Hiking in the North


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North

Bald Eagle State Park

11 miles of trails              park map

The hiking trails pass through a variety of habitats that offer scenic views and wildlife watching opportunities. An additional one mile of unnamed extension trails lead to other recreational facilities such as boat launches, the marina, the modern campground, and the beach. Some trails wind through areas open to hunting during regular hunting seasons. Wear fluorescent orange clothing during hunting seasons for your safety. Appropriate footwear and clothing are recommended for your personal comfort and safety. All trails are open year-round sunrise to sunset.

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Black Moshannon State ParkThe ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.

20 miles of trails              park map

The trail network explores many habits including forests, wetlands and fields.

Explore Black Moshannon for detailed trail descriptions.

Chapman State Park

12 miles of trails              park map

In addition to the trails at the park, Chapman is the trailhead for backpacking trails on adjoining public lands. Map and trail information is available in the park office. Free parking is available at the park for those who would rather not leave their vehicles along public roadways. PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE PARK OFFICE.

Cherry Springs State Park

1 mile of trails              park map

Cherry Springs Working Forest Interpretive Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
This hiking trail begins by the information kiosk and features wayside exhibits on forests and forestry practices. From forest products we use every day to filtering water that we drink, the working forest provides many environmental, social and economic benefits. Walk the self-guided trail to learn more. The 1 mile of trails connects to the Susquehanock State Forest trails.

Clear Creek State Park

25 miles of trails              park map

The trails begin in the scenic Clear Creek Valley and follow the Clarion River and wander across the surrounding hillsides to several scenic overlooks. Rhododendron and mountain laurel abound throughout the park and many varieties of wildlife, including deer, bear, turkey and grouse inhabit the park.

Colton Point State Park

4 miles of trails              park map

The trails traverse very rugged terrain, passing close to many steep cliffs, and may have slippery surfaces. Stay on designated trail surfaces and wear appropriate footwear.

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Cook Forest State Park The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.

29 miles of trails              park map

From the depths of the Forest Cathedral to the heights of Seneca point, the trails of Cook Forest State Park explore diverse landscapes and habitats.

Explore Cook Forest for trail descriptions.

Denton Hill State Park

2 miles of trails   

The trails connect to the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail.

Elk State Park

0.5 mile of trail               park map

The easy hiking Maple Trail begins at the Army Corps of Engineers parking area and travels along the southern end of East Branch Lake. Wildlife and waterfowl viewing is possible along this trail.

Elk Country Visitor Center

Short trails around the center explore different habitats and wildlife watching opportunities.

Hills Creek State Park

5.5 miles of trails              park map

Trails circle the lak and connect to the Northern Extension of the Mid tate Trail.

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Hyner Run State Park

5 miles of trails              park map

The park is the eastern trailhead for the 50-mile Donut Hole Trail system, a moderate to rugged trail for the backpackers. Shorter hikes are available close to the park on state forest lands.

Kettle Creek State Park

2 miles of trails              park map

Novice and experienced hikers will find an abundance of trails in the park area. Short day-hikes are possible on the many park trails. Backpackers can enjoy the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail with an access parking lot across from the Lower Campground. This trail connects onto several other trail systems. Trail maps are available at the park office.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

1.09 miles of trails              park map

The trail, through hardwood forests of black cherry and chestnut trees, includes areas both ravaged and renewed by nature itself since the 2003 tornado.

Leonard Harrison State Park

4.6 miles of trails              park map

The trails traverse very rugged terrain, passing close to many steep cliffs, and may have slippery surfaces. Stay on designated trail surfaces and wear appropriate footwear.

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Little Pine State Park

14 miles of trails              park map

There are also many miles of trails in the adjacent Tiadaghton State Forest.

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Lyman Run State Park

6 miles of hiking trails              park map

Trails pass near the lake and through forests and connect to trails in Susquehannock State Forest.

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Ole Bull State Park

5 miles of trails              park map

The Daugherty Loop Trail combines old logging and railroad grades to form a one hour walk through the Black Forest of Pennsylvania. Ole Bull Trail leads to the historic foundation remains of Ole Bull’s “home site” and a panoramic view of the park area. The Beaver Dam Nature Trail provides an introduction to the habitats along Kettle Creek. This 0.75-mile trail starts at the concrete fordway and has a flat trail surface. The 85-mile Susquehannock Trail System passes through Ole Bull State Park.

Parker Dam State Park

4 miles of trails              park map

Many hiking trails begin or pass through Parker Dam State Park and continue into the surrounding Moshannon State Forest. Some trails travel through the tornado blowdown, while others follow along streams or through hardwood forests. Hike the Trail of New Giants and then Souder's Trail to compare a young forest to a mature forest.

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Patterson State Park

Patterson is a trailhead for the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail, a favorite of backpackers.

Prouty Place State Park

1 miles of trail

The trail connects to the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail.

Ravensburg State Park

1 mile of trails              park map

Raven Trail nearly runs the length of the park, parallel to Rauchtown Run. Several other trails provide steep access to rocky outcrops or access to longer hiking trails on state forest land, including the 250-mile Mid State backpacking trail. Proper attire and good physical conditioning are recommended for your comfort and safety.

Simon B. Elliott State Park

3 miles of trails              park map

Hiking trails take visitors to various places on the mountaintop while backpack hikers can get on the Quehanna Trail by way of the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company Trail. The Quehanna Trail System offers over 75 miles of hiking and backpacking. Hikers can go for up to seven overnights without retracing steps by using the northern and southern loops and connecting trails. This trail also connects onto the Susquehannock Trail system above the community of Sinnemahoning.

Sinnemahoning State ParkThe ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.

5 miles of trails              park map

The Lowlands Trail follows the course of the First Fork through five miles of the park, passing through open fields, shrubby riparian zones and mature, towering forests. This scenic trail was originally part of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad bed. Interpretive panels along the way provide insights into the wildlife and ecology of the park. An ADA accessible wildlife viewing platform is located at the northern trailhead of the Lowlands Trail. This area is ideal habitat for deer, elk, woodcock, migratory songbirds and monarch butterflies. The trail from the wildlife viewing platform to the 40 Maples Day Use Area is ADA accessible. A spur of the trail near the 40 Maples Day Use Area leads to a secluded viewing blind that overlooks an abandoned beaver pond. Quiet visitors may be able to see great blue herons wading in the pond or painted turtles basking on partially submerged logs. Osprey, green herons, belted kingfishers, bobcats and whitetail deer also frequent the area. For a more primitive hiking experience, visitors can hike the Red Spruce Trail from the campground to the 40 Maples Day Use Area. This trail skirts an exceptional wetland area and passes under the dense canopy of mature mixed hardwood forest. This one-mile trail is marked with yellow blazes. Areas of rocks and roots make this trail surface more challenging than the Lowlands Trail.

Sizerville State Park

5 miles of trails              park map

The trails follow a creek and pass through forest and connect to trails in Elk State Forest.

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