The Alleghenies Offer Diverse Hiking Opportunities for All Skill Levels

May 24, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Alleghenies Tourism Council

    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, , 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 .

SOURCE The Alleghenies Tourism Council