This region is described in the book, Hiking Pennsylvania, as “a hiking trail network that is the finest in Pennsylvania—surpassing even the Appalachian Trail in total length (and some would say beauty).” Endless miles of regional hiking trails offer breath-taking scenery, panoramic vistas, magnificent natural waterfalls, diverse forest environments, wildflowers, and possible encounters with wildlife. There is a degree of solitude one will often find here that cannot easily be matched by other destinations on the east coast with such grand scenery. Primitive backcountry tent camping is abundant and FREE along all area backpacking trails and along Pine Creek.
Most visitors have heard about the steep and infamous Turkey Path, but there are so many other hikes to enjoy in this area. Stop by Pine Creek Outfitters in Ansonia for hiking advice.
Short Hikes in Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon—over 40 hikes in the Pine Creek Gorge and the surrounding Tioga State Forest. Expansive canyon views and a few waterfalls are among the many highlights. $15.00
Short Hikes in God’s Country —over 40 hikes in Potter County and the Susquehannock State Forest. Home to some of the most diverse and remote forests on the east coast, come see why they call this region “God’s Country.” $12.00
Short Hikes in Pennsylvania’s Black Forest—covers hikes in Lycoming County and the Tiadaghton State Forest. Coming Soon!
Our region has 4 major backpacking trails:
The West Rim Trail—30 miles along the western rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, from Ansonia to Rattlesnake Rocks. This is the most popular area hiking trail.
The Susquehannock Trail System—84 mile loop trail through the heart of Potter County, aka God’s Country. Trailheads Denton Hill State Park (N) & Ole Bull State Park (S).
The Black Forest Trail—42 mile loop trail through the rugged and beautiful mountains of the PA Black Forest.
The Mid State Trail—320 miles spanning from New York to Maryland. Connects to the West Rim Trail in Blackwell. It is also part of the Great Eastern Trail.
Camping permits are FREE. Backpackers are required to have a permit if you are camping more than one night at the same campsite, and also to have open fires from October—May. Permits are also required if you are camping along Pine Creek.
Tioga State Forest—570-724-2868
Tiadaghton State Forest—570-753-5409
Most of the roads that allow access to these trails are no winter maintenance forest roads, making access difficult and sometimes impossible when there is snow or ice. Please call us or e-mail to check conditions before winter hiking.
Orange blazed trails are considered hiking and backpacking trails and allow foot traffic only. Many other state forest trails are considered “shared use” which means hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing are allowed.
SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR HIKERS
Pine Creek Outfitters offers shuttles to hikers and backpackers for short hikes and area backpacking trails. The West Rim Trail (30 miles) is the most popular for a number of reasons: it’s not too challenging for most people to complete in a weekend, you can customize the length and shorten the trail, and it offers the best views of the PA Grand Canyon. Pine Creek Outfitters is only 1 mile from the northern trailhead in Ansonia.
1 to 3 people: $40 total 4 to 9 people: $12/person
The Mid State Trail has several parking access points that can provide an overnight (14 miles), weekend (27 miles), or even a week-long backpacking trip (62 miles), and can also be combined with hiking the West Rim Trail.
CAMPING & BACKPACKING EQUIPMENT RENTALS
Backpack Rental = $15/night
4-Man Tent = $25/night 2-Man Tent = $15/night
Sleeping Bag = $10/night Sleeping Pad = $5/night
A HIKER’S PARADISE