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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