Best Backpacking in Pennsylvania

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Pennsylvania. Use this list to plan your next Pennsylvania backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Pittsburgh Area Getaway


Where was your town on the list when Pittsburgh was rated Number 1 as a place to live by Rand-McNally? In spite of the grousing by those of us who live elsewhere, let’s give Pittsburgh a chance! It wa…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Pittsburgh, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Hershey, Pennsylvania


Chocolate lovers, beware—this place will satiate your senses! The sweet aroma pervades the town, designated the “Chocolate Capital of the World.” The two main streets are—what else?—Chocolate and Coco…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Hershey, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Outlet Capital of the World: Reading, PA


Forget the history—the main event in this town is in the here and now! Welcome to Reading, the “Outlet Capital of the World.” Grab your mad money for some of the best bargains you’ll ever find. Plan t…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Reading, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Delaware Water Gap and the Poconos Getaway


The Middle Delaware River region, which stretches for 40 miles between Stroudsburg and Milford, Pennsylvania, is a recreational area for those who enjoy hiking, canoeing, swimming, photographing a ser…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Scranton, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Brandywine Valley Getaway


The Brandywine Valley begins along the banks of the meandering Brandywine River in southeastern Pennsylvania and ends in confluence with the Delaware River at Wilmington. Rich in pleasant, rolling lan…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Chadds Ford, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Kutztown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Just an hour and a half from Baltimore, the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Kutztown was founded in 1771 by George Kutz and designated the home of Pennsylvania Dutch crafts. Visitors today can observ…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Lancaster, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Union Mills, Maryland, and Gettysburg, PA


Ah! Green grasses and golden crops woven around the contours of rolling hills. Dairy herds and horse farms tended by the dauntless vigil of endless white fences, and a friendliness that just comes nat…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Gettysburg, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia is a day trip unto itself. It’s a journey into the nation’s past, tracing the footsteps of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson through Independence National Histori…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Philadelphia, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. The Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA


Rich with culture, the Brandywine Valley has become synonymous with regional art. The artists and craftsmen of the area were, and are still, some of the finest in our country. Examples of their work c…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Valley Forge, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Erie and Presque Isle Getaway


The romance of days gone by is present not only in stories about rum-running but also in legends based on historical fact from the early days of Erie. The Underground Railroad is depicted in one of th…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Erie, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. North-Central Pennsylvania Getaway


On this itinerary you will travel the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, named to honor the veterans of 1861 and 1865. Earlier it was known as a forbidden Indian trail; the Seneca Indians denied the…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Williamsport, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Bucks County Getaway


A getaway to Bucks County will take you out of the city and into lush green rolling hills, past large farms with sleek horses and woods and meadows interlaced with many gushing creeks and meandering r…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
New Hope, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. Pennsylvania Dutch Region Getaway


Beginning in 1727 the Amish, also known as the “plain people,” emigrated from Europe to find freedom from persecution. The Pennsylvania Dutch region is a fascinating place to visit because of what you…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Lancaster, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. Gettysburg Area Getaway


The Civil War had been waged for two years when Confederate General Robert E. Lee marched into Pennsylvania on June 3, 1863, with 75,000 soldiers from the Army of Northern Virginia. General George G.…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
York, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#15. Philadelphia Getaway


The “City of Brotherly Love” was so proclaimed by William Penn, who believed that settlers should be free to live by their own laws and that no one should be “molested or prejudiced for his or her own…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Philadelphia, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Harrisburg and Hershey Getaway


Harrisburg and Hershey offer you glimpses of two eras in the historic development of South-Central Pennsylvania. Harrisburg 17105 This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience in Har…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Harrisburg, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Bear With Me


Bear Run Nature Reserve offers a rich variety of landscapes, from dramatic views of the Youghiogheny River, to picturesque trails meandering through thickets of rhododendron, and beautiful valleys…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Ohiopyle, PA - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Rim to Rim to Rim


Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek Gorge contrasts sharply with the surrounding peaceful farmland, plunging 800 feet to the river below and spanning 2,000 feet from rim to rim, to the shock and enjoyment of…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Wellsboro, PA - Backpacking, Hiking - 30 miles one-way
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Which Way to Munich?


The Black Forest Trail (BFT)—with its sharp elevation gain, convoluted route, and wild succession of ups and downs—demands a great deal from those seeking to walk it, but it gives a great deal too.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Slate Run, PA - Backpacking, Hiking - 42 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Front and Center: The Allegheny Front Trail


Over its 40-mile course, the lovely Allegheny Front Trail (AFT) passes through remarkably varied terrain that includes mature hardwood forests, pine plantations, beautiful water courses like Six Mile…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Six Mile Run, PA - Backpacking, Hiking - 39.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books