Books of the Pennsylvania Wilds

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March 10, 2023 38 view(s)
Books of the Pennsylvania Wilds

Books take us on new adventures! Sometimes those adventures are mental journeys, which we can read from the comfort of an armchair while envisioning historical events or faraway destinations. Other times, those adventures are quite literal... guidebooks can tag along with you on your explorations, providing you with maps and expert tips. Whatever type of adventure you enjoy, we have books on the PA Wilds Marketplace that can take you there.

PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas - PA Wilds Conservation Shop

The Outdoor Discovery Atlas truly tells the story of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The 50+ page atlas is the go-to guide for people looking to explore the wonders of the PA Wilds. Serving as a print companion to, the PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas provides travel tips and planning resources, ideas on things to see and do throughout the region, and navigable maps. It also attempts to underscore our region’s conservation legacy and nods to some private industry partners who practice sustainability in their businesses and helped make the Atlas a reality!

The PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas was sourced and made entirely in-region! The design work, photography, and printing were all completed by PA Wilds artisans and businesses. Even the paper was sourced in the PA Wilds!

This Outdoor Discovery Atlas is also currently being offered for free with any orders of more than $30 on the PA Wilds Marketplace.

Pine Creek Rail Trail Guidebook - Linda Stager

Written by photographer and outdoor enthusiast Linda Stager, this 206-page illustrated  guide to the award winning Pine Creek Rail Trail will help any visitor have an enjoyable  visit. Railroad buffs will also enjoy the history and stories sprinkled throughout the mile by mile guide. The guidebook is divided into short sectional hikes-rides to make it easy to choose your favorite ride-walk. Free shipping.

Heartwood - PJ Piccirillo

Heartwood (Middleton Books) is a careful rendering of the region's industrial and timbering boom. This inspiring and heart-rending novel traces the intertwined lives of two men with common roots in the rugged timbering industry of north central Pennsylvania, but whose destinies and loves turn them against each other.

The Indigo Scarf - PJ Piccirillo

The Indigo Scarf (Sunbury Press/Brown Posey/2019 SUNY Award)  is based on the true story of two ex-slaves and the white women they’re forbidden to be with who flee the black codes of post-colonial Pennsylvania only to confront the privations of a wild frontier while their former owners scheme their returns. Though shadowed in whiskey-making and timber-pirating, The Indigo Scarf is a paean to devotion, testing the lengths a woman will go to save her man from a burning vengeance. Scenes take place in historical locations along the West Branch and its tributaries, and in Williamsport during its days as a fledgling outpost.

The Indigo Scarf - PJ Piccirillo

From the title story’s beautiful reflection on a couple’s grief, guilt, and awakenings in the aftermath of a stillbirth, to a graduate student navigating the trauma of assault and the prerogative of her identity, this novella and stories features conflicted hearts searching for human connection across vivid landscapes.

State Park Passport - PA Wilds Conservation Shop

This 135-page passport includes maps, a history of the state’s park and forest system, a brief description and most memorable feature of each state park and forest, and additional online resources. Participants can track their visits to our public lands by initialing their book or having it stamped at the park or forest office. The Pennsylvania Passport not only guides people to our state parks and forests, but it also breaks down interest areas and challenges users to complete each area to receive recognition for their accomplishments with a special metal "dog tag" for the theme. How many state parks and forests have you visited?  Fun Fact: You can have 3 parks stamped when you visit Kinzua Bridge State Park!