Pennsylvania Camping/Backpacking

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  1. BigDan35

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    Are there any good places to go Backpacking/Camping in the state of Pennsylvania? I'm not talkin about those campsites where there are lots of people, but actually backpacking somewhere in the wilderness, so to speak. I'm movin to Pennsylvania in about 5 months and would really like to find some places to do that.
     
  2. WFR

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    PM or email me for info. Let me know what area you're moving to.
    I backpack, camp and just moved from the Harrisburg, PA area.
     

  3. BigDan35

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    DON'T DO IT!!! STAY IN KALI! PA IS THE LAST STATE YOU WANT TO MOVE TO. ITS DEPRESSED, CORRUPT, 10 YEARS BEHIND THE TIMES, EDUCATION SYSTEM SUCKS, TAXES ARE HIGH AND PA HAS BEEN NOTED AS ONE OF THE HIGHEST STATE FOR SEXUAL DEVIANTS. i'M MOVING MY BUTT OUT OF HERE SOON MYSELF.;g
     
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    DeLorme Gazetteer is a good source of stuff
     
  6. BigDan35

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    Really? How would you know what state I want to move to? You say it's corrupt and the education system sucks? I'm not sure if that's true or not, but even if it is, there is no way it could be worse than here in California. I don't like where I live, I don't like the weather, I want a change of scenery. So yes, I am movin to PA. Thanks.
     
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    I lived in PA most of my life, moved cause of job loss, however.. It may not be the cheapest place to live, but compared to California it's most likely cheaper.. Housing and taxes have gone up and cost of living has gone up just like everywhere else..

    I lived in Bethlehem, Allentown area and grew up there also, like any other state i'm sure it has it's problems and i'm sure it's school systems some of them at least are not up to par etc..

    It's not a bad state to live in and compared to California it's a great place for Gun folk.. Camping and backpacking, the appilachian trail runs through the state. And i'm sure you will find many place to camp and hike.

    http://www.fred.net/kathy/at/atstate.html#PA .. that was a link about the trail..

    Try doing a google search on Hiking PA.. lot's of hits.. i'm sure it would be the same as Camping PA..

    good luck..

    Jeff.
     
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    I grew up near the NY/PA border near the Endless Mountain region of PA. Rolling hills and rural country side. Similar in some ways to the Catskill Mountains in NY.

    One place I enjoyed in PA is the Little Grand Canyon. I car-camped there and had a blast mountain biking in the 'canyon'. I think it could be a nice place to backpack as well.

    If you can do a little travelling, there are a lot of nice places to camp and backpack in the east coast. I don't know too many places in PA, but the Catskills and Adirondaks in NY, the Berkshires in MA, the Green Mtns in VT, White Mtns in NH, and the state of Maine are all nice. Actually, Maine reminds me of AK more than any other state, but that's another story. You can get to a lot of places with a half to one day's worth of driving.

    Some friends of mine have done a lot of hunting and backpacking near State College, PA and the north central areas of PA. Some of those towns are turning in to ghost-towns it seems.

    There's something very appealing about the eastern forests. You don't have the big-name parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite, but you also don't have all the crowds and congestion.
     
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    See ONLINE GUIDE TO HIKING TRAILS IN PENNSYLVANIA for the links in the list below.

    TRAILS OF PENNSYLVANIA
    Click on the trail of your choice for further information.

    Allegheny Front Trail - Overlooking Bald Eagle Valley and encircling Black Moshannon State Prak.
    Allegheny National Forest Trails - Allegheny National Forest Trails - 500,000 acres of trails
    Appalachian Trail - South Central to Northeastern PA - 230 miles
    The Baker Trail - Freeport, PA to North Country Trail in Allegheny National Forest - 140.6 miles
    The Black Forest Trail - One of Pennsylvania's Most Popular Trails - Northcentral PA - 42.2 miles
    The Bucktail Path - One of Pennsylvania's newest trails in North Central PA - 32 miles
    The Chuck Keiper Trail - Double loop trail in Sproul Forest - Northcentral PA - 53 miles
    The Donut Hole Trail - Northern part of Sproul State Forest. - Northcentral PA - 80.7 miles
    The Golden Eagle Trail - Often called the best day hike in Pennsylvania - Northcentral PA - 9.0 miles
    The Horse-Shoe Trail - An Equestrian/Hiking Trail from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail.
    The Laurel Highlands Trail - Ohiopyle State Park to North of Johnstown PA - 70.1 miles
    The Link Trail - A trail that links the Mid State Trail and the Tuscarora Trail - 72 miles
    The Loyalsock Trail - One of the great backpacking trails of Pennsylvania - Northcentral PA - 60 miles
    Mid State Trail System - South Central to North Central PA - 176 miles
    The Old Loggers Path Trail - Remote trail in Tiadaghton State Forest. - Northcentral PA - 27.1 miles
    The Quehanna Trail -Wild and scenic loop trail in North Central PA - 73.7 miles
    The Susquehannock Trail -Scenic loop trail in North Central PA - 85 miles
    The Thunderswamp Trail - Great trail on the Pocono Plateau. - Northeastern PA - 45.0 miles
    Tuscarora Trail - South Central PA Border to North of Carlisle PA - 105 miles
    The Warrior Trail - A hiking trail that has been used for 5,000 years. - Southwestern PA - 67 miles
    The West Rim Trail - Voted Pa's Best Trail - Outside Magazine. - Northcentral PA - 30.0 miles
     
  10. St Michael

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    BS.

    Pennsylvania is a great place to live and raise a family. It has some of the best 2nd Amendment rights protections in the country, and its people are good decent kind and generous. With the exception of parts of Pittsburgh and the New Jersey southeast extension (otherwise known as Philadelphia) and to a lesser degree Erie, Harrisburg, and Wilkesbarre-Scranton), it is a conservative state socially and politically.

    Stay away from ANY PA city with a population over 100,000 and you'll be happy you moved here.

    The mountains of my area, west central PA, are beautiful, with some world class trout streams (I've fished Spruce Creek, Penn's Creek, and many others), great snowmobile trails, old growth forests, deer and bear and other hunting, downhill skiing, white water rafting, hiking, camping, etc etc etc. There are more registered hunters in PA than any other state, and PA is a good state for CCW rights.

    There is definitely "rust-belt" economic depression, and the social ills that come with it, in many parts of PA.

    But compared to California? Sorry, there is no comparison. You couldn't pay me to leave here for the "left coast."
     
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    Why should I stay away from any PA city that is over 100,000 people? It just so happens I'm movin to Philadelphia. I've been there about 10 times already and I love it. Then again, I'm a city boy at heart so maybe I'm overlookin something?
     
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    My apologies, My personal bias, that's all. I prefer small to mid size towns for quality of life and have hated every "big city" I've ever lived in or visited (with the exception of Pittsburgh. And even Pittsburgh has morphed from a friendly big-town-city into an unfriendly city, IMHO, over the past 2 decades.)

    I went to med school for 4 years in Philly, hated every second of it, couldn't wait to get back to west central PA.

    The only thing I "miss" about Philly is the soft pretzels.

    Otherwise, I'd like to re-route the Delaware River west of Philly, and give Philly to New Jersey...
     
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    This picture was taken on the 4th of July a few years ago. We had this secluded site all to ourselves the whole weekend. Closest telephone pole was probably 30 miles away. Loons kept talking to us ALL night long. We go near here 2 or 3 times a year.;c
     
  14. aaroncstevens

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    Knowing both coasts, a big +1 to a lot of what big dan said. Between the cities isn't so bad, but anywhere near a city here is pure awful (some exceptions, but speaking in generalities here). There are a whole lot of professional students who come out here for school, and I've never seen one stay. Most of us would trade limbs just to shave off time that we have to be here. Granted, there are good people among every group, and out here I've met some wonderful people. But on the whole, I've never seen a more rude, inconsiderate group than out here. I have no beef with any one group, But my jaw drops almost daily from the stuff I see going on out here. oh, the stories....
    As for the outdoors stuff, its ok, but nothing like you can find out west. pretty homogenous fare here to choose from. From the state parks I've been to, they are well maintained but crowded. Mostly a better crowd there, though. But, if you want first rate, picture quality hikes and beautiful scenery, you are on the wrong side of the country. Kalifornia has its problems, but it is only one of many beautiful states out west, and if I had the time off to drive there and back, I'd do it just for a gulp of the fresh air. 17 months, 6 days to go....:cool:
     
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    there are many places to hike, allegheny national forest, the app trail etc and as far as education is concerned i cant see how anyone could not say penn state and pitt are not great learning institutions. pittsburgh has the finest hospitals in this country period. i will say we have the worst roads in the universe:soap: :soap:
     
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    There are a lot of great places to hike and camp. Though in the Philly area, you will have to settle for nice secluded spots in some of the big parks, at least to hike. There is an REI in Conshohocken where you will find a lot of info about local places. The people tend to be pretty friendly there. Also there are a few EMS's in the area.

    If you don't mind travelling to the Socialist Republic of New Jersey the Pine Barrens are a lot of fun. They have group camping sites which you are supposed to register for and use, but there are thousands of acres not near a road (no rangers)you can hike to for a nice experience. Just don't take your gun, their gun laws are worse than Cali. (And if you want to walk on a beach, you'll have to buy a tag. Really!)