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This website was created and is maintained by an educator that is dedicated to delivering..
MAPS, GPS Data and DETAIL about PA Trails like no other!

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Below are books, pocket guides, field guides or maps that I have found informative for the Pennsylvania Outdoorsman.


Page Table of Contents

Survival Book
     Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival
Backpacking or Hiking Books
     Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, A Guide to Hiking.., 13th Ed.
     Backpacking Pennsylvania, 37 Great Hikes, 2nd Ed.
     50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania, 4th Ed.
     50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania, 4th Ed.
     50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania, 4th Ed.
     Pennsylvania Waterfalls, 1st Ed.
     Keystone Canoeing
Trail Guides with Maps
     Black Forest Trail & Side Trails
     Bucktail Path
     Chuck Keiper Trail
     Golden Eagle Trail
     John P. Saylor Trail
     Loyalock Trail & Side Trails
     Mid State Trail
     Old Loggers Path
     Susquehannock Trail
     West Rim Trail

Animals / Birds / Trees Pocket Guide
     Trees of Pennsylvania Field Guide
     Scats & Tracks of the Northeast
     Familiar Mammals of North America
     Familiar Animal Tracks of North America
     Familiar Trees of North America, East
     Familiar Birds of North America, East
     Insects & Spiders
Miscellaneous Books
     Tom Brown's Field Guide to Natural Observation & Tracking
     GPS Made Easy, Using GPS in the Outdoors, 4th Ed.

* Click on any of the links to be taken directly to that piece of information



Note: The KTA & the DCNR offer good descriptions & maps for a wide variety of trails in PA. You can also call the DCNR and request maps for trails in PA that you plan on hiking. They will send them to you for free!



Survival Books

Name: Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival
Author: Tom Brown Jr. with Brandt Morgan
Publication Date: 1983
My Thoughts: Great book, I really like the information provided, it is very practical & useful. The book is also easy to read with pretty good black & white illustrations.








Backpacking or Hiking Books

Name: Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, A Guide to Hiking Opportunities in the Keystone State, 12th Ed.
Author: Keystone Trails Association (KTA)
Publication Date: 1998
My Thoughts: Great book with a large number of trails published, good descriptions, campsites, vistas, markers, maps (weak) , but not every detail is illustrated. The 13th edition is planned for release in 2007. The KTA also offers a wide variety of trail guides & maps for many backpacking trails.

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Name: Backpacking Pennsylvania, 37 Great Hikes
Author: Jeff Mitchell
Publication Date: 2005
My Thoughts: Good book, usual information expected from a hiking book. This book is not real detailed, but it does give the major information about the hikes.

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Name: Hiking Pennsylvania, 2nd Ed.
Author: Rhonda & George Ostertag
Publication Date: 2002
My Thoughts: This has a wide variety of day hikes and backpacking trips listed. The hikes are broken down into regions. This book also provides trail descriptions, maps, and basic information about the trail.

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Name: 50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania, From the Great Valley to the Allegheny Plateau, 4th Ed.
Author: Tom Thwaites
Publication Date: 2001
My Thoughts: This book is geared more towards the day hiker. It has a few backpacking trips listed and described at the end. It is another good book for day hikes with trail descriptions, markings and small Topo maps printed on pages.

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Name: 50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania, From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Pocono & North Mountains, 4th Ed.
Author: Tom Thwaites
Publication Date: 2001
My Thoughts: I have not read this book nor do I own it, but I have seen it and it does have the same format as the Central PA book. So I would probably say it is useful.

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Name: 50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania, Walks & Hikes form the Laurel Highlands to Lake Erie, 4th Ed.
Author: Tom Thwaites
Publication Date: 2001
My Thoughts: I have not read this book nor do I own it, but I have seen it and it does have the same format as the Central PA book. So I would probably say it is useful.

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Name: Pennsylvania Waterfalls, A Guide for Hikers & Photographers, 1st Ed.
Author: Scott E. Brown
Publication Date: 2004
My Thoughts: Awesome waterfalls book, it has some interesting information in it, including waterfall ratings, GPS coordinates, the county the falls are in, the distance of the hike and more.

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Name: Keystone Canoeing, A Guide to Canoeable Waters of Eastern Pennsylvania
Author: Edward Gertler
Publication Date: 1993
My Thoughts: Definitely a keeper for the recreational or extremist when it comes to canoeing & kayaking. This book covers all of PA and its streams, from small to large. Great layout, nice descriptions too.








Trail Guides with Maps

Name: Black Forest Trail & side trails
Author: Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighter's Association
Publication Date: 2003+
Map: Black Forest Trail (1, double-sided, colored map)
Author: Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighter's Association
Publication Date: 1997
My Thoughts: Doesn't get any better than this for detail, mapping & campsites than this. The map is very good.
DCNR State Forest Map: Tiadaghton
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/blackforesttrail/index.htm

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Name: Bucktail Path
Author: KTA
Publication Date: 1998 Map: Bucktail Path (1 b&w map)
Map: None, you need to provide your own
Author: KTA
Publication Date: 1998
My Thoughts: Vague guide with distorted map, but it does the job and it is better than nothing.
DCNR State Forest Map: Elk
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/bucktailpath/index.htm

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Name: Chuck Keiper Trail (THERE IS NO GUIDE OR MAP FOR THIS TRAIL! EMAIL ME FOR INFORMATION INCLUDING MAPS)
Author:
Publication Date:
Map: None, you need to provide your own
Author:
Publication Date:
My Thoughts:
DCNR State Forest Map: Sproul
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/chuckkeipertrail/index.htm

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Name: Golden Eagle Trail
Author: Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighter's Association
Publication Date: 2003+
Map: Black Forest Trail (1, double-sided, colored map)
Author: Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighter's Association
Publication Date: 1997
My Thoughts: Doesn't get any better than this for detail, mapping & campsites than this. The map is very good.
DCNR State Forest Map: Tiadaghton
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/goldeneagletrail/index.htm

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Name: John P. Saylor Trail Guidebook
Author: Scott Adams
Publication Date: 2012 Map: John P. Saylor Trail (1 back-to-back colored TOPO! map)
Map: 1 colored 24K equivalent quality maps with elevation profile of both loops are provided if you buy the guide and maps
Author: PAHikes.com
Publication Date: 2012
My Thoughts: The map is okay. It provides mile markers , parking areas and points of interest, but not campsite or water sources, its small too.
DCNR State Forest Map: Gallitzin
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/johnsaylortrail/index.htm

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Name: Loyalsock Trail & side trails
Author: The Alpine Club of Williamsport
Publication Date: 2005 Map: Loyalsock Trail (3 colored maps!)
Map: 3 colored 24K equivalent quality maps are provided if you buy the guide and maps
Author: The Alpine Club of Williamsport
Publication Date: 2005
My Thoughts: Doesn't get any better than this for detail, mapping & campsites than this. The maps are awesome!
DCNR State Forest Map: Loyalsock
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/loyalsocktrail/index.htm

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Name: Guide to Mid State Trail in the Seven Mountains of Pennsylvania, 11th Edition
Author: Mid State Trail Association, Inc.
Publication Date: 2008
Map: Mid State Trail (>9 double-sided B&W 24K equivalent quality maps with additional symbols hand drawn on the map.)
Author: The Alpine Club of Williamsport
Publication Date: Various (MST is being expanded Northward)
My Thoughts: The guide is very thick and explains the basics along the trail, the maps are the usual USGS 7.5
DCNR State Forest Map: The list is very long! Bear with me on this one.
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/midstatetrail/index.htm

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Name: Old Loggers Path (THERE IS NO GUIDE OR MAP FOR THIS TRAIL! EMAIL ME FOR INFORMATION INCLUDING MAPS)
Author:
Publication Date:
Map: None, you need to provide your own
Author:
Publication Date:
My Thoughts:
DCNR State Forest Map: Loyalsock
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/oldloggerspath/index.htm

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Name: Susquehannock Trail System
Author: Chuck Dillon
Publication Date: 1997
Map: Susquehannock Trail System (3, double-sided b&w maps)
Author: Pine Creek Press
Publication Date: 1991
My Thoughts: Doesn't get any better than this for detail, mapping & campsites than this. The maps are nice.
DCNR State Forest Map: Susquehannock
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/sSusquehannocktrail/index.htm

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Name: West Rim Trail
Author: Chuck Dillon
Publication Date: 1999
Map: West Rim Trail (1, double-sided b&w map)
Author: Pine Creek Press
Publication Date: 1996
My Thoughts: Doesn't get any better than this for detail, mapping & campsites than this. The map is very nice.
DCNR State Forest Map: Tioga
DCNR Trail Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/hiking/stateforesttrails/westrimtrail/index.htm

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Note: As I complete more trails I will post the guides & maps available for them.








Animal/Birds/Trees Pocket Guides

Name: Trees of Pennsylvania Field Guide
Author: Stan Tekiela
Publication Date: 2004
Printing Date: 2004
My Thoughts: The best pocket guide tree book I have found so far. This book contains 117 species of trees in PA only! It has good pictures of the leaves, nice pictures of the bark, cones, fruit, flowers. This book also separates the trees by leaf type & attachment.

Name: Scats & Tracks of the Northeast
Author: James C. Halfpenny, PhD & Jim Buchan
Publication Date: 2001
Printing Date: 2001
My Thoughts: Awesome little pocket guide that goes into some depth when it comes to animal tracks and scats. This book provides drawn illustrations of the animals, their tracks and their scat.

Name: Familiar Mammals of North America
Author: National Audubon Society
Publication Date: 1988
Printing Date: 2000
My Thoughts: Great pocket guide with colored pictures, tracks and a general lay-out for all animals.

Name: Familiar Animal Tracks of North America
Author: National Audubon Society
Publication Date: 1993
Printing Date: N/A
My Thoughts: It looks like a pretty decent pocket guide similar to their others.

Name: Familiar Trees of North America East
Author: National Audubon Society
Publication Date: 1986
Printing Date: 2003
My Thoughts: A good tree book with tree silhouettes, descriptions & pictures that are in color. Pictures include the bark & a big leaves picture. It is a good guide, but the bark picture should be bigger.

Name: Familiar Birds of North America East
Author: National Audubon Society
Publication Date: 1986
Printing Date: 2002
My Thoughts: Just like the others, it has good pictures on the right page with the birds description on the left page.

Name: Insects & Spiders
Author: National Audubon Society
Publication Date: 1988
Printing Date: 1999
My Thoughts: Just like the others, it has good pictures on the right page with the insect descriptions on the left page.








Miscellaneous Books to Consider

Name: Tom Brown's Field Guide to Natural Observation & Tracking
Author: Tom Brown Jr. with Brandt Morgan
Publication Date: 1983
My Thoughts: Looks like another excellent book offered by Mr. Brown. I haven't started to read it yet, but it looks very informative and provides illustration in black & white.

Name: GPS Made Easy, Using Global Positioning Systems in the Outdoors, 4th Ed.
Author: Lawrence Letham
Publication Date: 2003
My Thoughts: Good book that talks about all aspects of using a GPS outdoors, both technical with mapping.




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*Please remember, the information posted on this page and all other pages can & probably will change. I assume no liability for accidents happening to, or injuries sustained by, readers who engage in the activities posted on my entire website including links. Remember, you are responsible for your own actions, please understand conditions on the trail, in the woods or on the river can/will change due to mother nature. Please don’t assume I know all there is about such topics, unfortunately I do not. I am just posting my travels and opinions experienced out in the wilderness. I encourage you to read further and look to reliable resources like the PA Game & Fish Commission and the PA DCNR. Thank You.