Mount Nittany

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Mount Nittany is a 4.6 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 and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles 958 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

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
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Tough trail.....good workout

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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
7 months ago

Beautiful Views

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

1 year ago

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