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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
If you get into the mountains, you get into rocks, pretty much. At least, that's been my experience.
I'm not sure of much up your way, but here in Berks, there are a few spots that have trails along rivers/canals with gravel bedded trails that are super easy on the joints/feet.
Also, look for things like state forest with service roads that are open to vehicles. Not the most "back country" experience, but if they're vehicle-traveled roads, the rocks can't be as horrid as they are on the AT and similar. There's a chunk of Weiser state forest near me that has a dirt/gravel road that goes about 3 miles and climbs 1000'-ish feet that I plan to use as a training hike for my elk hunt, since it's more about the climb and less about the rocks. There are rocky trails I plan to hit, too, just to acclimate to rocks, too.