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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia: Four-season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware Paperback – March 16, 2010
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From the Back Cover
AMC’s Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia will take you through 50 of the region’s best hikes for all levels. Ideal for families, tourists, and even locals, this easy-to-use guide will help you explore Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware year-round, from lesser-known excursions to area favorites, including several hikes on the Appalachian Trail.
Take a walk through historic Valley Forge, discover the beautiful French Creek State Park, see the Pinnacle’s spectacular views, and visit New Jersey’s famed Pine Barrens. Each trip includes useful information such as a detailed map showing parking areas and natural highlights, and a summary of trip characteristics. Many hikes are accessible by public transportation, making it easy for you to get out on the trail. You’ll even find tips on the area’s best snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, along with essays on the region’s flora and fauna.
Inside You’ll Find:
- GPS coordinates to the start of each hike
- Locator Map and "At-a-Glance Trip Planner" for easy planning
- Detailed maps showing parking areas, trails, and natural highlights
- Summaries of time, distance, and difficulty level for each trail
- Hiking and safety tips, including advice on what to carry in your pack
- Essays about the flora, fauna, and historic landmarks of the Philadelphia area
About the Author
Susan Charkes lives in southeast Pennsylvania, and is a hike leader with AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter and a trail maintainer with AMC-DV and Batona Hiking Club of Philadelphia. She writes frequently on nature, environment and the outdoors, including the Nature’s Way” and Nature of Bucks” columns for the Bucks County Herald. She works in the land conservation field.
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For example, under Kelly's Run it shows a non-existant trail leading northwest from the Pinnacle Overlook. Under The Pinnacle and The Pulpit, it shows the Hamburg Reservoir uphill near the Pinnacle Trail, while in reality this body of water is down near the trailhead. The worst I found was the Glen Onoko Falls/Lehigh Gorge State Park, where the text misplaces power lines by miles, and fails to mention a network of broad, mowed service roads. (Unfortunately, park maps and blazes on this hike are also not very good.) We never found some key turnoff and had to retrace our steps.
Maps have scales and North marked on them, but are hand drawn. They also lack elevation contour lines, which would be a helpful upgrade.
Generally, I recommend this book, but take along some supplemental maps and online descriptions as well.
For example, I've hiked the trails of Valley Forge Historical Park hundreds of times. And of Hickory Run State Park. I know each area well, but I was surprised to learn new details of these familiar places from Susan Charkes' book. Although I may not hike all 50 of the hikes in her book, reading her book has enticed me to add new hikes to my familiar hiking repertoire.