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    Multi-day hike. Eastern Ohio / Western PA

    I:m looking to do a relatively low impact beginners level multi-day hike somewhere in Eastern Ohio or Western PA. I:d like to stay within about a 4 hour drive (I:m in the Canton, OH area), I:d like a trail loop so I can start/finish in pretty much the same spot so I don:t have to worry about a ride back to my ride, something with fairly accessible water along the way in case I really screw the pooch planning wise, and something you don:t have to be part mountain goat to complete. Company along the way would be awesome if someone else is interested and would negate the necessity of a loop trail as well.

    I:ve done a fair amount of camping but never anything where I had to hump my load the whole way (excepting Marine Corp days LONG ago) and would like to dabble in it a bit without worrying about surviving the experience.

    Anyone have any good ideas location wise for something that fits the bill, I:m more than happy to hear it. Thanks a bunch.

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    What kind of mileage are you interested in? Would this be a drive in and setup camp on Friday, hike circuit longer on Saturday, short hike on Sunday back to vehicle, leaving time to drive home kind of deal?
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    tgreening,

    One possibility would be Raccoon State Park, about 1.5 hours east of you.
    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/statepar...px#backpacking

    19.5 miles of fairly easy trail that you could string together pretty much any way you like. Shelters and tent sites are available by reservation. Water and restrooms are at each of the 2 backpacker only camping areas.

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    I'll be taking a group over to Hickory Creek Wilderness Area the weekend of May 21-23. That's approx 3.25 hrs away.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/alle...hickory_creek/

    Fairly easy 11.1 mile loop with nothing in the way of improvements or facilities. Plenty of water along trail if you own a filter. There are a few established campsites, but being a wilderness area, you are free to hang wherever it suits you. I'll add a couple miles on the Tanbark trail to Friday night & we'll hit the Hickory Creek trail on Saturday morning.

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    Have you checked out backpackohio.com? I am in the eastside of Cleveland area and have found the info there to be invaluable. Some loops I have been eyeing in state are Archers Fork, Wildcat Hollow, Burr Oak, and Shawnee.

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    Cross Shawnee off your list, it's mountain goat country! The most important thing is to get out and walk with your pack at nearby parks Before you go on your hike. 11 mi easy hike? Is there such a thing? Lol ... Blew my knee out in summer camp on a 10 miler (With military load) So don't be a weekend warrior, search how others lightened their pack and work up to it! I think there's still some Chunky Soup cans laying around at Shawnee I left behind...
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    I'm planning to hit Wildcat Hollow sometime in late May. From the description at backpackohio, it seems to be a reasonable loop hike.

    Agree with the comments on Shawnee. It defeated me two years ago. I'm hoping to tackle the whole 40-miles this fall, but it's certainly not a good beginner's hike.
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    Ed Lobby,

    You may want to keep a sharp eye out for blazes somewhere around mile 9ish. There's a stretch with several blowdowns & the trail temporarily disappears for awhile. That is, unless it has been cleared in the past few weeks.

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    Thanks for the tip. I already made the note on my trail map.
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    i have a book all about PA hiking trails...let me see what i can dig up for ya...
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