Experience the Trails of Pennsylvania

Starting A Fire On The Trail

Here are a couple tips on starting a fire when you are hiking.

  • If it has recently rained or is raining, look for dead limbs and wood still attached to a tree. It will be much drier than dead wood laying on the ground.
  • Look for a fallen birch tree or a dead birch tree where the bark is falling off. Birch bark is great for starting a fire even if it’s somewhat damp.
  • Take along some cotton balls lubed up with petroleum jelly. Keep them in a ziplock baggy and use one to start your next fire.

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