This is not the first time that the PGC has proposed restrictions on hikers. Previous restrictions include hikers requiring a permit, which is up for consideration again Jan. 27. Restrictions are already in place for horseback riding, snowmobiling and biking over the two seasons.
Hikers could see themselves banned from state game lands during hunting season if a new rule is approved.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering a new regulation that could see fall hiking on state game lands from being banned, according to reports.
The commission, which is scheduled to consider the new rule Jan. 27, would prohibit hiking and other non-hunting activities during the fall and spring hunting seasons on state game lands. If approved the ban would total over 130 days; however, hiking would be allowed on Sundays, when hunting is not allowed.
Mark Zakutansky, Mid-Atlantic policy manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which is based in Bethlehem said that the decision seems a bit rash.
Fall foliage is such a draw. Hikers have always been respectful in wearing orange and staying on trails – it seems a little knee-jerk.
The new rule would see hikers restricted along Blue Mountain in the Lehigh Valley, and in popular spots such as Top Rock Trail and Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, which are on state game land in Haycock Township, Bucks County.