Hiking Pennsylvania: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hikes

by John Young

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ISBN-13: 9781493006823
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Series: State Hiking Guides Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 429,572
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John L. Young is a former newspaper reporter and columnist. His outdoor and travel articles have appeared in Ohio Magazine, Pennsylvania Magazine, and Pursuits, a publication of the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. He has also authored historical, true-crime novels, a career guide, and the FalconGuides Hiking the Poconos and Best Hikes Near Philadelphia.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction x

Pennsylvania Weather xi

Flora and Fauna xi

Wilderness Restrictions/Regulations xiv

Getting around Pennsylvania xiv

How to Use This Book xvi

Trail Finder xviii

Map Legend xxi

The Hikes

Southeast Pennsylvania 1

1 John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge: Impoundment Loop 2

2 Wissahickon Gorge North Loop 7

3 Valley Forge National Historical Park 12

4 Skippack Creek Trail 16

5 Ridley Creek State Park 20

6 French Creek State Park 24

7 Susquchannock State Park 28

8 The Pinnacle 32

9 Swatara State Park 37

Honorable Mentions

A John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge: Lagoon Loop 42

B Wissahickon Gorge South Loop 42

C Delaware Canal State Park 42

D Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center 43

E Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area 43

Northeast Pennsylvania 44

10 Dingmans Falls 45

11 Mount Minsi 49

12 Hawk Falls 54

13 Hickory Run Boulder Field 58

14 Ricketts Glen State Park 62

15 Canyon Vista 67

16 Worlds End State Park 71

17 Haystacks 76

18 Mount Pisgah State Park 80

Honorable Mentions

F Lehigh Gorge State Park 84

G Promised Land State Park 84

H Big Pocono State Park 85

North Central Pennsylvania 86

19 R.B. Winter State Park 87

20 Loyalsock Trail 91

21 Gillespie Point 95

22 Bohen Run Falls and West Rim Trail 99

23 Pine Trail and Hemlock Mountain 104

24 Splash Dam Hollow 108

25 Wykoff Run Natural Area 113

26 Black Moshannon State Park 117

Honorable Mentions

I The Elk Trail 122

J Parker Dam State Park 122

South Central Pennsylvania 123

27 Gettysburg 124

28 Sunset Rocks 130

29 Pole Steeple 135

30 Flat Rock 140

31 Little Buffalo State Park 144

32 Trough Creek State Park 150

33 Canoe Creek State Park 155

34 Greenwood Furnace State Park 160

35 Indian Steps 166

36 Alan Seeger Natural Area to Greenwood Fire Tower 170

Honorable Mentions

K Caledonia State Park 175

L Blue Knob State Park 175

Southwest Pennsylvania 176

37 Conemaugh Gorge 177

38 Linn Run State Park 181

39 Wolf Rocks Trail 185

40 Bear Run Nature Reserve 190

41 Mount Davis Natural Area 194

42 Ferncliff Peninsula Natural Area 198

43 Youghiogheny River Trail to Jonathan Run Falls 203

44 Ryerson Station State Park 207

Honorable Mentions

M Todd Sanctuary 212

N The Beech wood Farms Nature Reserve 212

Northwest Pennsylvania 213

45 Presque Isle State Park 214

46 Hemlock Run 218

47 Tom's Run 223

48 Minister Creek 227

49 Logan Falls 232

50 Cook Forest State Park 236

51 Oil Creek State Park 241

52 Allegheny Gorge 246

53 Schollard's Wetlands 251

54 McConnells Mill State Park 255

55 Moraine State Park 259

Honorable Mentions

O The Erie National Wildlife Refuge 263

P Chapman State Park 263

The Art of Hiking 264

Trail Etiquette 264

Getting into Shape 265

Preparedness 265

First Aid 268

Natural Hazards 275

Navigation 277

Trip Planning 278

Equipment 281

Hiking with Children 285

Hiking with Your Dog 286

Clubs & Organizations 291

Hike Index 294

About the Author 295

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