May 23, 2011 -- Spotted-horse lovers, don't miss the Appaloosa Horse Club's 2011 Land of Liberty Trail Ride. Starting the evening of June 12, participants will embark on a week-long trip.
Hickory Creek Wilderness Ranch, located on the western edge of Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest, will be the site of the trail ride's base camp. The 150-acre ranch is located near the only congressionally designated wilderness area in the state. Encompassing 8,663 acres, the area is home to many species of wildlife including white-tailed deer, coyotes, eagles, wild turkeys and black bear. The trail terrain, suitable for beginning to intermediate riders, consists of moderate rolling hills and single-track and old shale-based logging roads with creek crossings. An average of 15 miles will be covered each day.
Rental horses will also be available from Hickory Creek Wilderness Ranch, the site of the base camp. Primitive camp sites are available for no additional charge. Participants can also rent a cabin or a camp site with hook-ups for an additional fee. To reserve rental horses and cabins, contact the ranch at (814) 484-7520. For more information and a reservation form, click here.