s a place where you can work, live and grow.

It’s Central Pennsylvania.


Written by: Andrew Miller, Executive Director at Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau

Central Pennsylvania is proudly home to the Susquehanna River (sʌskwəˈhænə/; Siskëwahane) The longest river on the East Cost of the United States, includes the scenic tributary Juniata River that passes through several mountain ridges and water gaps.

Have the need for speed? Central Pennsylvania has several fun and exciting dragways, speedways, truck and tractor pulls and more! 

Central Pennsylvania offers thousands of acres of state parks for hiking and hunting with some of the most amazing vistas, beaches, waterfalls and lakes!

Central PA has hundreds of miles of walking and bike trails and events that draw crowds from all over the United States including Unpaved of the Susquehanna River Valley EASY ON THE EYES. ​HARD ON THE LEGS. with tours through rail trails, state forests and Amish countryside!   

Central Pennsylvania is proudly home to the AOAA, an extensive off-road trail system. Named one of the top 10 destinations in the country for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes. Hundreds of miles of diverse trails on 6,500 acres, combined with top-notch facilities, attract on average 1,200 riders a weekend from Jeeps to dirt bikes and everything in between.

Central PA offers incredible winery and brewery tasting trails including the River Rat Brew Tour, Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail, and Central PA Tasting Trail

Parks, Lakes, Trails & More!

  • 11 State Parks
  • Over 11,000 acres of State Park land
  • Over 50 miles of State Park hiking trails 
  • Over 5 miles of State Park biking trails
  • 4 lakes 
  • Over 400 campsites
  • Over 7,000 acres of hunting on State Park land

Source: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks 

Explore Central PA State Parks
This initiative for Central PA is made possible by:

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC)’s MADE in Central PA Next Generation Partnership
Chamber of Business & Industry for Centre County (CBICC)
DRIVE Serving Columbia and Montour Counties
Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC)
Northumberland County Planning Department
Greater Susquehanna Business Development Council (GSBDC) Snyder County
Union County Economic Development
SEDA-Cog Joint Rail Authority (JRA)