Mount Nittany Loop

MODERATE 83 reviews
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Mount Nittany Loop is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles
905 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Up and down, the trails are rocky and steep. Those on top are relatively flat. Following the primary trails is simply a big loop. Take a right at the top and follow the perimeter trail around the whole Mountain and enjoy several overlooks. If you hike to the Mike Lynch Overlook (Trail marker #3), where you can see Penn State's University Park campus and State College, the distance is 0.6 miles. This loop of 1.2 miles will take from 1 to 1 1/2 hours (assuming you take a break to enjoy the view). Safety Note: Fires are not permitted.

9 days ago

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

11 days ago

Well maintained and marked. Numerous outlooks.

13 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Great hike the long way around.

9 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.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

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

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Tough trail.....good workout

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.

Friday, August 05, 2016

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nice hike - takes about 1.5-2hr to complete the full loop. The initial ascent is steep and rocky, especially if you keep left on the blue trail at the initial fork. Views are good though - during the summer, many of them are hard to appreciate because of the vegetation. But worth it.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beautiful Views

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Views were really great but you have to earn them in the beginning.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Very steep. Too crowded for my taste. Amazing views, though.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Initially hard and rocky with the majority of the uphill being rocky. Once you get to the top / near top, it really mellows out.

Marked nicely, some really cool views.. I will be doing this trail again for sure!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Good trail, rocky at times, difficult initial ascent, but pleasant, relatively stable inclines after that. Buggy at the beginning but not bad near the top. Well marked signs

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Nice hike with a good mix of trails and rocks to make it interesting.

Monday, November 23, 2015

view from the top is very lackluster...just of football stadium and housing developments/warehouses

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Took the blue trail backwards from station #10 to #1, which has a steep climb. Trail is mostly rocks, and this October the leaves had fallen and made the trail a little slippery. I started out at 4PM and by 6PM is was very dark. I loved the hike and the trails were marked which was good as it got really dark and i got a little lost. Only a few people on the trail. Was a nice evening!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Lot of fun on a beautiful fall day. Vistas were great due to leaves being mostly off the trees. Those same fallen leaves made the final descent to the bottom a bit treacherous.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Good trail. Decent incline to start and end.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Very well marked and nice walk. Steep incline at beginning on blue trail. Some overlooks were overgrown and couldn't see much, but nice trail and hike.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Very nice trail.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Nice easy pace hike. Blue loop was excellent for trail running. The views need cut back though. I'd recommend going at it numerically backwards. Take out the staircase first, going up. Going down those on loose legs makes falling easy.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mount Nittany offers its hikers a great getaway from classes and school in general, with some great views along the mountain. With what I recall being three different trails to follow, I recommend going all the way around the mountain to get the full effect of seeing the surrounding State College landscapes! What's also fun is the rare "night hike" on Mount Nittany, which also offers some great nighttime views of the area! I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone as it is not hard at all nor very dangerous, and can be enjoyed by anyone at anytime of the year!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A required hike for every Penn Stater.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The hike was pretty easy and it was well marked. There were some great view points but they looked to be man-made and haven't been re-cleared in quite some time. The trails themselves are in excellent condition and we even passed some crews at work clearing undergrowth. Overall, a fun little adventure.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rate this a 4-star because it is moderately difficult, fun, easy to fit in with other activities in a day and offers great views . Standing water in many spots (even 3 days after rain)

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