Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

#29 of 115 state parks in Pennsylvania

Best trails in Cowans Gap State Park

146 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Cowans Gap State Park, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Cowans Gap State Park ranging from 1.2 to 3.9 miles and from 1,230 to 1,965 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Cowans Gap State Park, located in Buchanan State Forest, has much to offer its visitors when it comes to hiking, fishing, boating, and more. There are many picnic facilities for those simply looking to relax and enjoy the lake. There is a campground available that opens in mid April and closes in December.

Show more
Map of trails in Cowans Gap State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1085 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
717-485-3948
Top trails (8)
#1 - Tuscarora Trail - Cowans Gap to Tower Rd
Cowans Gap State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(33)
Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
Directions are pretty straightforward as to how to follow this trail. As long as you follow the blue blazes of the Tuscarora Trail here you will not get lost on a side trail. There are many side trailShow more
#2 - Standing Stone Trail and Tuscarora Trail Loop
Cowans Gap State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(26)
Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
Be aware there is a portion of this loop that crosses into private lands and is temporarily closed to hikers Nov 1st to Jan 15th (mentioned at SST trailhead sign). Show more
#3 - Cowan's Gap Lakeside Trail
Cowans Gap State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(38)
Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 38 m
Cowan's Gap Lakeside Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mc Connellsburg, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number ofShow more
#4 - Tuscarora Trail: Cowans Gap Lake To Buchanan Trail
Cowans Gap State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(11)
Length: 17.4 mi • Est. 9 h 11 m
Tuscarora Trail: Cowans Gap Lake To Buchanan Trail is a 17.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#5 - Tuscarora, Horseshoe, and Standing Stone Trail Loop
Cowans Gap State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(19)
Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Tuscarora, Horseshoe, and Standing Stone Trail Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mc Connellsburg, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail iShow more
#6 - Cowan's Gap: Plessinger and Cameron Trail
Cowans Gap State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(6)
Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Cowan's Gap: Plessinger and Cameron Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mc Connellsburg, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderatShow more
#7 - Horseshoe Trail
Cowans Gap State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(10)
Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Horseshoe Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Todd, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#8 - Three Mile Trail
Cowans Gap State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(3)
Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
You can also make this a loop by returning via the paved road.Show more