Backpacking adventures are plentiful and incredible in the 500,000-acre Allegheny National Forest. Allegheny Outfitters offers two regular unguided overnight wilderness hiking trips in the forest. They are offered April through October and include an ultralight hiking pack rental (child carrier packs are available) and shuttle service. Details are below. Five days advance reservations are required. If you are considering a backpacking trip you don't see here -- or want to combine padding, camping and hiking - let us know! Our staff spends a lot of time on the river and in the woods and can help you plan the perfect hiking vacation. Never done an overnight hiking trip? Check out our gear checklist for overnight and day hiking trips.
We offer high quality, clean ultralight hiking gear rentals. Each component can be broken down individually per day (backpack, tent, sleeping pad, cooking stove, etc.). Contact us for more information.
Trailhead vehicle shuttles can be arranged with prior coordination. There is a $150 minimum fee for the North Country Trail shuttle to Willow Bay which includes one vehicle shuttled to the Route 59 destination.
Trailhead shuttles to Tanbark trailhead at Heart's Content Recreation Area has a $70 minimum shuttle fee for one vehicle.
Please contact us for rates regarding multiple vehicles.
Cost: $100 per person includes two-day ultralight backpack rental, tent, gps (one per group), packing list, shuttle to trailhead, and having your vehicle shuttled to end point on Route 59 so it is there when you finish. Two person minimum. (add $15 per person for each additional day)
This 16-mile hike begins at the Willow Bay recreation area in the Allegheny National Forest. That's where our shuttle will drop off you and your party. Over the next two to three days you'll experience some of the most beautiful sights the Allegheny National Forest has to offer, including the Allegheny Reservoir. A more detailed look at the terrain on this hike is below.
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Cost: $60 per person includes two-day ultralight backpack rental, tent, gps (one per group), packing list, shuttle to trailhead, and having your vehicle shuttled to end point on Route 62 so it is there when you finish. Two person minimum.
This 9-mile hike begins at the Hearts Content Recreation Area in the Allegheny National Forest. That's where our shuttle will drop off you and your party. Over the next two days you'll be making your way unguided along a trail through one of America's great hardwood forests. The trail boasts impressive boulders, rock outcrops and scenic streams with cascades. Vegetation includes a thick understory of ferns; mountain laurel; groves of hemlocks and pines; and open meadows and glades. The hike is considered "easy to moderate" but there are sections where you'll feel the burn. The elevation change is about 800 feet total. Terrain is rolling or level in several spots, but punctuated with ascents and descents reaching 200 vertical feet where the trail crosses stream valleys and glens. The trail's most difficult terrain is at the northern end -- in this case, right where you end. There, the trail descends 800 feet over two miles, with the section closest to 62 being particularly steep. Primitive camping is plentiful throughout the forest. You end your trip on Route 62, where your vehicle will be waiting for you (we shuttle your vehicle to the site).