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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
905 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok hike I took the white trail up (the only hard part of the hike) then walked along the trail to station 10 where I switched to the blue trail and walked around the rim coming back again to the white trail by station 3. The hike after summiting at Station 2 was relatively easy and not very scenic. Only a couple of the overlooks gave good unobstructed views.

trail running
4 months ago

Lots of rocks and roots to navigate around. Would have been a great hike due to all the overlooks, but not ideal for trail running. Quite a few down trees, as well. Watch your step!

hiking
6 months ago

Dont come early may if you like seeing leaves on trees. I hiked the blue trail. The views are alright, but mostly shrouded by trees. The trailhead is moderately steep, like your grandma couldnt do it, but your mom probably could. Relative to the Appalacian, this was kinda boring, but to a infrequent hiker, i’d give them a go ahead on this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Well maintained and marked. Numerous outlooks.

8 months 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

hiking
9 months ago

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Great hike the long way around.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

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
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.

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beautiful Views

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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

hiking
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

hiking
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

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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