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flat,scenic and kid friendly

This loop was a bit more than Moderate and some of the trails were a bit overgrown but we were still able to follow them with the help of the gps of this app

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail great for birding and other wildlife viewing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great outlooks! Not too long or difficult, but some nice hills too!

Well maintained and marked. Numerous outlooks.

1st time I've hiked in yrs. Coming off the flu bug so started on the Blue trail. not as steep as the White trail. its a good beginners hike with decent outlooks

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail! Beautiful views and gives you an awesome workout! ❤

hiking
5 months ago

Great Trail! Combine few others for 13 mile loop.

hiking
6 months ago

I really enjoyed the trail. I did the entire loop in two day. It was my first solo overnighter.

backpacking
6 months ago

We loved it. I really loved the sections where it was ferns in all directions. Would have liked a few more established camp sites in the later part of south western quadrant. Took 3 days 2 nights to walk clockwise. Would love to do counter next time

hiking
7 months ago

Well marked and lots of different scenery to see. Campsites seemed plentiful on the first half, but not nearly as many on the second half. We started at 504 and went counter clockwise. Great campsites at approximately 5 - 12 - 17 - 20 - 21 mile markers. Didn't see many "pre-made" campsites after that. However, we did not end up completing the entire loop because we did 20 miles both days, and it only got us to beaver road the second day. According to our mileage, this loop is more like 45-46 miles and we were mentally done at 40. We had the GPS tracking us the entire time and weren't even close to being done at 39 miles.

backpacking
7 months ago

Spent 5 days hiking the full 40 mi loop! Started at 6 mile rd and PN 504 and headed clockwise down the trail. Was beautiful and the trails weren't too difficult for having 60lb packs on our backs. Seen some wildlife here and there, but nothing out of the norm. You can choose where you want to camp if you want or there are existing sites that you can use as well. There are plenty of small creeks to grab water from while on the trail and lots of trees for hammocks. At the top of the mountains there were a couple of good vistas but a lot of the time there were just too many trees in the way to get a good view. It was still beautiful, just wish they'd trim a few trees so you could see the beautiful expanse that lays in front of you. Bugs weren't too bad, few spots the mosquitos and flies were bad, however other then that, pretty easy trail. I'd rate the trail as an easy/moderate one.

hiking
8 months ago

We definitely got a little mucky at the beginning of the trail and somehow our start and end spot wasn't the same place, however it's a beautiful trail and doable for someone who is not in the best shape.

Rocky at first, very busy, nice and level at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike the long way around.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is quite possibly the most underutilized trail in central Pennsylvania. It has a trail race/run on it that is historically done the end of July. 20 miles of the AFT are used for the race, so trail maintenance on this section is really good. The trail itself is gorgeous and very hike able or run able. With connecting trails leaving the Black Moshannon State Park area, access is really pretty good as well. The temperature on the trail is usually 5-10 degrees cooler than surrounding areas (both winter and summer).
Looking for a well groomed end of summer/early fall hike on a gorgeous trail, this is it.

walking
8 months ago

Easy trail, but make sure to go when the weather has been dry for a few days. It tends to get flooded and muddy when it has rained a lot.

hiking
9 months ago

This was an easy hike. The first 1/4 mile or so was wet and muddy. The sign at the trailhead says 3 miles which is fairly accurate.

hiking
10 months ago

Great loop trail if you do both the Blue and White trail. Mt. Nittany has awesome top mountain views from different angles/ directions of the trails. This is one of my favorite trails as it is lengthy and provides different gradations of trail paths and challenges. It was super fun to take on with our two little girls (6 and 10 yrs. old). They were definitely, "Bawses!" Remember to pack protein power snacks and water for your little Bawses as both trails can take about 3 hours to complete.

Nice hike on a mostly soft trail. Saw a couple of white tails.

11 months ago

Only did the first half, the east side trail. Catch the trailhead from just off the main area of Bald Eagle Lake. It starts off pretty underwhelming. Basically hiking next to the highway for the first mile. Once you turn up the hill later on it gets a bit better.

backpacking
11 months ago

The three star rating may be influenced by my inexperience, pack weight, age and weather. I'd do the trail again under other circumstances. I was going to go as far as I could for as long as I could and knew I would not do the whole trail. Starting at Black Moshannon SP I picked up a great trail map of the trail and some advice from the Ranger staff. Don't take the trail without this free map. The Ranger suggested I park in the back lot of the swimming area and take the Shingle Mill Trail out to the AFT loop. This worked perfectly. The Shingle runs along the Moshannon Creek which keeps good company. The trail was mostly flat out to the loop and went through some very narrow sections, with lots of Rhododendrons. It must be fantastic when they are in bloom. Once on the AFT I went right to see the eastern part of the trail which had more vistas on the map. The trail continued flat and along creeks which provided plenty of water. After six hours of hiking I had found my first gentle hill and was now hiking along Benner Run. I have to say that the trail was recently re-blazed and there were no opportunities for even a novice to lose his way. The major concern I had was that I was not able to find suitable campsites. The trails were either to narrow the thickly brushed, or rocky for a tent site. As it was getting towards evening I wondered if I would find any site. Eventually I settled on a small open patch adjacent to the trail. Since I had not seen a single hiker all day, I figured that site would be ok. As nice as the weather was the first day, the next day intermittent showers started in the morning to dampen my spirits. With a bad forecast for the next few days I knew I'd shorten the trip. I hoped on the park's Tram Road for an express hike to the vista points and met back up with the ATF at Rattlesnake Rd. The east vista section of the trail was much more challenging than the first day. There is a lot of up and down and the trails are sometimes rocky. Going south along this section of the trail the vistas got progressively better. The last two have been partially cleared for better views. The best of the marked vistas is "Ralph's Majestic Vista" which is the furthest south stop. With more rain in the forecast I decided my best option was to hike back to the State Park and spend the night there. I took North Run Rd back to my car. Once at the SP I found out they don't have individual camping facilities. There is a group camping spot and camper spots that I think were closed. Basically there were only a few people in the park and they were day trippers. I never saw a single person on the trail in two days and only a few pick up trucks on the park roads. At the end of my two days, I was beat. In the future, I'd look for better weather and a plan for better campsites.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

I hike this trail quite often. I never really do the full loop. I usually start at the trail entrance on the swimming side then go to the bridge on Beidler road then turn around. That half of the trail is prettier. The trail goes along a crick and you'll go over a couple wooden bridges. I always bring my dog and he loves it especially when I let him go swimming. The trail does get really muddy in some places.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

We hiked the trail into a loop (10.69 mi). might want to take waterproof shoes/boots. Plenty of wildlife to see. Little bridges at certain points (newer). Pretty easy trail. 4 hours at a 3.7 pace

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Okay quick day trip. But there are better trails in the surrounding area with more nature views.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Tough trail.....good workout

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Views are okay for the little elevation gain. Rocky but not too bad. Not difficult, but is fairly busy.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Fit this into a drive to DC in late August. Very well marked trails, challenging incline for first half mile then easy loop, can adjust route for available time, I'd park further away to build in a little warm-up/down if squeezing into a long drive again.

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Very steep, entire view of state college at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.

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