Outdoor Writing

Ben Cramer is a published columnist and author on outdoor adventures in Pennsylvania, with one fully published book and one self-published hiking guide..


Guide to the Allegheny Front TrailGuide to the Allegheny Front Trail

Ben Cramer has written a guide to the 42 mile-long Allegheny Front Trail near State College PA, now avaiable for FREE through this site and also through various Pennsylvania hiking and environmental organizations. Ben grants permission for anyone interested in the Allegheny Front Trail or Pennsylvania hiking in general to make use of this free guide. Please spread the word. For the complete PDF file, click here.



Pennsylvania Hiking Trails 13 Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, 13th Edition

By Keystone Trails Association, edited by Ben Cramer. Released nationwide by Stackpole Books, April 2008.

The newest edition of the venerable introduction to hiking and backpacking throughout Pennsylvania, by Keystone Trails Association. Ben Cramer is one of the writers of this guide and also serves as the editor-in-chief. Published by Stackpole Books. Click on the image at left to buy.


"On the Trail"

From 2003 to 2009 Ben Cramer contributed to the regular "On the Trail" column in the Centre Daily Times in State College PA. This column explores Central Pennsylvania's adventure opportunities, appears one Sunday each month, and is written alternately by Gary Thornbloom, Ben Cramer, Stan Kotala, and Dave Coleman. Ben's columns appeared approximately once every two or three months. For an archive of the group's "On the Trail" columns, click here. For a recent sample of Ben's work, click here.