Purple Lizard Maps: Rothrock State Forest & Pine Creek

By: Levi Opsatnic

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One of the beautiful overlooks found in the Pine Creek Gorge

Here at Appalachian Outdoors, we love maps of all kinds. Whether it’s a Topo, USGS, state park map, or just a county map, there’s a good chance that it excites our employees. However, I don’t think that any map carries as much excitement as our Purple Lizard Maps. Crafted by a Pennsylvanian, Mike Hermann, these maps are waterproof, pretty darn sturdy, and offer an incredible amount of information about some of our favorite natural areas in the Commonwealth.

Lucky for all of us map and adventure lovers, Mike Hermann just released a Purple Lizard map that covers all of the Pine Creek Gorge. If you’ve never been to this area, it’s certainly worth the visit. This stretch of land features the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, which displays some of the most spectacular views in the entire state. Since this is such a large area, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hermann’s new map is a very handy tool for exploration. This map breaks down all sorts of areas that are great for hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, camping, boat launching, and loads of other outdoor activities. Sure, you can find a lot of these places on your own, but you certainly won’t do it as quickly or with as much ease as you will with a Purple Lizard map. In an area that covers this much ground, you definitely want to plan out each of your adventures, and this map makes planning a real breeze. So the next time you’re headed to the Pine Creek area, be sure to grab one of these new maps.


If you haven’t figured it out yet, Mike Hermann and his maps do great things. His Rothrock State Forest map is a favorite around Central Pennsylvania and has been for quite a long time. And even though this map is chock-full of relevant info, Hermann has made a few updates. This renewed map offers a few trail updates in the Musser Gap to Shingletown area that all State College hikers will be happy with.

Whether you’re looking to explore new territory in Rothrock State Forest or the Pine Creek area, these maps are bound to become a best friend. Add them to your pack, and there’s sure to be an instance where they really help guide you to a spot or trail that makes your day.

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