Moss-Hanne Trail is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Philipsburg, PA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Philipsburg, PA: Travel SR 504 east about 9 miles to the state park. Once you enter the park, turn right on West Side Drive. Take it to the very end where there is an overlook spot and trailhead for the Moss-Hanne Trail.
Despite being sedentary and in our early 50s, My wife and I hike the 12-mile (more or less) Moss-Hanne Trail at Black Moshannon State Park every year. The terrain is uneven and in the Spring can be very wet, but it is relatively secluded, has great scenery, and has the potential to expose you to much wildlife (yes, that rustling in the bushes may very well be a black bear sow, whose cubs are up a tree not far ahead of you!). This is a combination light woods and bog trail and despite what the official park map (or Becky Conner) might tell you is indeed a LOOP TRAIL... you just need to travel a mile or three along lightly-traveled back roads to connect the ends. One year we had the pleasure of getting caught in a torrential rainstorm, while we were still 3 miles from our vehicle (parked near the boat rental). The sky was so black we could barely see, the wind was gusting to 50 mph, the dog was thoroughly panicked, AND we all had a great time.
Trail Type: Point to Point OR Out and Back (THIS IS NOT A LOOP)
Trail Length: DCNR says 7.7miles Point to Point
Parking: You can start at either end of the trail... Parking Option 1: Boat Launch and Mooring #3 Parking Option 2: Parking Lot at Beaver Road & Shirks Road Intersection
AWESOME HIKE - Just do your research before going...Best bet: Take two cars and park one at start and one at finish
Just hiked this. Trail needs a little work, with a few trees fallen across the trail. Started at Beaver rd. looks like that area got hit micro wind blast. One spot got off trail, knew I was off. Even went back to where I was on last and still didn't find almost 180 degree turn. Almost 12 miles to get back to truck.
Great hike for families with small children. Trail passes through many micro-environments, from swamp, to evergreen forest, to lakeside meadow. Mostly flat. Visually stunning. In good weather, ideal for landscape painting or photography.