Trail Alerts and Latest Conditions
- Living with Black Bears in Pennsylvania
- Avoiding Bear conflicts
- How to hang a Bear Bag
- How NOT to hang a Bear Bag
Ticks, which carry Lyme disease and other serious illnesses, are a risk on any hike. The northeastern United States—from Massachusetts to Maryland—has the highest concentration of reported cases of Lyme disease. Bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets can leave painful stings, but usually don't attack unless they are attacked first.
- Lyme disease on the rise in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 30, 2013
- Four common ticks in Pennsylvania
- Bees and other stingers
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are plants that can cause a skin rash called allergic contact dermatitis when they touch your skin. Learn more about recognizing, avoiding and treating infections caused by this plants commonly found along Trails in Pennsylvania.
It is THE LAW for all persons (INCLUDING HIKERS) on State Game Lands (MANY footpaths, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, use Game Lands) to wear a BLAZE ORANGE cap or vest, from November 15 through December 15: 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange-colored material on the head, chest and back combined so that it is visible in a 360 degree arc.