TO TRAILHEAD: I-76 W to US 202 S to US 30 W to PA 82 S to PA 372 W (Coatesville). Drive 32 mi., cross Susquehanna River, and turn R onto McCalls Ferry Rd. Park in Historic Lock 12 lot on R.
Walk 6.8 miles out and back on a rocky singletrack path into an intimate ravine streaming with cold, blue mountain waters. The hike ends at a quiet Appalachian high point.
Hike, bike, or snowshoe this 3.1-mile loop to pioneer ruins and a relaxing waterfall in Patapsco State Park, a short drive from downtown.
This beautiful 4.3-mile loop adjacent to the Illinois River adds welcome relief--waterfalls, sculpted sandstone canyons, and impressive overlooks--to the usually pancake-flat landscape.
Hear the deep calls of trumpeter swans on this 7.8-mile hike along a wild river corridor to limestone cliffs, prairies, and wooded hills where coyotes, deer, and turkey roam.
Paddle the Buffalo National River into a narrow valley pinched by steep rock walls, then hike up to the largest waterfall in the Midwest on this 9.9-mile trip.
This short hike threads through a hoodoo-filled climbing mecca with outrageous scenery and countless sidetrip options.
Only 8 miles from downtown, this diverse 3.4-mile loop curves gently around a pair of crystal-clear lakes (bring binocs to watch waterfowl) to an old trading post.
This 8.8-mile, out-and-back wooded hike runs the spine of the Appalachian Mountains to one of the most remote AT shelters in Pennsylvania.
Pass 21 waterfalls on this 6.2-mile, five-star loop through a wrinkled ravine and tranquil forest in Ricketts Glen State Park.
Solitude rules on this 9.4-mile out-and-back hike along Little Kachess Lake to rock gardens ablaze with wildflowers,giant green forests, and a quiet lakeside hideout.
Philadelphia: Ridley Creek State Park
Find Hikes In:
Major US Cities |
US States |
National Parks and Regional Parks
Subscribe to Backpacker Magazine |
Subscription Services |
Contact Backpacker |
Backpacker Masthead |
Backpacker Magazine Mission |
Employment at Backpacker |
Backpacker Contributor Guidelines |
Advertise with Backpacker |
Gear Testing Policy |
Reader Service |
Sponsorship Policy |
Explore other Active Interest Media brands:
Log Home Living
Timber Home Living
Copyright ®2013 Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. an Active Interest Media company