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Admittedly not as spectacular vistas as some of the above, but this central Pennsylvania Water Trail is a splendidly scenic 228 mile float with mixed wilderness (including deep canyons and a few stretches of class 1 and 2), rural and semi urban sections. Perhaps a bit safer for a solo paddler than some of the more remote choices. The Lumber Heritage association publishes a terrific Water Trail guide with every detail you could possibly imagine as far as access, campsites and other amenities, on durable waterproof stock.
Many of us who live and paddle along sections of it are hoping the West Branch can earn National Wild and Scenic River status (which might help protect it from the ravages of the gas mining industry along its corridor).
Get in touch with me if you ever decide to do this one -- we live right on the river and could provide you with a secluded campsite a few miles downstream from the Shawville dam put-in (map section 4).
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