Try These 3 Parks in Pine Grove

Pine Grove, PA is surrounded by beautiful scenery, which means it’s a wonderful place to visit parks. The expansive parks around Pine Grove offer lots of amenities for picnics, camping, and fun. They’re wonderful places to take kids for outdoor recreation, and great spots for adults to have adventures, too. Even in winter, you can hike in a snowy landscape or a enjoy cross-country skiing at these locations.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

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One of the most versatile and exciting park locations in Pine Grove is Pine Grove Furnace State Park. This park boasts almost 700 acres and offers a wide range of activities all year round. Swim in one of two mountain lakes, bike on two miles of trails, and recharge with a pavilion picnic. Hike the famous Appalachian trail or endure the rocky trek up to Pole Steeple Overlook for a panoramic view of the park. During winter, you can ice skate on Laurel Lake or explore the snowy forest with cross-country skis or by snowmobile. The park also has a historic area and campgrounds. Pine Grove Furnace State Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Picnic tables and pavilions are available year-round. Other areas may be seasonal. Find the main office at 1100 Pine Grove Road in Gardners, PA.  

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park

At 108 Clubhouse Road in Pine Grove, PA, you’ll find Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. This scenic park offers beautiful water and landscape views to all who visit. It’s a family friendly place, including a Family Fun Fishing event, boat rentals, disc golf, and more. Catch a glimspe of majestic trumpeter swans or bring the family on a hike of the park’s numerous trails, where you can look for specific native flora and identify birds like the bald eagle. Like most parks, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.

Swatara State Park

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Plan your visit to Swatara State Park before you get there, because this park is gigantic. Over 3,500 acres of land make up this beautiful tribute to nature. Most areas of the park are open sunrise to sunset all year long, though specific areas might have different hours. You can find out at the park office, at 1450 Suedberg Road in Pine Grove. Swatara State Park has enough activities to fill a week, and lots of adventure for people who can’t get enough of the outdoors. Twenty-four miles of hiking trails will have you exploring beautiful corners of the Swatara Valley. If you have a kayak or a canoe, Swatara Creek offers tranquil boating opportunities. More than 14 miles of regular bike trails, and 28 miles of mountain bike trails, are at your disposal as well. For a serene activity, head to Cook Forest where you’ll be in the midst of 300-year-old trees. Parks as versatile as these three locations provide you with lots to do when you visit, whether you want to stay for a tranquil afternoon or spend a weekend camping. Bring your kids, walk your dogs, or go on an adventure to see parts of Pennsylvania you’ve never experienced before.  

The Woods in Your Car Decor

Nothing screams luxury more than glossy wood trim in a car. It adds richness and opulence and plenty of extra dollars to the price tag. And although wood trim fell out of favor when vinyl and plastic became the material of choice, in recent years real wood in cars has made a comeback. But all wood does not come equal. The type of wood and thickness all influence a car’s price. Here are some of the most common woods used in cars.


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How Drifting Works

With a burgeoning race scene so powerful that it gets films named after it, drift racing is definitely an up-and-comer in the racing world. This exciting style pits high-performance machines against physics and skill in a breathtaking struggle for control. If you’d like to learn more about the drift style, read on.

What Is It?

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The 3 Best All-Wheel Drive Cars for Pine Grove

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Maybe you enjoy driving through the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania and you need a little something extra to keep you on the road. Maybe you make regular trips down to Reading or Allentown, and you’d rather avoid ending up in a highway ditch halfway to anywhere in the middle of a blizzard. Whatever the case, all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles can really come in handy for residents of Pine Grove. Thankfully, there are plenty of vehicles out there with great traction that won’t force you to break the bank to buy them.

Subaru Impreza

Whether it’s an SUV, sedan, or hatchback, Subaru is the go-to company for all-wheel drive. While other companies may offer AWD as an option on all their SUV models, the Subaru Impreza is an inexpensive compact that comes as a sedan or a five-door hatchback with AWD standard on all models. (more…)

The Woodie: Not Just Wagons

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On June 20th, 1991, the last woodie in regular production rolled off the assembly line. It was a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and like other woodies before, it had side panels made with laminate that resembled the actual wood panels common in midcentury American cars. The woodie took off in the late 1960s and finally fizzled out in the late 1980s. Take a walk down memory lane with some unexpected cars that received this iconic treatment throughout American history.

1973-1980 Chevrolet Blazer/GMC Jimmy

This small SUV was named “Jimmy” after the phonetic spelling of the brand “GM.” It originally came with a removable roof, making it a convertible whenever the mood might strike. (more…)

6 Reasons to Take a Day Trip to Harrisburg

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If you are lucky enough to live in Pine Grove, you have the luxury of being within driving distance of historic Harrisburg. The state capital of Pennsylvania has many things to offer history buffs and beer aficionados alike. With only 37 miles between you and a fun-filled day trip, what’s stopping you? Keep reading to learn about six of the city’s must-see attractions.

The State Capitol Building

You can’t take a day trip to Harrisburg without visiting the building that Theodore Roosevelt called “the handsomest building [he] ever saw.” The capitol building’s eye-catching centerpiece is a magnificent 272-foot, 52 million–pound dome made of green-glazed terra-cotta tile. (more…)

5 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage From Your SUV

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When you need to move big items, drive around some friends, or venture onto less than stellar roads, an SUV is a great choice. The biggest problem most people have with an SUV is their less than fantastic gas mileage. Although you’ll likely never get exceptional mileage, there are a few things you can do to help you save.

Get Rid of Extra Weight

Although SUVs are known for being able to lug all sorts of heavy items around, the extra weight makes your vehicle work harder to gain momentum. Carriers that attach to the top of a vehicle are even worse, for they also mess with its aerodynamics. Accordingly, if possible, it’s better to use a carrier that you can stick on the back of your vehicle instead. When your carrier isn’t in use, remove it so that it’s not weighing you down or holding you back. (more…)

4 Ways Car Owners in Pine Grove Can Get Ready for Fall

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October is Fall Car Care Month, and with the winter looming right around the corner, it’s important to get your car ready for the possibility of inclement weather. In Pine Grove, the weather can get downright nasty during this time, so it’s even more important to ensure the drivability and integrity of your vehicle. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for the fall.

Check Your Antifreeze Level

In the summer, some motorists prefer to keep their car cooled with water, but in the fall, this isn’t an option. When temperatures plummet, the water freezes and can potentially damage the internal components of the vehicle. (more…)

How to Keep Your Truck Looking New

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Truck owners are a proud lot. We love being seen as robust and sturdy. Naturally, we want our trucks to reinforce that image. That means protecting them from scratched paint, chipped windows, and other damage that can occur over time.

Bath Time

It goes without saying that your truck needs regular washing. And if you want the best for it, driving through an automated car wash isn’t enough. Trucks see more debris and spatters than the average car. They deserve a little personal attention in return. Invest in a sponge and soap formulated for vehicles. Once a week or after every “dirty drive,” give that truck the hand-and-hose treatment from roof to undercarriage. (more…)

Chill Out This Fall in Pine Grove

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Perhaps you’ve never heard of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, but you’d do yourself a disservice by not sauntering through the town at least once in your lifetime. This quaint town of just over 2,000 people is a secluded spot, just 45 minutes from Harrisburg, and a short drive from Philadelphia. This autumn, don’t forget about this hidden gem. Here are just a few things you can do that will delight the senses, relax the body, and make for an all-around good time.

Historic Walking Tour