State forests offer tremendous opportunities for the hiking enthusiast with a wide range of trails covering all types of terrain at a variety of difficulty levels. Hiking trails in state forests are divided into four categories: National Scenic, State Forest Hiking Trails, local district trails and interpretive tails.
Many state forest trails are considered "shared-use," which means that they are open to hiking, horseback riding, crosscountry skiing, and snowmobiling. By following a few simple guidelines on Trail Etiquette everyone can enjoy the many trails state forests have to offer. Be sure to follow Leave No Trace principles so that future trail visitors can enjoy the same hiking experience.
For the hiking enthusiast that wants a true challenge, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry has teamed up with the Keystone Trails Association in recognizing any hiker who completes the entire 798 miles of the State Forest Hiking Trail system with the coveted State Forest Trails Award.