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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 wholShow 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
Indian Steps to Tussey Fire Tower Ruins is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail ofShow more
#3 - Downer, Red-White, and Lower Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Downer, Red-White, and Lower Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail iShow more
#4 - Alan Seeger Trail
Alan Seeger Natural Area
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Alan Seeger Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#5 - Musser Gap Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Musser Gap Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbeShow more
#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 Bald Knob Ridge Trail
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Lower Trail to Bald Knob Ridge Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail Show more
#8 - Lower Trail to Deer Path Loop
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Lower Trail to Deer Path Loop is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near State College, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#9 - 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
#10 - Musser Gap, MST and Jackson Trail Loop
Rothrock State Forest
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
Nice loop for a long day hike or overnight backpacking trip. Route features forest, rocky vistas, and blueberries in the summer months. Trailhead is easily accessible via parking area off Shingletown Show more
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