I've completed three backpacking guidebooks for Pennsylvania trails by simply strapping a GPS onto my pack (now it's a watch around my wrist), strapping my pack and gear onto my back, grabbing and pushing a one-meter diameter wheel, and stopping frequently to take detailed field notes with a pen and pad while hiking a specific trail.
My guidebooks can be purchased at various outfitters and websites, including pahikes.com
I've also contribute nearly 100 adventure blogs to the Purple Lizard Maps website. My writing has also been featured in an array of local and regional publications throughout the years.
"The Old Loggers Path Guide" was published in 2014. The second edition was published in 2020. This guide describes the 27.1 mile backpacking loop trail located just north of Williamsport, PA. Click here to view: pahikes.com
"The Guide to The Chuck Keiper Trail" was just published in the spring on 2016. This book describes multiple backpacking loops and day hikes in Sproul State Forest. Learn more here: pahikes.com "Wild Footpaths: The Bucktail Path and Adjoining Trails in Elk State Forest" was published in 2018. This guide describes the somewhat unknown 34-mile Bucktail Path along with several side trails that branch off of this main path. Learn more here: pahikes.com
Press Release for the OLP Guide 12.12.14:
Endangered Pennsylvania Trail Receives Dedicated Guide Book
December 12, 2014 - The Old Loggers Path (OLP) is a great walking path for beginner and experienced hikers alike. This looped trail explores the Loyalsock State Forest for 27.8 miles. It is fairly easy to access this state forest, which lies northeast of Williamsport, PA. One of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful mountain streams, Rock Run, is considered to be the highlight of the OLP. Other highlights include: Masten Ghost Town, Sprout Point Vista, Sharp Top Vista, and Sullivan Mountain.
The new Old Loggers Path Guide ($7.95, paperback, ISBN 9780986235904) by Dave Gantz provides detailed advice for hiking the OLP. Turn-by-turn instructions and photos provide you with the information you need to enjoy the trail. The guide books also includes a full color water-proof map to assist you on your adventure.
The Loyalsock State Forest is utilized for natural gas extraction. There are many drilling sites being planned for this area right now. Some groups claim that the Old Loggers Path itself will be disturbed and forced to make several relocations. Hopefully this is not the case, but be sure to enjoy the trail while you can; this forest area could be gone within a few years.
Outdoor enthusiasts looking to purchase a copy of the Old Loggers Path Guide can find it online at PAHikes.com or at Appalachian Outdoors in downtown State College, Pennsylvania.
Dave has been active in the outdoors his entire life, pursuing several different recreational avenues. His main passion has become long distance hiking. Dave has completed several ‘thru hikes’ of long distance trails throughout the country as well as hiking many of the trails that are available in Pennsylvania. Dave’s main goal in his work is to introduce and reconnect enthusiasts with the natural world. His goal for this guidebook is to offer an accurate description of the trails so that more people will feel comfortable exploring and protecting this area. You can find more information regarding Dave at his backpacking website:www.walkwithgantz.com
About the Publisher
Scott Adams Enterprises promotes the enjoyment of the outdoors and hiking, in part by publishing books and trail guidebooks to assist hiking enthusiasts. We specialize in short-run printing of books and trail guides like the Old Loggers Path Guide, usually in quantities of one thousand or less. We can assist in the entire publishing process from, designing layouts and cover to proofing manuscripts as well as, assigning ISBN numbers, printing, and distributing. Learn more at www.scottadamsenterprises.com