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Pennsylvania Trail of the Year

Pennsylvania is a leader in trail development, providing its citizens and visitors with more than 11,000 miles of trails across the commonwealth to enjoy, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state’s magnificent mountains. 

Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails, and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania’s trail network.

In honor of the achievement, the committee and DCNR produce a poster for statewide distribution and plan a public celebration for the recognized trail.

2020 Trail of the Year Nominations Being Accepted

DCNR's Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 8, 2019.

To nominate a trail, please use the 2020 Trail of the Year nomination form. Please submit the nomination form and separately send all supporting materials to

2019 Trail of the Year: Mid State Trail

The Mid State Trail is Pennsylvania’s longest trail. Its 327 miles traverse some of Pennsylvania’s most remote and scenic areas, and stretch from Maryland’s border to New York’s.

Its sheer length offers more challenge to hikers than any other trail in the state. Sometimes difficult hiking takes travelers through isolated forests and past historic sites, vistas, waterfalls, and natural springs.

The Mid State Trail was created to offer simple, natural experiences that foster a greater respect for nature, and a will to protect for future generations.

Largely on public land, the trail passes through:

    • Eight state parks
    • Five state forests
    • Eight state forest Natural Areas
    • Four state forest Wild Areas
    • Four state forest picnic areas
    • Two Scout camps
    • One roadside rest

For more information, visit the Mid State Trail website

Additional information about the 2019 Trail of the Year is available in the resources below: