James Cleveland Memorial

MODERATE 14 reviews
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James Cleveland Memorial is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting 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.

4.0 miles
1505 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





This is a nice hike past a stream, a rock garden for a glacier, through a forest then up a steep climb to the memorial site for an Air Mail pilot that crashed in the 30's. The memorial still has some of the metal from the plane.

7 months ago

Finally found time to get out and hike this trail. The fall foilage and the memorial at the summit were the motivations for doing this trip. I've read that this trail was over-blazed in the past, this is no longer the case. In places, it is under-blazed and easy to walk off the trail. Some of the newer yellow blazes really blended in with the foilage. Overall, it was a great trip that got the blood pumping. I plan to climb the ridge from the Centre Hall side at some point.

10 months ago

Nice out and back trail, but it kicked my butt! Traversing the loose rocks was quite the challenge, I would definitely suggest those with weak ankles skip this one. Summit had a nice memorial for Jimmy Cleveland, and just a bit further a decent vista. Descending the trail over the loose rocks was problematic... so focused on balancing and where to step I totally missed a switchback and went off trail. Discovered the mistake before too long, but it was a hard hike. Also, out and back was closer to 3 miles.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Short and sweet with just enough climb to get the blood pumping. The trail was deserted, but there has clearly been a lot of traffic at the peak. A nice way to get my hiking season started. Stopped at Earlystown diner on the way home. A decent, friendly spot.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

on the way back....definitely a two stick trail! my trail name...Jellyleggs ...I almost didn't follow the blue blazes to the overlook..

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Very steep at parts but a nice hike overall. Accessed the trail off of greens valley road. Took a bit to find the trail. Follow the gravel road straight til you see a line of boulders blocking the way and to the left of that you can see some yellow blazes. That's were we started the hike. At the top, if you walk a little farther past the memorial there is a screw slope but the view is mostly obstructed by trees. Not sure if there is a way to make this hike a loop. We just turned around and headed down the way we came. Would not recommend as a winter hike as the snow makes it extremely difficult to get through the steep sections.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Hiked this earlier this summer from the south side, coming in off route 192. It is a fave. Did not see a soul, not much sign of humanity aside from the plane parts and the few wrappers at the top which I picked up from around an ill-advised fire risk and illegal fire pit. But otherwise only some cairns and a couple sweet stone recliner seats to look out over the valley. Gotta hunt to stumble on these, I initially walked right by, they are there though, and shaded perfectly, with a heck of a view. Great place to crack some pistachios. Maybe 45 minutes up, with some steeper sections. Blazes are blue, run along the small trickle/pond to the left of the drive if you project the line of the drive straight up the hill. Bit of barbed wire to walk around, forget if I had to climb through some old tired fencing or not. Don't recall posted signage, pretty sure there wasn't any. Don't follow the jeep trail to the cabin at the end of it, the blue blazes scattered across the hill side behind it must be for timbering, or are just real random. (that is way too far right and is not close to any real trail, but if you go straight up, you will run into some old logging trail/hunting trail depression in the ground which you can follow east until it peters out after 30 minutes, return west until you see the creek coming out of the ground and going back in, the elaborate stick teepee 10' tall, and stumble on some more blue blazes which actually go to the memorial up to the right). lol

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pretty fun trail with a cool memorial site at the top. Can be steep as some points and the descent is tough when the sun starts going down but a fun hike!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Accessed from Greens Valley Road- easy to find the trail head. Follow the yellow blazes to the top of the mountain where the memorial is located. Nice short hike, definitely a workout with steep inclines and nearly a 600ft elevation gain. Trail upkeep was excellent but don't expect a lookout on the top with the thick ground cover. Memorial is small but neat with actual airplane parts from the crash.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Excellent hike from Green valley road. Another hiker informed us the trail can be accessed off of rte 192.

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