Pennsylvania

Just as the foliage of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic reveals its more colorful side, so do the region’s orchards bear fruit of similar hues. For many, an October apple-picking trip begins with a hayride and ends with a mug of steaming mulled cider. Why not lace up your boots or hop on your bike and…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 2 withdrew its decision to delay the 2015 ozone standards amid legal challenges from environmental and public health groups and 16 states.  The move indicates there was no basis for the delay, according to Georgia Murray, staff scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). AMC was among the…

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The natural scenery of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic reveals a dramatic geological history, shaped over centuries by glaciers and volcanoes. For the observant hiker, clues as small as a pebble or as large as a mountainside can teach us about the landscape and its formation. Look for those telltale signs—and enjoy the hiking—in these eight…

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For a trail-loving runner, the search for a new stretch of off-road running never ends. I’ve lived in towns from Downeast Maine to Philadelphia, and the urge to explore defined many of my runs. In each spot I found a local go-to destination for regular runs, but I also kept looking for new trails, perhaps…

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American Rivers, a waterway protection organization, publishes an annual ranking of America’s most endangered waterways. Threats include poor environmental protection, damming, deforestation, and pollution, yet the rivers on this list still feature spectacular potential for canoeing and kayaking. These four endangered rivers, from the last three years’ lists, are each worth exploring: 1. MERRIMACK RIVER…

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The Appalachian Trail (AT) cuts an iconic, white-blazed path along the eastern United States, but did you know those 2,190 miles are the spine of a far more complex trail system? Thousands of miles of blue-blazed side trails add to a network offering some of the region’s best hiking in any season. Strap on your…

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You might not know it, but deer and moose aren’t the only antlered giants roaming the Northeast. Elk can still be found in north-central Pennsylvania. The 1,000 or so elk currently living in the state aren’t descended from native, pre-Colonial herds. Overhunting wiped out the Eastern elk by the 1870s, according to Jeremy Banfield, a…

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More than six decades after transitioning to newer methods, Pennsylvania is returning to a tried-and-true approach toward combating forest fires: fire towers. The state plans to replace up to 25 existing towers and to build two new ones by summer 2017. Fire wardens and volunteers will staff the towers during the height of fire season,…

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On a rugged Allegheny mountainside in south-central Pennsylvania winds a ribbon of pavement that’s stuck in time. Shielded as much by a canopy of trees as an eerie mystique, the road is slowly yielding to nature’s reclamation. Grassy medians long ago spilled their banks, and oaks and maples have gained a firm foothold, interrupting the…

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From forestry to mining to farming, much of the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic has seen industrial use. But in many places, nature is once again taking hold, with forests colonizing formerly cultivated fields and overgrowing the remnants of mines. When hiking in these reclaimed settings, keep an eye out for stone walls, cellar holes, and…

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