7 Amazing Wild Mushrooms in PA

Pennsylvania is home to a wide variety of wild mushrooms harvestable throughout the year. Here are my 8 favorite mushrooms to forage for.
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Boletus Edulis - King Bolet

Boletus edulis. Called “king bolete,” these have a thick stalk and a nut-like cap. They are found near the roots of trees.


Laetiporus sulphureus. Called “chicken of the woods,” this fungus grows as a parasite on dead wood. The creamy yellow/orange mushroom forms a cascading series of shelves resembling a lava flow, and yes, it tastes like chicken.


shaggy mane

Coprinus comatus. Known as “shaggy mane,” these are abundant in the fall. They have a large cap that looks somewhat like an artillery shell. These should be eaten shortly after picking or the cap will deteriorate into a gooey mass. This mushroom is found in grassy fields.


Giant Puffball

Langermannia gigantea. Known to kids far and wide as a “giant puffball,” this fungus must be eaten fresh, when its flesh is white. They are found in fields.


horn of plenty mushroom

Craterellus cornucopiodes. The “horn of plenty” is black and looks rather unappetizing, but its trumpet-like shape is recognizable, and the mushroom is quite tasty.


Oyster Mushrooms in the Spring

Pleurotus ostreatus. Called “oyster mushrooms,” these fungi look fragile and flare from the stem. They have a slightly meaty taste.

Oyster Mushrooms in the Spring

Cantharellus. Chanterelle Mushrooms are beautiful orange mushrooms with a white inside. These are a choice mushroom.

Morel Mushroom

Morechella esculenta. The morel, which resembles a pine cone or Christmas tree-shaped sponge on a stalk, is commonly found in the spring in wooded areas.


  1. Carol Vaughn

    Can I legally get these in Pa?

    • Robb

      You sure can. You can find them by foraging, and you can find some of them in country markets.

      • Josh

        Yes, mushrooms are allowed to be picked from any public land but, plants are much more tightly regulated.

  2. Joseph J Padinske

    Pennsylvania here. I found a VERY BRIGHT Orange mushroom growing on dead ( non pine) logs. I harvested chicken shrooms and then spotted the orange ones. I can’t find any pics of them. Closest is a Poisonous Jack o L lantern but i can’t be sure. ANY help would be appreciated on identifying this beauty. It’s roughly 2.5 to 3 inch across .

    • Robb

      It’s hard to say without a picture. If its bright orange Jacks would be a good guess.

  3. S Butler

    Retired and would like pictures of edible mushrooms in Somerset co pa. Familiar with edible plants but have only eaten chicken of the woods

    • Robb

      I live down in Ligonier. 🙂
      You can find all these mushrooms growing in Somerset!


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