ALTOONA, Pa., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alleghenies have long served as a destination for hikers, given the vast array of trails and terrain that the region offers. To share in the beauty and excitement of the region, The Alleghenies is launching a new online and print tool capturing the wealth of hiking options for visitors and residents to the region. Located in Southcentral Pennsylvania, The Alleghenies offers more than 60 hikes with trails ranging in distance from 1/2 mile to more than 30 miles in length. This variety of options opens up hikes catering to families, day hikers, and even backpackers. Today, The Alleghenies website, http://www.thealleghenies.com , will begin offering detailed hiking information to help visitors navigate a variety of hiking options. Visitors to the website will be able to select hiking trails by type, length, or degree of difficulty. Once they have determined their hike, they can then access resources such as trail descriptions, trail maps, elevation charts, and trailhead locations with GPS coordinates to help them prepare for the hike. Along with hiking information, the website is also a resource for information on local lodging and attractions as well as additional outdoor recreation opportunities in the region including, on-/off- road cycling, fishing, boating, paddling, and birding/nature viewing, etc. "The natural beauty of the mountains, coupled with the region's proximity to several large metropolitan areas, makes The Alleghenies an ideal destination for hikers," said Lisa Dailey, Cambria County visitors Bureau Executive Director. "Whether they come for a relaxing hike for the whole family or a challenging trail, the area offers a wide range of exciting options." The following is an overview of a few of the hiking routes offered in The Alleghenies: Limestone Trail Loop (Canoe Creek State Park) Length: 0.9 miles Time: 0.5 - 1 hour Elevation Change: 62 feet Trail Loop Difficulty Rating: Easy with little elevation gain GPS Coordinate (trailhead): Lat 40 29 11 Lon 78 17 00 Description: The Limestone Trail Loop offers a mix of nature and heritage exploration incorporating interpretive signs, the Blair Limestone Company kiln, a quarry, streamside hiking and geologic formations. The trails are a nice mix of double track and single track footpaths. Pike-to-Bike Trail-Old Turnpike Trail (Buchanan State Forest) Length: 8.5 Miles Time: 5 - 6 hours Elevation Change: 125 feet Trail Loop Difficulty Rating: Easy with little elevation gain GPS Coordinate (trailhead): Lat 40 00 02 Lon 78 13 42 Description: The Pike-to-Bike multi-use trail is an abandoned portion of the PA Turnpike that starts in Breezewood and heads east. The current trail alignment was constructed as a railroad in the late 1800's, designed to link eastern and western PA. The railroad was abandoned before completion. Today hikers can hike the entire route that includes two significant tunnels (bring a flashlight for travel through the tunnel). Allegheny Front Trail-East Loop (Black Moshannon State Park/Moshannon State Forest) Length: 30 miles Time: 2 - 3 days Elevation Change: 721 feet Trail Loop Difficulty Rating: Challenging terrain GPS Coordinate (trailhead): Lat 40 54 54 Lon 78 03 31 Description: This is an aggressive two-day or leisurely three-day backpacking hike utilizing the Allegheny Front Trail and two State Park trails to make the loop. The route traverses a mature hardwood forest with picturesque trout streams, scenic vistas, pine plantations, rhododendron thickets, hemlock groves and the bogs of Moss-Hanne. The Alleghenies: The Alleghenies Tourism Council is a partnership of organizations interested in further developing the tourism industry and economic development opportunities in a seven county region in Southcentral Pennsylvania. The Council works under the umbrella of the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, a non-profit economic development agency. For more information on The Alleghenies, call 1-800-458- 3433 or visit http://www.TheAlleghenies.com .
SOURCE The Alleghenies Tourism Council