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Best trails in State College

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Looking for a great trail near State College, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Greenwood Furnace State Park or Canoe Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spring Creek Park or Quehanna Wild Area. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in State College ranging from 0.8 to 13 miles and from 994 to 2,417 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in State College
Top trails (18)
#1 - Mount Nittany Loop
Spring Creek Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
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.Show more
#2 - Indian Steps to Tussey Fire Tower Ruins
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
#3 - Musser Gap Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
#4 - Downer, Red-White, and Lower Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
#5 - Alan Seeger Trail
Alan Seeger Natural Area
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
#6 - Bald Knob Ridge Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
No bus access. Parking available for 10 cars.Show more
#7 - Lower Trail to Deer Path Loop
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
#8 - Lower Trail to Bald Knob Ridge Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
#9 - Musser Gap Short Loop
State College, Pennsylvania
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Short loop at Musser Gap trailhead.Show more
#10 - Blue-White, Lone Pine, Deer and Downer Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Shingletown Trailhead, short loop.Show more
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