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Hiking

Thirty-three miles of shared-use trails are open to hiking, with additional trail mileage also open on adjoining public lands.    Marked trails are presently available on the Haldeman and Greenland Tracts in northern Dauphin County. Additionally, thirteen miles of shared-use trails are open to the public on Lykens Borough municipal lands and eight miles on State Game Lands 210. There are also marked trails on the Roaring Creek Tract in southern Northumberland and Columbia Counties. The Miners Path Trails on the Roaring Creek tract were developed using old maps with delineated foot paths used by coal miners. Miners traveled across the Roaring Creek valley to work in the mines in the Wilburton and Natalie area. An eight-mile shared-use trail also runs through the valley along the creek and reservoirs, for those who wish a more leisurely hike or walk. Hikers can enjoy numerous unmarked trails throughout the Weiser State Forest.
 
State forest roads are also available for recreational use: about 20 miles of roads on the Dauphin County tracts and 30 miles on tracts in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties.
 
The Appalachian Trail traverses Pennsylvania for 229 miles, approximately 114 miles pass through the Weiser Forest District, four miles of which are located on State Forest land. The trail enters the northeast end of the District where Carbon County intersects with Monroe and Northampton Counties.     From this point it continues along the Blue Mountain ridge top to the Lehigh Water Gap near Palmerton. Then, it follows along the boundary between Schuylkill and Berks Counties, to Swatara Gap in Lebanon County, where it crosses the historic Waterville Bridge. From there it swings north crossing three ridges until it reaches the top of Peters Mountain just east of the Dehart Reservoir. It then follows the top of Peters Mountain until it leaves the district, crossing the Susquehanna River on the Clark’s Ferry Bridge. The Appalachian Trail is a National Recreational Trail administered by the National Park Service. For more information about hiking the Appalachian Trail, please visit their web site at http://www.appalachiantrail.org.