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Need suggestions for a backpacking trip

My friend and I are tossing around the idea of doing a little backpacking trip in the early fall to coincide with small game season and we were wondering if anyone could give us some suggestions on where to go.

We'd like to park the cars, hike a few hours to a spot, camp for 3 nights then hike back to the cars. We're looking to do some hunting/fishing the days we're at camp. I was thinking one of the state forests or the ANF but not sure how "remote" they can be.

Right now we camp for trout season but we camp at a camp ground in a state park. It's close to rustic as a state park gets, no amenities really. They have a vault toilet and that's about it. It's still a camp ground though. We'd like something a little further off the beaten path.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas they would be greatly appreciated.
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Not sure about fishing but there are quite a few state forests that you could hike/camp/hunt. Thunder Swamp Trail System in Pike Co has some streams along the trails, not sure how the fishing is though.

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Re: Need suggestions for a backpacking trip

The Tiadaghton State Forest/Pine Creek area are perfect for that sort of thing. I've backpacked there in the summer and hunted in the fall. There are trailheads with parking areas and a pretty extensive marked trail system. Of course there is fishing in Pine Creek and tribs.

If you go up from the creek the climb is very steep and vice versa. Or you can drive up on the plateau and just stay up there, there are a lot of dirt roads through the area. You could spend days just exploring the dirt roads. Some of the trails have lookouts over the Grand Canyon. Along the creek I'm sure you'll see people if it's warm out but up on the trails I think you will be pretty much alone unless it leads to a lookout then you might see someone. Along the creek they have converted the old railroad tracks to a rails to trails.

There is a book "Short Hikes in Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon" by Chuck Dillon that list 56 hikes in the area. You don't really need more than a topo map but the book might help. Not sure of the boundaries but that area in general has the Tiadaghton, Tioga, and Sproul State Forests. It's a very pretty area.

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Re: Need suggestions for a backpacking trip

Thanks I'll look into that as well.
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Tiadaghton area has golden eagle trail it is a tuff hike ten miles lots of elevation ,vistas ,the rail trail bike path is also there.There is free camping in a few spots.
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Re: Need suggestions for a backpacking trip

Try the Loyalsock trail in lycoming and sulivan counties. It's primarily in state forest and state park. I've hiked quite a bit of it in the past and always saw game. Good grouse numbers in some spots up there, not quite as much as ANF, but worthwhile to hunt.

A great trail guide is available from the Williamsport trail club.
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My son has backpacked quite a lot in the ANF and a few other spots in Pennsylvania. His favorite for rugged country is Sproul State Forest. The last trip there, they saw a couple elk and bear. Not sure regarding the small game populations. The literature says they have 400 miles of streams, 12 of which are classified as Wilderness Trout Water. However, I think extended season trout fishing is only permitted on "approved trout water". You will need to check the regs. Be aware that places near any horseback ranches see traffic during the time the leaves are changing color. Something to ask the Park personnel about during the planning stage. Sounds like a fun trip.
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Re: Need suggestions for a backpacking trip

I'm interested in this as well.

My backpacking experience is in the Adirondacks and our West.
I don't know Pennsylvania backpacking trails at all.

But I found this trip in the Loyalsock Forest,
and am thinking about doing it in a few months.
It's the Loyalsock-Link Loop.

It's listed as a 17 mile 1.5 to2.5 day loop.
Looks like you could park a car at World's End State Park
and it wouldn't require shuttling cars between two spots.

Here's the State Forest Map for the loop:
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd1/...cnr_002940.pdf

It's listed in the book:
Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Hikes
http://tinyurl.com/49bjbx6

Here's a blog I found about the loop:
http://www.midatlantichikes.com/loyalsock1.htm
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Re: Need suggestions for a backpacking trip

Thanks for all of the help!
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Susqhehannock Trail in Potter County, specifically, the Hammersley Wild Area.



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