Mid State Trail


Trail Guide (10th ed.) and maps can be obtained through Keystone Trails Association or from:
Mid State Trail Association, Inc. 
P. O. Box 885
Huntingdon, PA 16652

http://www.hike-mst.org

 

The Mid State Trail System (MST) is a long distance hiking trail and its side trails in central Pennsylvania. The current northern end is at the West Rim Trail on Bohen Run north of Blackwell and the southern end is a junction with Green Ridge Hiking Trail in Maryland at the Mason-Dixon line. The MST is almost entirely on public land: state forests, game lands and parks. It links or traverses a token roadside rest (Penn DOT), a covered bridge built in 1879, Huntingdon and Broad Top RR grade, two scout camps, two fire towers, three state forest wild areas, five state forests, four state game lands, four state forest picnic areas, eight state parks and eight state forest natural areas, as well as Stone Valley Recreation Area, the Lower Trail, and the Woolrich Factory Outlet Store. The Frankstown to Burnt Cabins Indian Path is crossed and the Great Island Indian Path is followed in part by MST.

Intermediate access from paved roads is available from PA 326 near Hewitt, Beans Cove Road, PA 326 in Rainsburg Gap, SR 1004 in Everett, SR 1005 in Snake Spring Valley, PA 36, PA 164, PA 866 at Williamsburg, US 22, PA 26, US 322, PA 45, PA 192, Sugar Valley Narrows Road, PA 880, PA 150, PA 44, SR 4001 and PA 414. There are a host of unpaved roads that also provide access in season. See Map & Guide set.

The MST is marked with rectangular orange blazes on the main trail and blue blazes on side trails. Double blazes are used to mark turns. Principle features of the MST are its many views, side trails and fragile illusion of isolation and wilderness. The narrow ridges afford views and provide an illusion of remoteness and solitude in the second most industrialzed state in the nation, yet the MST is rarely more than 2 kilometers from the nearest road. The level of usage is still low and if you hike alone you may meet more bears than people. Thus its recognition as "The Wildest Trail in Pennsylvania".

In cooperation with DCNR, sections of this trail are maintained, in part, by volunteers from the Mid-State Trail Association.

 

Trail Stats

Nearby City: Blackwell, PA   Length: 319 total miles   Skill level: Easy to strenuous   Trail type: Point-to-point