Tussey Mountain Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Centre Hall, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.1 miElevation gain728 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingWalkingForestViewswild-flowersBugsRocky
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Vanessa Askey
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Hiking

Not too rocky, no steep inclines. overall an easy well maintained trail. Slowed down a bit cause of snow storm

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Corie Poché
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HikingGreat!Snow

Great winter hike! Lots of mt bikers on the trail. Great views, very pretty with the fresh snow fall. Level trail so easy. Trailrunnable for sure. Road up to the trailhead wasn't too snow covered to manage.

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Liz Womer
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

easy hike, great views, very gradual elevation change. there are some rocks but they are smaller and not piercing like often found on the AT. I'd like to do this hike in the spring when there is color. it was really icy, especially on the roads as we made this into a loop equating to 11.5 miles. check my recording for more info. watch out for bikers coming through - seems to be a popular route for them. very cool to see the beer tap

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Jamie R
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HikingBugsRocky

Rocks rocks rocks ROCKS EVERYWHERE! lol ok so I expected the rocks, but I did not wear appropriate shoes. Tried my new keen hiking shoes and boy that was a terrible decision. By mile 4 (at beer tap loop) I was in quite a bit of pain. I had my dog with me, I had to yield to many bikers and other hikers. It was also a very nice November day so this could be why it was highly trafficked. The beer tap was pretty cool. Just dress appropriately and be prepared for mtn bukers coming out of no where.

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Miranda Van Bramer
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Cheryl Peterson
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Hiking

Wonderful hike, 8.4 miles RT from trailhead to Beer Tap. Some rocks to navigate.

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Kelicy Silks
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Mountain bikingGreat!Rocky

Moderately difficult but still manageable for a beginner

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Drake Hale
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Hiking

Great day hike for beginners! Pretty rocky so wear the right shoes.

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Andrew Smeltz
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Nice hike along the ridge. Some nice views. You can also connect this to the Colyer Lake trail by way of a series of small trails down the mountain, but I don't recommend it. the small trails are primarily used for downhill mountain biking. We did the hike. it was beautiful, but you really must stay alert and be ready to jump off the trail to yield to the mountain bikers. These small connectors are really downhill trails for their enjoyment.

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Eric Vilbs
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Hiking

Relatively easy (but rocky) out and back trail. Long slow climb but not strenuous. Decent views from the ridge with all the leaves having fallen, but no big scenic outlooks. They weren't kidding about the 'beer tap' at the top ( a few taps jammed into a log). Took a little less than 3 hours and worth the effort.

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Fred Love
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Mountain bikingRocky

Rocky. Rocky. yep Rocky

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kt2xs9p 8rdw7n
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HikingRocky

Really liked this gradual rocky ascent along the ridge. Only did segment between Bear Meadows and Shingle Path (just pretend Shingle Path doesn't exist...because it hardly does). There aren't any really open views along that part, but is pretty cool to be able to see Little Mountain across to the south through the trees most of the way.

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Luke Rarig
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HikingBugs

Watch out for rattlesnakes

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Erik Martin
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Mountain bikingBugsMuddyRocky

Pretty fun, rocky but over all pretty fun ride

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Joel DeSerio
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Great ridge line trail. Nice views in the winter, and lots of blueberries in the summer. I don’t recommend attempting to go up from or down to shingle path. Even in winter, ticks were really bad. The shingle path sign on top of Tussey has been removed due to erosion.

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Travis Haas
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Hiking

Great trail limited vistas few people. This is not a loop it’s out and back.

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Christiana Paradis
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Had a wonderful hike along the ridge on a beautiful, chilly spring morning. would definitely return.

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Charles Tricou
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Running

As of the time I write this review, the map shown above is incorrect. You can reach Tussey Mountain trail via Lonberger Path, which is a beautiful little hike/run in and of itself. Lonberger *does* connect to Kettle (other reviews notwithstanding) which provides a nice, relatively short but steep and intense segment between Lonberger and the relatively flat Tussey Mountain ridge trail. I've only ever run Tussey Mountain trail as an out and back, it's beautiful, Rocky but eminently runnable, which makes it one of the more fun and interesting running trails around. Total distance from the parking area to the beer tap via Lonberger and Kettle is close to 5.5 miles, making the whole out and back close to 11 miles. There's a trailhead for the Tussey Mountain trail with parking further up Bear Meadows Road, just beyond North Meadows Road and just before Treaster Kettle Road and the parking area for Bear Meadows Natural Area. The ascent to the ridge top is reasonable and interesting. Love this trail, and you probably will too, regardless of how you get to it. Enjoy!

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Deming Fischer
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Hiking

Seriously beautiful and not a difficult climb at all. Steady incline with great views.

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Kirstin Gebhart
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Hiking

We tried to access the Tussey Mountain trail from the Kettle trail, which doesn't exist... so word to the wise, try and get onto it another way, Shingle trail is open. Out and back on the Tussey Mountain ridge had incredible views and an unbelievable amount of blueberry bushes. We will be back when they're ripe to eat along the hike. It was moderately strenuous, just due to the length, once you get to the ridge it's flat, easy walking. Beer tap was cool, but sadly, no beer was flowing.

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Nicholas Carrier
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a great hike

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Ryan Kipp
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Hiking

Tussey Mt. Trail to the Beer Tap, as shown on Purple Lizard Map (out-and-back route). Awesome hike in general - took about 3.5mi to get to the beer tap, and overall, was very lightly trafficked and well marked. Moderate seems right as the rating, mostly due to the length. Some uphill parts, but nothing strenuous. Would recommend, would do again. Bring water and hiking boots! Total; ~7.5-8mi // 2.5-3hr total.

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