Hiking in Central Pennsylvania and Around the State
Revisiting the Black Forest Trail After 8 Years
On Labor Day of 2005, Mark and I finished up our hike on the Black Forest Trail that we had started 2 years prior. I really enjoyed hiking the BFT but have never had the opportunity to get back on the trail. That changed this past weekend as I headed out to the Black Forest Trail after nearly 8 years to do my first overnight backpacking trip of the season.
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Pack Your Tent Properly
After spending a night on the trail, make sure to take your tent down and pack it properly.
- Remove any dirt or mud clinging to tent stakes.
- When removing the tent poles, start to collapse them from the center. Starting at the end puts a lot of tension on the shock cord on that end and can cause them to fail early.
- Stuff your tent into the sack. Folding the tent can cause seems to form that are prone to leaking.
- If you pack a wet tent, make sure to dry it as soon as possible. Mildew can grow on packed wet tents which leads to odors and can damage the water proofing on the tent material.
Hiking the Dog Town Trail
The Greenwood Furnace State Park is located within Rothrock State Forest. Located at this state park are the remnants of the "Age of Iron" with the iron smelting furnace and various other buildings needed to support such an endeavor. Also at the park is a small lake for fishing and swimming and of course a number of hiking trails. On this particular outing I guided a group of teenagers that were part of the Mifflin County Envirothon group, which happened to include my son. I was happy to take him and his friends on a hike into the woods to not only enjoy nature but give them the opportunity to brush up on their floral and fauna identification skills.
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Pennsylvania Hiking Week: May 25th to June 2nd
DCNR has teamed with the Keystone Trails Association (KTA) to offer over 70 organized hikes and walks available throughout Pennsylvania during the nine-day event which occurs from Saturday, May 25, 2013 through Sunday, June 2, 2013. All of the scheduled hikes have leaders. Most hikes are on the two weekends of the event, but several weekday and evening hikes also are offered. Special hikes include night hikes; wildflower walks; hikes for people with disabilities; pet walks; geology walks and much more. Most hikes will take place in state parks and state forests, with some hikes scheduled on the Appalachian Trail, in Allegheny National Forest, and in city and community parks. Even if you don't attend a sponsored hike you can still get out and Go Take A Hike on any of the hiking trails in PA.
Find a sponsored PA Hiking Week hike in your area
The New Laurel Run Trail
The Laurel Run Trail from Little Flat to Laurel Run Road use to follow a pole line. The trail was straight, steep in some places, and quite eroded. Last year a new, rerouted trail was put in to alleviate the erosion on the trail and to make it a more enjoyable to use. After what seemed like an eternal winter, we finally got some spring like weather and an opportunity to do a hike after work. For our first after work hike, Shari and I decided to head up to Little Flat and check out the New Laurel Run Trail.
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Available Soon: The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide - West Virginia
My friend, Michael Juskelis, avid hiker and owner of the website MidAtlanticHikes.com is coming out with his first book. Entitled "The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide: West Virginia", this book details 64 hikes in areas such as Dolly Sods, New River Gorge, Cooper's Rock and Seneca Rock just to name a few. Not available just yet, it should be arriving from the printers in early May. Keep your eyes open for its release and you'll be able to secure a copy of your own here at PAHikes.com.
Learn more about The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide - West Virginia
A Spring Walk in The Scotia Barrens
A sunny, early spring day had us heading out into the woods for the first hike of the year. We had hiked in the Scotia Barrens over 5 years ago and had wanted to come back to explore more but we never made it back. With a newly purchased Scotia Barrens map by Purplelizard in hand we decided to head back out to the gamelands and explore the trails around the site that use to be the iron ore mining town of Scotia.
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Allegheny Front Trail | Allegheny National Forest | Baker Trail | Bald Eagle State Forest
Black Forest Trail | Bushkill Falls | Chuck Keiper Trail | Donut Hole Trail
Eagleton Mine Camp Trail | Golden Eagle Trail | John P. Saylor Trail | Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Loyalsock Trail | Mid State Trail - Tioga Region | Mid State Trail - State College Region
Mid State Trail - Woolrich Region | Mid State Trail - Everett Region | Mount Nittany | Ohiopyle S.P.
Old Loggers Path | Pinchot Trail | Quehanna Trail | Ricketts Glen S.P.
Rothrock State Forest | Shingletown Gap | Sproul State Forest | Standing Stone Trail
Stone Valley Rec. Area | Yellow Creek S.P. | West Rim Trail
Outside of Pennsylvania:
Maine - Acadia National Park
South Carolina - Table Rock
West Virginia - Tygart Lake State Park
Scotland, UK - Highlands of Scotland
Trails @ PAHikes.com
- Allegheny Front Trail
- Allegheny National Forest
- Baker Trail
- Bald Eagle State Forest
- Black Forest Trail
- Bushkill Falls
- Chuck Keiper Trail
- Donut Hole Trail
- Eagleton Mine Camp Trail
- Golden Eagle Trail
- John P. Saylor Trail
- Laurel Highlands Trail
- Loyalsock Trail
- Mid State Trail
- Mount Nittany
- Ohiopyle State Park
- Old Loggers Path
- Pinchot Trail
- Quehanna Trail
- Ricketts Glen State Park
- Rothrock State Forest
- Scotia Barrens
- Shingletown Gap
- Sproul State Forest
- Standing Stone Trail
- Stone Valley Rec. Area
- West Rim Trail
- Yellow Creek State Park
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