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Hiking

The Rothrock State Forest contains nearly 300 miles of hiking trails.

Mid State Trail

The Mid State Trail (MST), a 326 mile cross-country trail running from the Green Ridge State Forest in Maryland to a spur of the Finger Lakes trail in New York, crosses the Rothrock State Forest for about 42 miles. The MST is a rugged and demanding mountain top trail, and hikers must carefully assess their own ability to cope with the difficulties and possible dangers involved. A detailed trail guide to the MST, including maps, is available for a small fee by contacting the Mid State Trail Association at PO Box 885, Huntingdon, PA 16652 or http://hike-mst.org

Standing Stone Trail

In addition to the MST and miles of local hiking trails, the Rothrock includes roughly 16 miles of the 70+ miles long Standing Stone Trail (SST). The SST connects the Tuscarora Trail at Cowans Gap State Park with the Mid State Trail at Greenwood Furnace State Park, hence its original name of the “Link” trail. The SST follows scenic ridgelines in Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Fulton counties. The trail offers rugged hiking, outstanding views, unusual geologic formations and glimpses into the history of Pennsylvania’s collier, timbering, and brick making industries. Maps and trail guides are available from the Standing Stone Trail Club, Inc., c/o Rich Scanlon, 27 Sandy Lane Suite 206, Lewistown, PA 17044-1236 or visiting SST web site at http://www.hike-sst.org