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A "must have" if you're hiking in Central Pennsylvania. Check here for an in-depth review of the 10th edition…11th coming soon!

This is a classic book for hikers in Pennsylvania, written by Tom Thwaites, "father" of the Mid State Trail, it's filled with history and his personal expertise in the region.

Same as above, but focuses on the "left" part of the state


The Short Hiker:
Small Green Circles

By Jean Aron, a prominent figure in central PA hiking.
Many of the hikes can be completed in a summer evening, but there is something for everyone.

Like hiking and literature? So did Penn State English Professor Ian Marshall, who has composed this excellent book on his experiences with the two.

An excellent and often revised guide to the east's longest trail. A good read with lots of sound information.


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