Beat The Heat: Six Ways to Stay Cool On Summer Hikes

Beat The Heat: Six Ways to Stay Cool On Summer Hikes

July 21, 2022

Summer can get pretty darn hot these days, and here in the Mid-Atlantic Region keeping the basics in mind when playing outside in the summer has become an absolute necessity.  

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Sinking into Summer in Loyalsock

Sinking into Summer in Loyalsock

July 13, 2022

Loyalsock is one of our go-to choices when we are looking for somewhere to unwind away from the world. There is something magical about this forest.  Perhaps it is the fact that "Worlds End" is literally a place name in this forest, or perhaps it's the fact that in the era of overstimulation with technology and news and. . . well everything, this is one of those increasingly rare, beautiful places where for the most part you won't have cell service.  

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A Summer Evening on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

A Summer Evening on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

July 13, 2022

Take a summer evening family ride along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail -  a lovely stretch of rail trail that runs between Mifflinburg PA and Lewisburg PA. If you are in Central Pennsylvania and are looking for a quick, family friendly rail trail ride to get your wheels under you and your crew this summer, this is a great option. 

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Mom’s Camping 101

Mom’s Camping 101

June 29, 2022

If you are starting from scratch and need gear, don’t fall for the myth that you need a ton of specialized gear to have a great time enjoying the outdoors. Most of what you need is already in your home. Think about what you need to keep your children happy at home and ask yourself if they will need it when you camp. No need to pack up your entire kitchen, or break the bank on specialized equipment.

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Waterfalling at Ohiopyle

Waterfalling at Ohiopyle

June 29, 2022

The sound of water crashing through rocks and over waterfalls just fills and heals my soul. Ohiopyle fills and heals my soul.

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Purple Lizard's Pine Creek Rail Trail Ice Cream Tour

Purple Lizard's Pine Creek Rail Trail Ice Cream Tour

June 29, 2022

Purple Lizard is always looking for a new twist on adventuring, and this time we found the perfect blend of summer fun. There is a lot of ice cream available on the Pine Creek Rail Trail (PCRT), but how many of us have experienced all of the ice cream on the PCRT? Our Trail Guru and a couple friends have, and they are more than happy to share the gravel regarding the PCRT.

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The Anatomy of a Daypack: 7 Things To Pack for a Walk in the Wood

The Anatomy of a Daypack: 7 Things To Pack for a Walk in the Wood

May 27, 2022

There’s more to a well-prepared day hiking backpack than meets the eye. Even on a short hike, the unexpected can happen, and we can all benefit from having a few extra supplies - just in case. Here’s what you should always keep handy in your pack. 

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Let the blooms begin! Wildflower season has begun in the Mid-Atlantic

Let the blooms begin! Wildflower season has begun in the Mid-Atlantic

May 25, 2022

This symphony of floral blooms begins in May and continues throughout the summer with blooms of all shapes, sizes and colors. Some flowers are fleeting and others last much longer, but spring, with its sudden explosion of flowers is the perfect time to notice these wonderful little adventure companions.

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Backpacking the Black Forest Trail in Pine Creek

Backpacking the Black Forest Trail in Pine Creek

April 26, 2022

The Black Forest Trail is a Pennsylvania classic, and considered by many to be the most difficult trail in the State, even though it is relatively short at 44 miles and very accessible, located in Tiadaghton State Forest in the Pine Creek area, also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

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Make Your Own Adventure with the Tuscarora Lizard Map

Make Your Own Adventure with the Tuscarora Lizard Map

April 21, 2022

The Tuscarora State Forest in central Pennsylvania sprawls across six counties between Huntingdon and Lewistown in the north and Carlisle to the south. You’ll find remote roads and trails, mountain creeks, long ridgetop views and quiet waterside rests - everything you need for fantastic outdoor adventures. There is also a tremendous amount of Native and Colonial history on this map. You’ll find roads that follow Native footpaths developed thousands of years ago, covered bridges from the 1800s, springs built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and some of the most beautiful farm valleys in the state.

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A Weekend in Cook Forest

A Weekend in Cook Forest

February 28, 2022

The Forest Cathedral, brings back memories of childhood camping in the Sierras.  The Cathedral, found in the heart of Cook Forest State Park, is Pennsylvania’s largest and is a registered national natural landmark. Multiple different species of trees reside here, reaching 150 years old.

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Loyalsock Trail - Finding Trust

Loyalsock Trail - Finding Trust

June 18, 2021

I held my breath with each up and down, stopping every so often to let out some tears. The creek was rushing and beautiful this morning. The sun was bright, the sky was clear, and the temperature was perfect. Approaching the finish, I couldn’t hold back the tears anymore. Before the last climb, I took one more glance at the water and smelled the pine that surrounded me. I will always belong out here. The forest took care of me this week, I will forever be thankful.

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Go Explore Loyalsock State Forest in Pennsylvania

Go Explore Loyalsock State Forest in Pennsylvania

September 18, 2020

Loyalsock State Forest, located in the heart of Penns Woods, has just about everything that an outdoors lover could want. Waterfalls, vistas, trails, forest roads, swimming holes, historical relics, camping sites; this forest has it all!

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