The latest atmospheric thriller from chills maestro M. Night Shyamalan is set in Covington, PA, circa 1890. The woods on the edge of town are littered with nonhuman footprints; Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard enter them, stirring up a raft of evil baddies.
Keep the chills alive in 160,000-acre Tioga State Forest, the woods that inspired the movie (most of it was shot on private land). Hike the 30-mile West Rim Trail and camp along the 1,000-foot-deep, mile-wide Pine Creek Gorge, which turns crimson and gold in autumn. Other options: Trek to a dozen eerie swamps or tackle Pine Creek’s 18 miles of rapids. The monsters aren’t real, but this suddenly scary state forest is still a prime place for you and your imagination to run wild.
Tioga State Forest
Pine Creek Outfitters
(570) 724 3003