Best Trails of Pennsylvania

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#1. Appalachian Trail: Bake Oven Knob to Lehigh Gap


This hike from Bake Oven Knob to Lehigh Gap is one of the more scenic in the state, although the scenery varies considerably - from hawks floating on mountain updrafts to the stark and stunted landsca…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Lehighton, PA - Hiking - 9.5 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#2. Appalachian Trail: Hawk Mountain to PA 309


Hawks and rocks. Hikers have plenty of opportunities to look up for one and down for the other on this 13.3-mile stroll up and along the Blue Mountain ridge. The AT skirts the side of Hawk Mountain…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Eckville, PA - Hiking - 13.5 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#3. Wicked Wissahickon Valley


This is a stellar ride that offers some nice singletrack in the heart of the city. Proximity to the city has both advantages and disadvantages. Food, fuel, lodging, and nightlife are in abundance. Sec…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Conshohocken, PA - Mountain Biking - 13.4 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. Appalachian Trail: Along Blue Mountain Ridge


On this 10-mile rock hop along the Blue Mountain ridge, history-minded hikers walk a path blazed by Native Americans, interpreters, missionaries, and soldiers. The focal point is Pilger Ruh (Pilgrim'…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Marstown, PA - Hiking - 10.4 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#5. Appalachian National Scenic Trail - Pennsylvania Section (Backpacking)


The Appalachian Trail (AT) is the most famous and popular trail in the world; it is synonymous with backpacking. Not surprisingly, it is the most heavily hiked trail in Pennsylvania. Although the AT o…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Trails"
Stroudsburg, PA - Hiking - 232 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#6. Valley Forge to Philadelphia


This is a place for a pleasant ride, but not necessarily a fast one. The trail enjoys heavy use, so expect to share it with many other bicyclists, as well as walkers, runners, and rollerbladers. The b…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania"
Valley Forge, PA - Road Biking - 44 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Ghost Town Trail


A truly historic and casual ride along the beautiful Black Lick Creek, this trail has the remains of five ghost towns along its course as well as evidence of coal mines and iron furnaces. After discov…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Dilltown, PA - Mountain Biking - 23.4 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Lehigh Gorge State Park


The Lehigh Valley railroad parallels the Lehigh River through the stunning and scenic Lehigh River Gorge. The Lehigh Gorge State Park is a narrow area consisting of 4,548 acres along the Lehigh River…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Jim Thorpe, PA - Mountain Biking - 21.3 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. Loyalsock Trail (Backpacking)


The LT is named after the beautiful Loyalsock Creek, a sizable stream known for its scenery and whitewater rapids. Loyalsock is a derivative of the Indian phrase Lawi-saquick, meaning “middle creek,”…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Trails"
Dushore, PA - Hiking - 59.28 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#10. Black Forest Trail (Backpacking)


The Black Forest Trail (BFT) was the first trail I ever backpacked. I borrowed my law school roommate’s tent, filled my pack with tuna and crackers, met a friend at the trailhead, and proceeded to hav…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Trails"
Brown, PA - Hiking - 42 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#11. Lancaster County Covered Bridges


Lancaster County leads the nation in the covered-bridge category, with twenty-four bridges still in use. This ride takes you through five of them and on a tour of scenic farmlands. The ride begins in…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania"
Lititz, PA - Road Biking - 33.3 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Fairmount Park Forbidden Drive


This is a great beginner ride that's suitable for the entire family. Your ride starts from the parking area on Bells Mills Road and takes the gentile gravel road down to Lincoln Drive and back. There…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Chestnut Hill, PA - Mountain Biking - 10 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#13. Appalachian Trail: Caledonia State Park & Big Pine Flat Ridge


Caledonia was the name given to ancient Scotland by invading Romans, but hikers don't need to be Bravehearts to enjoy the first leg of the AT's ridge top route between Caledonia and Pine Grove Furnace…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Chambersburg, PA - Hiking - 11.2 miles    Best Trail in PA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#14. Loyalsock–Link Loop Trail (Backpacking)


This is an excellent weekend backpacking trip, offering great scenery and campsites. If you have only one night to spare, hike the loop, beginning and ending at Worlds End. If you have two or more nig…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Trails"
Dushore, PA - Hiking - 28 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#15. Stony Valley Rail -Trail


In addition to the historic Stony Valley Railroad, this ride also passes by the ruins of the old ghost town of Rausch Gap. Between 1828 and 1910, more than 1,000 people lived here. The town slowly dis…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Dauphin, PA - Mountain Biking - 28.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Angel Falls and Kettle Creek Gorge


This hike is one of the most scenic Wyoming State Forest has to offer. This trail utilizes portions of the Loyalsock Trail (LT) and is located in a beautiful, isolated spot with numerous gorges and gl…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Endless Mountains: Exploring the Wilderness of Northeastern Pennsylvania"
Hughesville, PA - Hiking - 7.5 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#17. Delaware Water Gap


The Delaware River is the only major undammed, free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. It courses 35 miles through approximately 70,000 acres of recreational land in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A…
From the guidebook "Great Hikes in the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania"
Stroudsburg, PA - Hiking - 4.3 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#18. Worlds End Loop Trail (Backpacking)


With its 800-foot-deep gorge, waterfalls, vistas, whitewater, and spectacular scenery, Worlds End State Park is a premier hiking and backpacking destination. The park serves as a primary trailhead for…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Trails"
Forksville, PA - Hiking - 12 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#19. Gettysburg


This ride is a very pretty one. The fields are green and surrounded by woodland. In the spring, the pink blossoms of the dogwood trees, the yellow of the dandelions, and the purple of the violets turn…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania"
Gettysburg, PA - Road Biking - 17 miles   
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. The Grand Canyon


The Pine Creek Gorge, or the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, as it is more notably called, is truly a remarkable place. The gorge’s history dates back to the ice age when retreating glaciers deposited a…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Ansonia, PA - Mountain Biking - 20.6 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing