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Hiking at Penn-Roosevelt State Park

Many trails are on nearby state forest land.

Mid State Trail

The Mid State Trail bisects the park and provides cross-country hiking in the Ridge and Valley Region of central Pennsylvania.

This 171-mile ridge top route connects US 22 at Water Street, Huntingdon County, and the West Rim Trail in the Tioga State Forest north of Blackwell, Tioga County.

This trail passes through a diversity of forested areas from newly regenerated forest stands to mature and old growth timber areas. Scenic vistas dot the trail, which passes through Thickhead Wild Area, and Bear Meadows and Detweiler Run natural areas.

The main trail is marked with orange blazes -- two inches by six inches. Side trails are blue paint-blazed rectangles of the same size.

Trail registers are at a number of places along the trail and overnight camping is permitted anywhere along the trail except in the natural areas or within 200 feet of any forest road.

Hikers wishing to overnight at Penn-Roosevelt State Park must use the camping area and pay the nightly fee.

Hikers overnighting on the trail who wish to leave their vehicle overnight at the park should register with the Greenwood Furnace State Park office and use the main parking lot next to the CCC camp monument.

The Mid State Trail is a rugged and demanding mountaintop trail, and hikers assume their own liability, realizing the difficulty and possible dangers involved.

A detailed trail guide, including maps, is available for a small fee by writing to:

Keystone Trails Association
101 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101