Map of Pennsylvania showing National Scenic Trails

National Scenic Trails

A National Scenic Trail is a designation for protected areas in the United States that consist of trails of particular natural beauty. National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 along with National Historic Trails and National Recreation Trails. National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails may only be designated by an act of Congress. Pennsylvania features portions of three National Scenic Trails.  These national treasures travel through five different state forests and cover some of the most spectacular scenery that Pennsylvania has to offer.

Appalachian Trail vista in the Weiser State Forest

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Easily one of the most famous trails ever established, the Appalachian Trail covers 230 miles in Pennsylvania.  Portions of the trail can be found in the Michaux, Weiser, and Delaware State Forests.

Snow covered section of the North Country Trail

North Country National Scenic Trail

One hundred and eighty miles of this scenic beauty winds through northcentral Pennsylvania.


Trailhead information board on the Laurel Highlands Trail

Laurel Highlands National Scenic Trail

This rugged and scenic trail carves its way through 70 miles of southwestern Pennsylvania, 12 of which lie within the Forbes State Forest.