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Hiking at Sizerville State Park

5 miles of trails

The hiking trail system offers a series of five loop trails.

For your safety, if you are planning to hike from the park onto the Elk State Forest trail system, be sure you have an Elk State Forest map and advise park personnel of your hiking plans.

Sizerville State Park Trail Map (PDF)

Trail Definitions

Difficulty Ratings

Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.

Trail Route Type

Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.

Bottomlands Trail

0.7 mile  |  Easiest hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: potable water, picnic tables

Traveling along a small stream through a forested area, this short trail connects to the snowmobile trail which leads back to the trailhead. 

Campground Trail

0.8 mile  |  Easiest hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, cross-country skiing recommended, snowshoeing recommended
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, potable water, picnic tables

This easy loop follows along West Branch Cowley Run. It has excellent access for fishing and wildlife viewing. A bench is on the hill above the creek, opposite side of the campground, to take a moment of rest and enjoy the view.

Nady Hollow Trail

0.7 mile in the park, 1.5 miles total  |  More difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, potable water, picnic tables

This 1.5-mile, wooded loop ascends 700 feet into Elk State Forest before returning down through a narrow hollow. Use the Nady Hollow Connector Trait to loop back to the trailhead.

North Slope Trail

1.2 miles  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing recommended, snowshoeing recommended
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, picnic tables

This trail can be used to hike a portion of Bucktail Path in a loop fashion by using Crooked Run Road as a connector. It is often used for guided hikes with the park naturalist. 

Snowmobile Trail

1.5 miles  |  Easiest hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Orange diamonds
Recreations permitted: hiking, snowmobiling
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, picnic tables

This seasonal snowmobile trail has a trailhead with parking and a non-flush restroom. It provides a connection to the Elk State Forest snowmobile trails on Fee Hollow Road, East Cowley Run Road, and Crooked Run Road.

Bucktail Path Trail

Sizerville State Park also is a trailhead for the Bucktail Path Trail, which is part of an extensive trail system throughout the northern tier region of central Pennsylvania.