The Susquehannock State Forest offers some of the best opportunities for both experienced and inexperienced hikers to enjoy Pennsylvania’s remote and scenic woodlands. About 550 miles of hiking trails exist within the forest. Only 150 miles of trail are well marked and maintained.
There are many trails in the Susquehannock but the featured one is the Susquehannock Trail System. This 85-mile loop winds through the forested hills and valleys in the region. It was created by joining together a number of old and new foot trails, logging roads, and abandoned railroad grades. The trail originates at the district office along Route 6 in Potter County and extends south into Clinton County. The route is well-marked with rectangular orange blazes and is mostly comfortable walking with a few steep grades. Susquehannock Trail Club volunteers maintain the trail system. The club sells trail maps and guides to generate revenue.
Other trails worthy of mention include the Mount Brodhead trail system and the Cherry Springs Working Forest Interpretive Trail. The
Mount Brodhead trail system (PDF)
uses several existing trails to create a nice 7.6 mile loop trail. It is perfect for someone who is looking to do a moderate day hike. The
Cherry Springs Working Forest Interpretive Trail (PDF)
is a self-guided introduction to the role of timber harvesting in sustaining forests. It is important to understand that forestry is the art and science of tending, reproducing, and managing a forest with all its resources for a variety of benefits and values. There are sixteen stations with informational signage along the trail.