Pennsylvania’s deep woods are known for their natural beauty. Vast panoramas and forests untouched by development feel like a throwback to a more pristine time. The wild lands of the Keystone State are sure to inspire adventure and soothe your soul. Pennsylvania has your outdoor explorations covered, whether you are a hiker, a biker, a trail runner, or someone looking to backpack for days at a time.
Trail running in Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a popular activity, as more people are starting to see the beauty of running on trails. Running roads is fun, but there is something magical about each step taking you further into the woods or up to the top of a ridge. Around the state, there are over 100 trails that are recommended to run, totaling almost one thousand miles, but two specific trails stand out.
The first is located along the Mason Dixon Trail, a 195.9-mile footpath that connects the Appalachian Trail with the Brandywine Trail. This trail passes through Gifford Pinchot State Park and White Clay Creek Preserve in Pennsylvania. Scenic trails meander through forests, across streams, and offer solitude and serenity while giving your legs a healthy burn.
A second trail running option is the Roaring Creek Watershed. While not a technical run, this is a perfect way to escape the city while enjoying a restored natural environment. Passing three reservoirs and weaving along a creek through gorgeous forests, the 15-plus miles of trails will pass quickly as each stride will leave you more in awe of the beauty of the region.
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While the Allegrippis are widely regarded as a favorite mountain biking riding destination in Pennsylvania (if not the entire east coast) there are a few other spots that will get your heart racing on single track awesomeness.
Biking Rothrock State Forest gives you an enjoyable ride through stunning scenery on well-maintained trails. With one 36-mile loop that can take between three to six hours, this is where you need to go if you are looking to get stoked while riding through the best mix of terrain around. This is a tough trail but makes for a fun day for riders ranging from intermediate to advanced.
For those looking for a bit of an easier ride, head out to the trails at Nockamixon State Forest. The easiest trails are located north of the main parking lot and access nice, flowy singletrack trails. The southern loops pass through rocky regions and stream crossings that make for a fun way to cool off on the hotter days.
Before you head out on your ride through these gorgeous areas, make sure you pick up an Osprey Raptor or Raven Pack. Perfectly designed for the needs of every level of mountain biker, these packs are light, fit amazingly well, and keep you hydrated and cool. Designed to carry a helmet and your other hiking needs, these are hands-down the best packs for riders of all levels.
Day hikers in the Keystone State have many options, picking a trail can often be more exhausting than the actual hike itself. While you could choose between these four incredible waterfalls, or even these five stunning treks near Philadelphia, there is one local favorite that need to be added to your list.
Known as a challenging yet rewarding hike, this trek will test both your physical and mental hiking abilities. Called the Stairway to Heaven or the Thousand Steps Trail, this hike will burn your quads before ascending to a plateau with wide panoramic views. Located near Mount Union, this trail climbs over 1,000 stone steps. The best route is a 9.7-mile out and back trail that gains a few thousand feet. If you want to feel like you accomplished something incredible and love spacious views, this is the trail for you.
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