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.
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.

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!

Rockton Mountain Trails: Four Season Adventures in Moshannon, PA

Rockton Mountain Trails: Four Season Adventures in Moshannon, PA

December 02, 2017

Rockton Mountain Trails is a great trail system designed for bicycling, hiking, running, and cross-country skiing in the southwestern corner of Moshannon State Forest. Three looped trails are open to cycling, totaling over 12 miles of trails. Two more loops with an additional 10+ miles are designated as cross-country skiing and hiking only.

Finding Fall Backpacking Adventure in Pine Creek, PA

Finding Fall Backpacking Adventure in Pine Creek, PA

November 28, 2017

Ready to enjoy a late season 3-day backpacking trip? Purple Lizard's Trail Guru Dave Gantz and Lizard Blog Contributor Emily Newman hiked a portion of the West Rim Trail and offer this blog to help inspire you on our own fall adventures!
White Mountain Ridge Trail: A Hiking Adventure in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA

White Mountain Ridge Trail: A Hiking Adventure in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA

November 23, 2017

Explore this fantastic forest on the White Mountain Ridge Trail within Penns Creek Wild Area. This Wild Area along Penns Creek is in the heart of Bald Eagle State Forest. Because this loop covers a lot of road time, it can also be done as a car or bicycle shuttle option. The bicycle option should be used for the road miles (White Mountain Ridge Trail is shared-use, but it's very rough going on a bicycle). The road sections are remote, and as such you may very well hike along them and never see a car!


10-mile Gentle Hiking Loop in Prime Elk Habitat: Quehanna Wild Area, PA

10-mile Gentle Hiking Loop in Prime Elk Habitat: Quehanna Wild Area, PA

November 12, 2017

Follow along with us on a gentle, but remote 10-mile hike through prime elk habitat in Central PA. Besides a section of State Game Lands, this lovely loop is completely within the nearly 50,000 acre Quehanna Wild Area. This is the largest Wild Area in Pennsylvania, and is home to all of the best wildlife that PA has to offer: bear, deer, elk, bobcat, coyote, rattlesnakes, fishers and more. The two short climbs on this loop only gain about 100 feet of elevation and the classic Central PA rocks are non-existent.
Rail Trail Fun: The Lower Trail Near Altoona, PA

Rail Trail Fun: The Lower Trail Near Altoona, PA

November 12, 2017

Lower Trail is a 17-mile rail trail passage, which includes benches, covered pavilions, picnic areas, and historic signs for users to relax and enjoy the history of this area. Multiple bridges along the trail add to the adventure! Follow along as we describe this four-season public use trail!

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!
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.


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!
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.

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.

Prime Time For Elk: PA Elk Scenic Drive and A Quehanna Wild Area Adventure

Prime Time For Elk: PA Elk Scenic Drive and A Quehanna Wild Area Adventure

August 18, 2017

Elk are truly majestic animals, and they're really big! Cows weigh about 500 lbs and Bulls can weigh up to 700 lbs. Since elk populations move frequently, the best ways to find elk are to drive or hike throughout their range. Purple Lizard's newest map, Moshannon-Quehanna, highlights hundreds of miles of roads and trails in the heart of elk country.

Exploring Quehanna Highway: Hoover Farm Viewing Area

Exploring Quehanna Highway: Hoover Farm Viewing Area

August 01, 2017

The Hoover Farm Viewing Area has something for everyone interested in exploring Quehanna. Visitors love this destination because it is a great place to experience the wild beauty of Quehanna, spend some time in hopes of seeing, photographing, or hearing elk and other wildlife, and just getting away from the hustle of everyday life.
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.

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.
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

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!
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!

Four Fall Adventures

Four Fall Adventures

November 05, 2016

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?

All New Pine Creek Purple Lizard Map!

All New Pine Creek Purple Lizard Map!

August 25, 2016

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.

Plan your Rincon, Puerto Rico Escape

Plan your Rincon, Puerto Rico Escape

January 13, 2016

Holiday Reflections from The Lizard

Holiday Reflections from The Lizard

December 10, 2015


"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

New Release: Athens, Zaleski and Lake Hope Lizard Map

October 21, 2015


Rincon PR Lizard Map

November 20, 2014

Health Warning

June 27, 2013