Armstrong County is a little off the beaten path – which is right up your alley if you are an outdoor enthusiast.
The County has more than 57 miles of waterways available for recreational boating, with numerous public launches and full-service marinas dotting its winding shorelines. In addition to the Allegheny River, over 100 miles of fishable streams and three major lakes provide even more boating, fishing, and sight seeing opportunities. For those who prefer the feel of dry land under their feet, Armstrong County has over 100,000 acres of farm and public game lands, providing outdoor lovers access to hunting, cycling, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities. Several major hiking trails wind through the County, including the Armstrong Trail, Roaring Run Trail, and the Great Shamokin Path. Armstrong County is committed to cultural pursuits as well as the Great Outdoors. Throughout the County are a number of small, yet fascinating, museums and attractions ranging from Nellie Bly’s childhood home in Burrell Township, Armstrong County to the quaint Amish villages in and around Dayton, PA, located in the northern portion of Armstrong County. An open-air amphitheatre in downtown Kittanning allows patrons to enjoy musical groups, speakers, and other performances in a beautiful and unique setting. Various small community theater troupes regularly perform throughout Armstrong County.
For sports enthusiasts, Armstrong County boasts several scenic and challenging golf courses to test golfers of all skill levels. Golf courses that are located in Armstrong County include Kittanning Country Club, Lenape Golf Resort, Bostonia Country Club, Apollo Elks Country Club, Birdsfoot Golf Club, White Oak Golf Course, DeerTrak Golf Club, and The Links at Spring Church. If enjoying team sports is more your speed, Armstrong County has a rich tradition of high school sports, including some of the most spirited high school football rivalries in Western Pennsylvania.
Fans of professional sports will be interested to know that Armstrong County is a short drive from Pittsburgh’s three professional sports teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. The University of Pittsburgh also features NCAA Division I sports teams in virtually all sports including football, men’s & women’s basketball, etc.
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