Where to hike this Fall in PA!
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 October 2023 


Why We Promote PA's Trails

PA's hiking trails are one of our state's greatest assets, as they have the potential to benefit us individually and as a community.

The seemingly simple act of walking outside can greatly improve overall well-being and physical and mental health! We encourage you to enjoy the beauty of Fall by supporting your local hiking club. See the list of suggested hikes below in this issue!

Trails are a naturally neutral space where cross-cultural conversational skills and communities can be strengthened. One example of this is National Thrive Outside Day on October 7, an inspiring initiative by the Outdoor Industry Association to empower communities to make outdoor recreation an accessible lifestyle for all.

Our state's economy can benefit from adventurous residents and tourists seeking outdoor recreation opportunities through hiking our trails. We're anticipating great things in the future from PA's NEW Office of Outdoor Recreation!

Help us promote PA's trails this Autumn by tagging KTA in your fall hike pictures on Facebook or Instagram!


 KTA News & Announcements 





 Upcoming KTA Events 

Rambles #5: Appalachian Trail at Scott Farm with Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club 
October 6  | Middlesex Twp 

Start your weekend early with this lovely (approx) 6-mile out-and-back Friday afternoon hike to a scenic overlook on Blue Mountain (Kittatinny Ridge). Beginning at the Scott Farm, learn about plans for this historic property and the tireless work of the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club—stewards of this section of the Appalachian Trail.

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1-Day Trail Care at Gifford Pinchot State Park 
October 7  | Lewisberry, PA 

It's a Code Orange workday! Trail maintenance will occur on Saturday (approx 8am-4pm) only with free camping available starting Friday night through Sunday afternoon! Friends of Pinchot State Park provides lunch on Saturday.

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Intro to Backpacking: Overnight on the Loyalsock Trail
October 8-9, 2023 | Loyalsock State Forest

​​​Are you a beginner backpacker looking for more experience? This KTA  trip is for you! Join us for an introductory 14-mile overnight backpacking trip on the beautiful Loyalsock Trail (LT)!

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Trail Care for the Fearless: Shades of Death Trail
October 12-15, 2023 | Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County

Okay, it’s really not that scary! In fact, it's the park’s second most trafficked trail. It’s a wet, rocky 2.5-mile trail, with many roots, and social trails a-plenty. We intend to re-blaze the trail and decommission social trails, mitigate wet areas, and possibly construct some boardwalks!

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Rambles #6: Appalachian Trail at Bake Oven Knob with Allentown Hiking Club 
October 15  | Andreas 

Starting at the parking lot closest to Bake Oven Knob, we'll trek through the heart of the Kittatinny Ridge for a 6-mile hike on the AT. We'll pass several vistas and shelters, stop for a snack break, and traverse much of PA's famous rocky conditions (hiking boots recommended!). Throughout the hike, you'll learn about Allentown Hiking Club—one of the invaluable organizations that help care for the AT in Pennsylvania! Shuttle services are optional for this event. Lunch at a local restaurant will be on your own.

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Keystone Hike Fest (Fall Hiking Weekend)
October 20-22, 2023 | Johnstown, PA

25+ hikes to choose from including the Laurel Highlands, John P. Saylor, and more! Six amazing Sunday session options including Wilderness First Aid, Exploring PA's Parks and Forests, Geocaching, and more! Plus, plenty of time to enjoy Johnstown's downtown museums, eateries, and shops!

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Trail Care for Anyone! Beginners & Veterans Welcome
October 26-29, 2023 | Pinchot Trail System, Lackawanna County 

The 26-mile Pinchot Trail loop is great for beginner backpackers...and this trail care event is great for beginner trail maintainers! You'll get to try skills like DR mowing, brushing, digging, freshening of painted blazes, as well as some chainsaw removal of blowdowns. 

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ATV Impacts on PA Trails and Forests (in partnership with Sierra Club): Black Forest Trail
November 4, 2023 | Black Forest Trail 

Join retired forester Bob Merrill for an easy hike on a portion of the beloved Black Forest Trail. Explore approximately four miles afoot while learning about the growing threat ATVs and UTVs pose to Pennsylvania’s public lands. Pack a lunch and plenty of water plus rain gear (just in case). Meeting location is the upper parking lot at the Tiadaghton District Office (10 Lower Pine Bottom Road, Waterville, PA 17776). After our meetup, we will caravan to the trailhead. You must wear orange!

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National Take A Hike Day with KTA
November 17, 2023 | Fort Hunter Conservancy, Harrisburg, PA 

Get outdoors for some fresh air, scenery, and exercise at Fort Hunter Conservancy! Join us for a strenuous, mountain hike ending with a picturesque view of the Susquehanna River. This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield and in partnership with Dauphin County Parks and Rec.

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 Trail Care Update 

16 hearty and dedicated volunteers contributed 200 hours of trail work to the Golden Eagle Trail!

Read the September Wrap-Up!


 October Events with Local Clubs & Orgs 


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