Pennsylvania’s got so many selling points that it’s hard not to love our fine state. An example? You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to hike along some of the world’s best hiking trails. You’ll find a slew of simply jaw dropping hiking trails right here in Pennsylvania. Here are 10 of them.
1. Glen Onoko Falls
Lace up your sturdiest hiking boots for this four mile hike along Glen Onoko Falls Trail in Jim Thorpe. The challenging hike will require you to step on rocks, which are often slippery, as you cross picturesque streams. Of course, you’ll be well rewarded at the end with picture perfect views of Glen Onoko Falls.
2. Quehanna Loop Trail
Keep an eye out for elk as you hike through Moshannon and Elk State Forests on the Quehanna Loop Trail. The epic 70-mile trail boasts spectacular natural scenery, including forests, lush meadows, and picturesque streams. Start your hike at the Parker State Dam Trailhead.
3. Falls Trail
A trip to Ricketts Glen State Park would certainly be incomplete without a hike along Falls Trail. Home to a stunning 22 waterfalls, the park’s popular Falls Trail leads you past 18 of them, including the jaw dropping 90-foot Ganoga Falls (pictured above). The epic hiking trail is recommended for hikers in good shape as the terrain is often rough and wet.
4. Golden Eagle Trail
Drink in unforgettable views of Pine Creek Gorge when you hike along the Golden Eagle Trail. The trail spans just about nine miles and it’s not for the faint of heart. Be sure you wear sturdy hiking shoes and carry plenty of water as you embark on this challenging yet epic trail.
5. Thousand Steps Trail
Test your stamina when you embark on the Thousand Steps Trail. Yes, there really are 1,000 steps for you to climb along this unforgettable trail that’s part of the award-winning Standing Stone Trail. The nearly 10-mile hike will take you to several vistas, including Mount Union Incline Vista and Mapleton Overlook.
6. The Appalachian Trail
Part of the world-famous Appalachian Trail runs right through PA. The trail passes through such Pennsylvania towns as Boiling Springs, Duncannon, and the Delaware Water Gap. The trail spans 229 miles in Pennsylvania with many of those miles considered easy hiking. However, be prepared for some challenges, including steep drops near rivers.
7. Pulpit Rock-Pinnacle Trail Loop
Part of the Appalachian Trail, the Pulpit Rock-Pinnacle Trail Loop spans nearly nine miles. The moderately difficult trail is one of the most popular trails in the state because of its breathtaking vistas. Drink in jaw dropping views from Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle.
8. Hickory Creek Wilderness Area Trail
Discover the pure beauty of nature along the Hickory Creek Wilderness Area Trail. At just over 12 miles, the moderate loop trail promises plenty of opportunity to see native wildlife. Follow the signs along the trail to guide you.
9. Three Rivers Heritage Trail
The 24 miles of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail will take you through the diverse neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, including the North Side and Oakland. The picturesque trail connects to the Great Allegheny Passage which leads to Maryland.
10. Canyon Vista Trail
Nestled in Worlds End State Park, the Canyon Vista Trail loop spans four miles and promises spectacular views of Loyalsock Creek Gorge. Hikers, however, should be in good shape and wear sturdy hiking boots. The trail is considered challenging, dotted with rock gardens and steep hills. Here’s a map of Worlds End State Park.
What other hiking trails do you think deserve to be on a part two of this list?