Hiking at Black Moshannon State Park
20 miles of trails
The trails pass though all of the varied habitats of the park.
Seneca, Indian, Bog, and Hay Road trails and a short section of the Moss-Hanne Trail are connected, making them suitable for loop hikes.
1 mile loop, easiest hiking
Get a taste of the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area on this short loop. Parking is available at the Mid-State Airport. The trail's abundant berries attract a variety of wildlife and bird species.
0.3 mile, 0.5 mile full loop, easiest hiking
A wooden boardwalk stretches out into the bog at Black Moshannon State Park. Take the boardwalk to explore a wetland dominated by sphagnum moss and leatherleaf, and accented by sedges, rushes, carnivorous plants, and lilies.
Observe waterfowl and other wildlife along the trail.
Wayside panels tell the surprising story of bogs and other park wetlands.
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. Access for people with disabilities is at Boating Area 3.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.9014 Long. -78.05775
Hay Road Trail
1.1 miles, easiest hiking
This grassy old road eases through a mature mixed-oak forest with a black cherry understory and once was used by farmers who harvested marsh grasses.
1 mile, more difficult hiking
This trail leads travelers through changing scenery of open oak woods, pines, clearings, and an unusual grove of hawthorns.
Lake Loop Trail
0.7 mile, easiest hiking
This flat loop connects two bridges for an easy walk along the lake’s lower shoreline. The trail offers a visit to the dam and the beach. Please walk pets to the back of the beach house.
7.7 miles, more difficult hiking
On its way through the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area, this trail travels through pine plantations, hemlock bottomlands, wetland edges, hardwood forests, grassy openings, blueberry patches, and beaver ponds.
Waterproof footwear is recommended since some sections are often wet.
Two boardwalk sections allow exploration of a big marsh and an alder swamp.
The best blueberries are found near this trail from mid-June to mid-August.
0.8 mile, easiest hiking
This trail weaves through a typical second growth forest of oak and cherry, which shades stumps of pine that were logged out over a century ago.
Shingle Mill Trail
3.67 miles (2 miles within the park), more difficult hiking
This path ventures from the parking area near the dam and follows beautiful Black Moshannon Creek. The trail continues north of the Huckleberry Road bridge and connects to the Allegheny Front Trail.
Ski Slope Trail
2 miles, most difficult hiking
The trail passes through a forest as it treks up Rattlesnake Mountain. Enjoy the views from the highest point in the park, including an old ski slope.
At the PA 504 crossing, try to decipher the old Philadelphia-Erie Turnpike mile marker.
Sleepy Hollow Trail
1.2-mile loop, more difficult hiking
Explore a hemlock-birch forest and woodlands of cherry and oak. This trail is recommended for spring wildflowers.
Look for evidence of a 1984 selective timber cut. Harvested trees were killed by years of gypsy moth defoliation. New growth provides good food and cover for turkey, deer, and songbirds.
The trail starts near Pavilion 1.
1.1 miles, easiest hiking
This trail connects to gravel roads and trails open to snowmobiles, horses, and mountain bikes on surrounding Moshannon State Forest land.
Use the Beach Parking Lot which is plowed in winter. This grassy old road provides a trip through an oak woods with an open understory.
Star Mill Trail
2.1-mile loop, easiest hiking
With fine views of the lake and opportunities to see wildlife, this trail travels through pines, a climax forest of beech and hemlock, and an uncommon stand of balsam fir.
Look for evidence of Star Mill, a sawmill built in 1879.
Tent Hill Trail
0.2 mile, more difficult hiking
Begin near Campsite 22. This trail drops down to the lake shoreline and connects the campground with Lake Loop Trail.
Allegheny Front Trail
40 miles, most difficult hiking
This trail encircles the park, traversing 40 miles of the Allegheny Plateau. The trail is rocky and rugged on its the way to five mountain trout streams and eleven vistas in Moshannon State Forest. The Allegheny Front Trail is ideal for backpacking or a day hike on any segment.