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Hikers to hit the trails in Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge

The Allegheny National Forest chapter of the North Country Trail Association will hold its eighth annual Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge (A-100) on June 9-11, 2017. The hike will take place throughout the Allegheny National Forest, and is billed as an endurance challenge of individual stamina, determination, and resilience. It is not a race. Hikers will traverse 100...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy unveils new help resource for Pennsylvania

In June 2008, the PA Appalachian Trail Act was amended by Act 24, requiring the 58 PA municipalities along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) to take action to preserve the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic values of the Trail and to conserve and maintain it as a public natural resource. The legislation was prompted by a Commonwealth Court case related...

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Boots not made for Pennsylvania

The Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania is “where boots go to die,” and “lots of people leave Pennsylvania limping and bruised.” After traversing all 220 miles of the AT in the Keystone State, both statements are indeed accurate. The reason is entirely geological, owing to the amazing jumble of rocks of all types, sizes and shapes – known scientifically as felsenmeer –...

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Pennsylvania Celebrating Hiking Week With Almost 100 Organized Events

Hiking through the woods is one of the best ways to exercise, but those in Pennsylvania over the next week will be in for a treat as the state celebrates Hiking Week 2015 starting on Saturday, May 30. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Keystone Trails Association, there will be almost 100 organized hikes that will make...

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Wind Gap named Appalachian Trail Community

The Appalachian Trail has put Wind Gap, PA on the map – a map of communities along the 2,180-mile trail, that is. Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community means Wind Gap will be highlighted in guidebooks and hiking maps, and the recognition could be a financial benefit to the borough. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy created the Appalachian Trail Community...

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Pennsylvania hiking trails featured in four films at Keystone Trails Association gathering

The Keystone Trails Association’s second annual KTA Membership Celebration and Film Festival will feature four films about Pennsylvania trails. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Wesley Center of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, Camp Hill. The four films will include the following. Best of Pennsylvania – 1000 Steps Hiking Trail is a...

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Featured National Recreation Trails – Mason-Dixon Trail, Pennsylvania

The Mason-Dixon Trail section receiving NRT recognition is a 30 mile-long hiking path, following the western slopes of the Susquehanna River Gorge between Wrightsville and Norman Wood Bridge (at PA Rt. 372). This blue blazed hiking trail rolls along river hillsides and drops into deep ravines while crossing a number of tributaries to the Susquehanna River. Along the way...

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Pennsylvania considering all-out hiking ban on state game lands during hunting seasons

Fall foliage season is a popular time for hiking in Pennsylvania. But fall hiking on state game lands might be prohibited if a new regulation under consideration by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is approved. The commission is scheduled to consider a new rule Jan. 27, 2015 that would forbid hiking and other non-hunting activities on state game lands during fall and...

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Mechanicsburg man honored on hiking all 798 miles of Pennsylvania State Forest hiking trails

Richard “Dick” Shelly, 76, of Mechanicsburg, received the prestigious State Forest Trails Award at the recent annual meeting of the Keystone Trails Association at Doubling Gap Center, Newville. He earned the award by hiking all 798 miles of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry’s 18 state forest hiking trails. The award is a collaboration between the...

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New Earl Shaffer biography published by Appalachian Trail Museum

Appalachian Trail legend Earl Shaffer is the subject of a new biography, “A Grip on the Mane of Life,” by thru-hiker David Donaldson and Maurice J. Forrester, a long-time activist in the Pennsylvania hiking community. Shaffer, a native of York, became the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in a single season in 1948. His feat was featured the...

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Grand History Trail would connect Pennsylvania, Maryland and D.C. Will it ever exist?

The goal is a biking and hiking trail that would take you to major cities in the Mid-Atlantic and allow you to explore more than 250 years of American history. You could ride through York and see the reconstructed Colonial Court House, where the Continental Congress met and adopted the Articles of Confederation. You could meander through the Gettysburg battlefield, the...

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Appalachian Trail Museum aims to expand displays

Joe Harold may have just begun serving as director of the Appalachian Trail Museum, but he’s already leading plans to triple its size. The museum, which opened in 2010 in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania just off of the trail, is perhaps best described as quaint — big on ambiance from wooden paneling, a new grass-covered wheelchair ramp, and scenic views, but...

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Appalachian Trail names Delaware Water Gap a best friend

Delaware Water Gap, PA made official June 28,2014 an identity embraced for decades by its citizens and the Appalachian Trail hikers they welcome. The borough was named an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservacy, which has designated about 35 towns so far for their proximity to the trail and support for it. Delaware Water Gap is the fourth AT...

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Group of 13 hiking/biking trails will link Allegheny Ridge, Allegheny River

Rails-to-trails advocates have announced the formal launch of the Trans Allegheny Trails network. “The Trans Allegheny Trails are 13 trails that stretch from the Allegheny Ridge to the Allegheny River,” said Laura Hawkins, a greenway coordinator with the Allegheny Ridge Corp., which is working to promote the recreational, historical and economic assets along the...

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Duncannon Appalachian Trail community to host annual trail festival

Through hikers, weekend warriors and Duncannon, PA residents alike will show their support for the United States’ first national trail when they gather for Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community’s third annual festival on June 21, 2014. The celebration, originally called the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival, got its start when Duncannon was...

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