Here are some of our favorite links . . .

Organizations and Government
in alphabetical order

Allegheny Front Trail - near Julian, PA

Appalachian Trail Conference

Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club - based in Reading, PA

Keystone Trails Association

Otzinachson Group of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club

Ridge and Valley Outing Club - State College, PA

Penn State Outing Club - University Park, PA

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Standing Stone Trail (formerly known as the Link Trail - Includes the 1000 Steps near Mount Union) - runs from Greenwood Furnace State Park to Cowan's Gap State Park

Warrior Trail Association - Greene County, PA


Altama - boots, footwear, mil-spec and civilian

Appalachian Ski and Outdoors - State College, PA based internet store

Brigade Quartermasters - source for mil-spec clothing, more

Backpacker Magazine - by Rodale press, this is a great resource for hikers and backpackers. Excellent reviews and no-nonsense how-to articles

Camelbak - water carriers and daypacks

Cheaper Than Dirt - name says it!

Emergency Resources - sellers of equipment designed for emergencies,
but a nice resource for outdoor activities as well

Garmin - makers of eTrex and other GPS units

The Ingredient Store - award winning FAB injection BBQ marinade, BBQ spices, as well as trail mix, and vegetarian products

Leki - trekking poles

REI Camping & Hiking - vendors of all sorts of outdoors and sporting gear. They've got darned near everything.

Sierra Trading Post - retailers of outdoor clothing and gear. Nice prices, but selection is not as good as REI

Purple Lizard Maps - makers of excellent State College Area recreational and trail maps - nice Rothrock State Forest trail list online, too.


Hiking and Related Sites - tries to be comprehensive, and does a pretty good job if you're new to an area

Get Hiking! - list of books and other hiking resources - Hiking in New Hampshire? this is an informative site with solid info.

American Hiking Reviews - Sister site of HikePA for gear reviews

Peak to Peak -  a great resource  . . . very complete

Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links
Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, Information Page -  a nice page by Dane Cramer. A solid site with recent information and photos from the trail, journal entries and even a gear checklist. - "comprehensive guide to climbing gear" contains a few dozen articles on various equipment with vendor links


William Ames photography - photos of trails, the cross at Ground Zero, national park photos, Penn State Old Main, Nittany Mountain, Civil War battlefields, and Fort McHenry

No relation whatsoever to hiking, but we like the sites! - Star Trek Fans will love this Star Trek Punk Band

Grammer Cop - check out Grammer Cop and tips on style, grammar, proofreading, punctuation and more.