Exploring the Hidden Center of Bald Eagle State Forest: Millheim to Weikert, PA

Exploring the Hidden Center of Bald Eagle State Forest: Millheim to Weikert, PA

August 02, 2018

Purple Lizard takes you on a drive through the backroads of Bald Eagle State Forest, one of the most remote forests in Pennsylvania.

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Purple Lizard's Pine Creek Rail Trail Ice Cream Tour

Purple Lizard's Pine Creek Rail Trail Ice Cream Tour

July 31, 2018

Recently, we enjoyed the perfect blend of summer fun - eating ice cream and riding bike on the Pine Creek Rail Trail in North Central Pennsylvania!

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Seneca Rocks West Virginia: Great Views, No Climbing Gear Needed

Seneca Rocks West Virginia: Great Views, No Climbing Gear Needed

July 24, 2018

Experience Seneca Rocks without any climbing gear along a 1.5-mile hiking trail leading to an awesome observation tower.

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Car Camping and Singletrack Adventures in Gandy Creek, WV

Car Camping and Singletrack Adventures in Gandy Creek, WV

July 10, 2018

Free dispersed camping along with hiking, biking, horseback riding, and driving adventures near Gandy Creek West Virginia.

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Finding Purple Lizards in Davis and Thomas, West Virginia

Finding Purple Lizards in Davis and Thomas, West Virginia

July 09, 2018

Discover an array of outdoor recreation in and around Davis and Thomas West Virginia!

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Purple Lizard Cartography: Getting Lost in Michaux State Forest, PA

Purple Lizard Cartography: Getting Lost in Michaux State Forest, PA

June 20, 2018

Purple Lizard Maps gives some insight on what it takes to create a recreational map of the highest quality.

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Spring Adventure in Quehanna Wild Area, PA: Mosquito Creek Trail Loop

Spring Adventure in Quehanna Wild Area, PA: Mosquito Creek Trail Loop

May 30, 2018

Adventurers looking for a one or two day hike in Quehanna Area won’t be disappointed by this loop! It is relatively flat which makes for easy hiking, with fantastic vistas and beautiful stream along the way.

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Our Latest Mapping Tool: the BH Easy Motion Rebel eBike

Our Latest Mapping Tool: the BH Easy Motion Rebel eBike

May 17, 2018

We have a new tool in our mapping kit, and it's quickly becoming our favorite. BH Easy Motion Bicycles asked us to test one of their Mountain e-bikes this season. We didn't know anything about e-bikes, but we use several types of bicycles in our field work, so this was a perfect opportunity to learn about this new ride in the world of cycling.

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Bikepacking in Tiadaghton State Forest, Pennsylvania

Bikepacking in Tiadaghton State Forest, Pennsylvania

May 17, 2018

As part of my training to attempt the Tour Divide mountain bike race in June, I planned on riding 215 miles from my home in Centre County, PA to several vistas overlooking the Pine Creek Gorge in the Tiadaghton State Forest, camping along the way. Combined with about 15,000 feet of climbing, this trip would closely match typical days on the Tour Divide.

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Spring Hunting Season in PA: How To Safely Enjoy Public Land

Spring Hunting Season in PA: How To Safely Enjoy Public Land

April 27, 2018

After a long, dark, and cold winter, outdoor enthusiasts are eager to get outside and adventure in the woods of Pennsylvania. Many folks eagerly await the opening of spring turkey gobbler season. It's a good idea to assume hunters will be sharing the woods with you while you are engaged in your outdoor adventures from pre-dawn to post-dusk Monday through Saturday. Everyone has the right to enjoy the woods safely, and there are some basic rules for risk mitigation during the spring hunting season that should be respected. 

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The Icebox Incident: A Lesson in Deciding When to Go Home or Keep Going

The Icebox Incident: A Lesson in Deciding When to Go Home or Keep Going

March 21, 2018

As winter makes one last stand with a few more inches of snow and some blustery winds, we sit back to reflect on lessons learned from this season's outdoor adventures. One of these lessons is the methodology of deciding whether or not to cut a trip short. We experienced this scenario in real time during a two-day (planned as a three-day) weekend backpacking trip on the Black Forest Trail near Slate Run, Pennsylvania.

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Rock Run Trail System: Enjoying Moshannon State Forest, PA, on Skis

Rock Run Trail System: Enjoying Moshannon State Forest, PA, on Skis

February 05, 2018

Originally built as a cross-country ski trail system with help from Ralph Seeley and Tom Thwiates, this trail system is also part of the Allegheny Front Trail (backpacking loop), and includes orange, yellow, and blue-blazed trails. This is a beautiful, but remote and advanced cross country ski trail, so if you're looking for some adventurous terrain, the 8 or 13 loops are perfect! Beginners can also enjoy this area!

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Tiadaghton Trail Part One: Ramsey To Waterville along Pine Creek, PA

Tiadaghton Trail Part One: Ramsey To Waterville along Pine Creek, PA

January 25, 2018

The Lizard Department of Adventure offers yet another great hike suggestion for those who want to discover the beauty of Northcentral PA: Tiadaghton Trail! 

In beautiful Pine Creek Valley on the Pine Creek Lizard Map lies a long forgotten trail simply called the Tiadaghton Trail. It has been recently reopened by DCNR and a small group of dedicated volunteers. The southern half of this trail, now better than ever, consists of a very steep climb along a narrow ridge, followed by a beautiful ridgetop hike, concluding with a fantastic descent into a canyon that drains to Pine Creek by Waterville. It is a strenuous hike, but one that offers many rewards!

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Camp Michaux and Sunset Rocks: History, Vistas and More in Michaux Forest, PA

Camp Michaux and Sunset Rocks: History, Vistas and More in Michaux Forest, PA

January 05, 2018

Follow along with the Department of Adventure on a 3-mile journey to explore history, the Appalachian Trail, and beautiful vistas of Michaux State Forest. The adventure begins at the parking area at the intersection of Bunk Hill Road and Michaux Road, northwest of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

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Charcoal Hearth Trail: A 3-mile Historical Hiking Loop in Caledonia State Park, PA

Charcoal Hearth Trail: A 3-mile Historical Hiking Loop in Caledonia State Park, PA

January 05, 2018

Hikers and runners looking for a quick adventure near Route 30 need look no further than Charcoal Hearth Trail in Caledonia State Park. This trail offers various hiking surfaces, some climbing and descending, and historical significance, all bundled in a slightly less than 3-mile loop.

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A Taste of Michaux Forest, PA: Cabin Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Hiking All In One Weekend

A Taste of Michaux Forest, PA: Cabin Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Hiking All In One Weekend

December 15, 2017

Michaux State Forest, less than 3 hours from Philly, Pittsburgh, D.C., and 2 hours from Baltimore, MD and State College, PA, offers something for everyone: Over 85,000 acres of public land loaded with biking and hiking trails (over 300 miles of hiking and over 250 miles of shared use), great climbing crags, cross country ski trails, 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail, plus Caledonia, Mont Alto, Kings Gap, Pine Grove Furnace State Parks. Michaux is just waiting for you to explore!

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Quehanna Trail: 75 Miles of Backpacking PA Wilds

Quehanna Trail: 75 Miles of Backpacking PA Wilds

November 12, 2017

The Quehanna Trail in Moshannon and Elk State Forests, PA is an amazing 75-mile backpacking loop. The QT is a remote trail, with minimal cell reception and minimal use. The Quehanna Wild Area is outstanding and well-known, but the rest of this route is an unknown adventure! It includes a good amount of elevation change and tons of wildlife, including elk. Plenty of trailhead parking areas, including a few PA state parks, allow for easy access to this trail system. The QT never disappoints!

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A Hiker and Biker Guide to Hunting Season: How to Stay Safe (and still enjoy public land!)

A Hiker and Biker Guide to Hunting Season: How to Stay Safe (and still enjoy public land!)

October 08, 2017

As fall arrives, the weather cools, the bugs and the obvious presence of snakes diminish, and outdoor enthusiasts flock to the woods on the weekends to enjoy beautiful environments. In some areas of Pennsylvania, certain hunting seasons officially begin in September. While there are several publications to sift through regarding hunting regulations, we know you probably won't go out of your way to read those. Once fall arrives, it's a good idea to assume hunters will be sharing the woods with you while you are engaged in your outdoor adventures (except on Sundays!). Since Purple Lizard Maps wants everyone to enjoy the woods and safely, we thought a quick public service announcement regarding general risk mitigation practices during hunting season might be helpful.

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West Rim Trail: A Nationally Renowned Backpacking Trail in The PA Grand Canyon

West Rim Trail: A Nationally Renowned Backpacking Trail in The PA Grand Canyon

October 07, 2017

The West Rim Trail is an outstanding 30-mile backpacking trail along the western side of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The trail is fairly well known, having been highlighted in multiple national outdoor recreation publications throughout the years. Overall the elevation change is moderate, campsites are plentiful, and the vistas are truly unmatched!

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Buffalo Valley Rail Trail: 9 Miles of Pennsylvania Agricultural and Industrial History

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail: 9 Miles of Pennsylvania Agricultural and Industrial History

September 07, 2017

Rail Trail riding is an outdoor activity worth exploring! Pennsylvania's industrial history built a well organized network of railroad grades across the state. Today, in many communities, those same railways connecting small towns have been transformed to one of the state's best recreational resource. One that is well worth exploring is the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail near Lewisburg, PA.

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Group Outdoor Adventures in Central PA ~ Rides, Runs, Paddles and more!

Group Outdoor Adventures in Central PA ~ Rides, Runs, Paddles and more!

August 21, 2017

Since it can be difficult to find new trails or find friends available and willing to explore the outdoors, Purple Lizard Maps has compiled a list of many of the weekly group events in the Central PA region that will keep you as busy as you want to be enjoying the fantastic outdoor recreation in the region.

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Purple Lizard's Pine Creek Rail Trail Ice Cream Tour 2017

Purple Lizard's Pine Creek Rail Trail Ice Cream Tour 2017

July 22, 2017

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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Allegheny Front Trail - PA's Newest Long Distance Hiking Trail

Allegheny Front Trail - PA's Newest Long Distance Hiking Trail

July 06, 2017

The Allegheny Front Trail (AFT) is a well designed and well built 42 mile trail that encircles Black Moshannon State Park just north of the geographic center of PA.

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A Perfect Hike In Black Moshannon, PA: Moss-Hanne Trail

A Perfect Hike In Black Moshannon, PA: Moss-Hanne Trail

June 28, 2017

Black Moshannon State Park is 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands within the more than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest. The Moss-Hanne Trail is a year-round favorite that is open to hikers and cross-country skiers, but summer is the perfect time to try it for the first time! The linear trail is yellow blazed and includes helpful signage and mile markers, reminding hikers how far they've gone and the distances ahead

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Rothrock's Newest Trail in Central Pennsylvania

Rothrock's Newest Trail in Central Pennsylvania

May 29, 2017

2017: PFBC land just adjacent to Rothrock State Forest has a new trail, and it is ready for you to hike, run, bike, or even horseback ride!

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Reflections of a Trail Running Cartographer

Reflections of a Trail Running Cartographer

May 25, 2017

My idea of fun is running through the woods on a sweet singletrack trail. Most of the time, I’m alone, but a few times a year I love to participate in a long distance trail race with hundreds of other likeminded folks. It feels awesome to push your limits, take in the beauty of the forest, and of course the after-party with BBQ, beer, and good company isn’t too shabby!

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Lion’s Valley Vista and the Huckleberry Loop: Hike Musser Gap in State College, PA

Lion’s Valley Vista and the Huckleberry Loop: Hike Musser Gap in State College, PA

October 28, 2016

Looking for a new vista close to State College in Rothrock State Forest that you can reach after work before dark?

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Hot off the Press: Second Edition Raystown Lizard Map!

Hot off the Press: Second Edition Raystown Lizard Map!

May 16, 2016

This all new edition of the Raystown Lizard map includes lots of great new info: latest trail additions, updated lake and visitor information, and the Lizard’s latest graphic style making it the most comprehensive, easiest to read and most action packed map ever made of the Raystown region.

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Plan your Rincon, Puerto Rico Escape

Plan your Rincon, Puerto Rico Escape

January 13, 2016

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Holiday Reflections from The Lizard

Holiday Reflections from The Lizard

December 10, 2015

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"A Perfect Day in The Woods" Guest Blog by female Winner of the 2015 Tussey Mountainback Ultra Marathon

"A Perfect Day in The Woods" Guest Blog by female Winner of the 2015 Tussey Mountainback Ultra Marathon

October 31, 2015

The thing about running the same ultramarathon course over again is that you know exactly what to expect. There are no questions about what waits around the next bend, the steepness of that next hill, or what that downhill is gonna do to your quads. Oh no, the pain receptors remember the last time- it’s tatooed on them like the Chinese symbol on your back. The other thing about running the same ultramarathon course over again is that, in addition to knowing exactly what to expect, there are also expectations: gotta run it faster, gotta place higher, gotta avoid that mental breakdown at Mile 35

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Rincon PR Lizard Map

November 20, 2014

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