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Hiking In Pennsylvania

Hiking In Pennsylvania

If you are an outdoor lover, you are in the right place.  Pennsylvania offers much in terms of camping and hiking.  There is an abundance of trails available to hike.  I will be mentioning a few of my favorites.

Rickets Glen State Park

Rickets Glen State Park offers many trails for hiking but one of the most popular is Falls Trail.  Falls trail is a 7.2-mile loop.  I f you want to hike a shorter and still see most of the waterfalls you can take the Highland Trail and the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail.  This hike is then only 3.2 miles and you still see 21 awesome waterfalls ranging from 11 feet to 94 feet high. The trail stays wet most of the time from mist which makes some areas of rock slippery.  Wear appropriate shoes and use caution.  The park also offers cabins for rent and tent camping spots which have running water bathrooms and shower.  It contains a lake with a sandy beach for swimming and picnics.

Hawk Rock

Hawk Rock is an overlook that you can reach from the Appalachian Trail in Duncannon, PA.  For a short hike, you can pick up the trailhead at Duncannon.  The hike is up to Hawk Rock overlook and back to the parking lot is a little over 2 miles but it has an elevation climb of 700 feet.  It’s not a difficult hike as long as you pace yourself.  Wear sturdy shoes because it is rocky.  But who would expect different here in Pennsylvania?  The trail will join the Appalachian Trail.  Continue on the Appalachian Trail to Hawk Rock.  Finding the trailhead is a little tricky because there are no signs.  Once you have spent some time enjoying Hawk Rock Overlook, continue on the Appalachian Trail toward the River about 100 yards.  Reaching the firepit on the left, you’ll see a small trail take off towards the left to Cove Mountain Overlook.  Cove Mountain Overlook will offer you a grand view of the Susquehanna River.


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Flat Rock Loop Trail

I believe this trail has the best view.  It’s 4.7 miles and an elevation increase of 1423 feet.  Yes, it is tough but not terrible if you pace yourself and definitely worth it when you get to the top.  The trail starts near the amphitheater area of Colonel Dennings State Park.  Make sure you bring ample water, sturdy shoes, walking stick, and camera.  I recommend starting the hike early in the day.  Coming back down the trail would be treacherous in the dark.

Flat Rock

Appalachian Trail

We have 229 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.  The elevations range from 320′ to 2080′ and it is said that we have one of the rockiest sections of the trail.  I will agree with that.  Some sections of the trail are made up of boulders on top of more boulders.  Thru-hikers hate Pennsylvania’s section of the trail.  Some choose to bypass it.  I live in Pennsylvania and pick and choose different parts of the trail to hike or camp at.  My favorite shelters along the trail are Darlington, Peters Mountain, and Rausch Gap, and Tom’s Run shelters.  The trails were somewhat rocky but nothing to whine about.  Although I tent camp, I like being close to a shelter for the privy.  The shelters along the Appalachian Trail are kept up pretty well by the volunteers.  You can also find different parking locations to leave your car and pick up the trail.

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YK • September 22, 2016

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