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Hiking Pennsylvania: Wild Creek Falls and Beltzville State Park

Sometimes, the best adventures we have are the ones we don't fully and completely plan out. For someone who's a self-identified obsessive planner, that's a tough thing to admit! I've had a running list of day hikes I want to do in Pennsylvania since I moved here in 2007, and most of them are at least four miles to make it worth more than a quick drive from home.

What I haven't done a great job of is seeking out shorter hikes that can be combined into a longer day. In an attempt to fix that on a recent trip to the Poconos, a friend and I combined what was a shorter hike than we anticipated to Tank Hollow Vista with a trip to nearby Beltzville State Park.

Prior to this day trip, I'd never heard of Beltzville State Park, nor had I been to Tank Hollow Vista. In general, I get anxious hiking with friends I don't hike with often when we go to a place I've never been, much less two places I've never been! I feel responsible for making sure the hikes are fu…

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