for Immediate Release
the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 18-20
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources’ Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to sample the
rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series
of hikes steps off Friday, July 18.
its 11th year, the increasingly popular hiking program links forest
visitors with guides from the Bureau of Forestry, Keystone Trails Association
and local civic and sportsmen’s groups.
could ask for a more perfect destination than thousands of mountainous acres to
explore by way of incredible trails? That's
exactly what keeps 'Prowl the Sproul' participants coming back year after year
from across the state," said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti. “This unique
invitation is extended by the folks who best know this forest district amid the
wide variety of trails in Sproul State Forest has been selected to offer hikers
a variety of terrain and scenery before Prowl the Sproul events close Sunday,
and KTA guides have selected many of the most popular trails in the state
forest, including the Donut Hole, Chuck Keiper, T-Squared, Jack Paulhamus/GARBY,
and several trails featured in Tom Twaites’ book, “50 Hikes in Central
Pa.” This year, the event will again
feature new hikes, and guides will lead hikers off the beaten path to see some
of the lesser-known, natural jewels of Sproul State Forest.
noted hikes are planned to waterfalls, overlooks, old railroad grades, unique
woodlands and flora that “make Sproul truly unique among our 20 state forest
districts.” Guided hikes ranging from 3.9 to 12 miles offer hikers a variety of
difficulty levels, terrain and scenery.
a newcomer to the joys of hiking, there’s no better way to be introduced than
with skilled, knowledgeable group leaders guiding you to some of the most
scenic hiking areas in the state,” Ferretti noted.
total, the weekend will feature 18 guided hikes: three on Friday; 10 Saturday;
and five Sunday. Participants are advised to register early as each hike will
be limited to 20 participants.
veterans or those seeking to challenge themselves can sign up - limited to the
first 20 individuals - for the Chuck Keiper Slackpack, where they will cover
the entire 50 miles of the Chuck Keiper Trail over the three-day weekend. Register via the KTA website at www.kta-hike.org.
1956, KTA is a 1,300-member umbrella organization made up of 44 hiking and
outdoors organizations in and around Pennsylvania.
KTA, DCNR's Bureau of Forestry is teaming up with the Western Clinton
Sportsmen's Association to introduce association members and the public to the
wealth of hiking opportunities found in north central Pennsylvania.
the PA Trail Dogs will host the sixth annual Prowl the Sproul 10K on Saturday,
July 19. The course features a grueling
3-mile climb from the Western Clinton County Sportsmen’s Environmental
Education Center to the top of Little McCloskey Hollow and then 3.5-miles of
downhill trail. Organized by sponsors of the Hyner View Challenge, the race is
billed as among the most challenging 10Ks in the state. Participants can register on the KTA website
or by emailing Craig Fleming at email@example.com.
and lodging options are available for the weekend, but reservations must be
made. Visit the KTA website -- www.kta-hike.org
-- to download a registration form. For
general information, contact Sproul State Forest District Office, 15187 Renovo
Road, Renovo, 570-923-6011; or visit DCNR online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Terry Brady, 717-772-9101