Hiking at Canoe Creek State Park
12 miles of trails
The beautiful and winding hiking trails of Canoe Creek State Park allow hikers to explore forests, fields, wetlands, shrubby areas, historic sites, and the lakeshore.
Hiking trails range from easy to difficult and provide ample opportunity for wildlife watching. Vistas atop Sugarloaf and Moore’s hills provide scenic views of the park and surrounding area. On a clear day, visitors can even catch a glimpse of Blue Knob State Park, more than 20 miles away.
Information on trails, wildlife, and geocaching can be obtained at the education center or the park office.
Hikers should be prepared for trail conditions and varied weather. Since Canoe Creek State Park is a multi-use park, hikers should wear fluorescent orange when hiking during hunting seasons.
Beaver Pond Trail
0.9 mile, orange blazes, easiest hiking
This easy trail takes visitors around the ponds located on the east side of the lake, through thickets and fields, and along gentle slopes. Great trail for birding and lake views.
1.1 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking
Visitors enjoy lake views as this trail meanders along the east shore day use area, through woods, and along Brumbaugh Dam. Anglers enjoy the many lakeside fishing opportunities.
1.5 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking
Hartman Trail challenges hikers to climb the slope of Moore's Hill to the ridge where the trail becomes a narrow rocky path through scenic woodlands, overlooking Scotch Valley, and then back down over the old Blair Limestone Company quarry and limekilns before following Mattern Trail along Mary Ann's Creek.
1.2 miles, red blazes, easiest hiking
This scenic trail is a visitor favorite. It follows the old railroad grade to the Blair Limestone Company kilns and along the beautiful corridor of Mary Ann's Creek. Several bridges provide opportunities for creek crossings. This is a great trail for woodland birds and wildflowers.
Marsh Trail Loop
0.4 mile, white blazes, easiest hiking
A visitor favorite, Marsh Trail provides a scenic winding boardwalk along the lakefront, with benches and an observation blind for plenty of wildlife viewing.
Mattern Trail Loop
2.2 miles, pink blazes, most difficult hiking
The loop trail traverses both field and forest, taking visitors almost to the ridge of Moore's Hill for scenic views and through diverse habitat on this multi-use trail.
Moore's Hill Loop
3.2 miles, blue blazes, most difficult hiking
Visitors enjoy a more challenging hike as the trail follows along the circumference of Moore’s Hill and provides steep switchbacks before descending through scenic forest trails to meet Canoe Creek and the fields of lower Moore's Hill.
Smith Hillside Loop
0.7 mile, orange blazes, most difficult hiking
This narrow trail ascends the side of the slope on Smith Hillside, winding along the top of the ravine before descending through the woods and winding along Mary Ann's Creek.
0.7 mile, yellow blazes, more difficult hiking
Winding around Sugarloaf Hill, the trail provides scenic lake views, as well as a gentle to steep hike through the woods.