Everett Region map overview

Everett Region of the Mid State Trail


The highest knob, the sharpest ridgelines, and some of the most dramatic views on Mid State Trail await intrepid hikers in the Everett Region. Everett Region starts at a connection with trails of Green Ridge State Forest at the Maryland line, climbs the highest and wildest sections of Tussey Ridge, and ends at US 22 near Water Street.
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State College Region map overview

State College Region of the Mid State Trail


Beautiful views and amazing natural features mark State College Region. Although the trail's heart is the most popular Region of MST, if you hike alone you still will probably encounter more bears than people. The State College Region, where MST began in 1969 as a project of Penn State Outing Club, extends from Water Street through the "Seven Mountains" of Rothrock and Bald Eagle State Forests to R.B. Winter State Park.
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Woolrich Region map overview

Woolrich Region of the Mid State Trail


Straddling both of Pennsylvania's mountain zones, the Tiltrock Country and the Alleghenies, Woolrich Region continues MST's dramatic views, climbing its highest relief at the Gates of Pine Creek within the Allegheny Front. Rocks in the footway gradually get smaller and smaller traveling north, making this Region popular among backpackers. The Woolrich Region extends from remote ridges and valleys, past its eponymous historic mill village and outlet store, over the Allegheny Front to the mouth of Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon.
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Tioga Region map overview

Tioga Region of the Mid State Trail


Entering Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, shaped by massive continental glaciers, Tioga Region continues the challenging backcountry hiking experience of MST through deeply wooded high plateau, and really rural low hills. The views continue and the terrain becomes ever more varied, offering pleasant natural and cultural discoveries around each bend and over every knob. The Tioga Region north of Blackwell is in development: check updates below to see the trail's progress.
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YELLOW CREEK BRIDGE PROJECT GARNERS NATIONAL AWARD

ycb award june 11 2014The Mid State Trail Association's  "Yellow Creek Bridge"  was one of 10 projects to gain national recognition recently with a  2014 award from the Coalition for Recreational Trails. Some of the other projects on the podium were from Alaska, New Mexico and New Hampshire. Deb Dunkle accepted the Recreational Trails Program Achievement Award on behalf of the MSTA at a ceremony held on June 11th in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC.

The Recreational Trails grant money, which made the Yellow Creek Bridge and the other projects possible, came from the federal gas tax fund for nonhighway recreation. Over the past 20 years this fund has provided money for nearly 20,000 projects nationwide.  In Pennsylvania the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources oversees the dispersment of these grants. 

Also on hand to help Deb celebrate this honor were Lauren Imgrund and Vanyla Tierney representing DCNR, Gregory Miller and Pete Olsen from the American Hiking Society, Marianne Fowler and Derrick Crandall, CoChairs of the CRT and Ed Lawrence.


The first KTA trail care weekend of the year in the State College Region

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was held April 11 - 13, 2014 at Seven Mountains Boy Scout Camp. If the turn out was any indicator of things to come then we are in for a good year of Trail Cares and Crews. We had twenty volunteers signed in for the weekend. The weather could not have been any nicer and we did not even need to fire the wood stove Saturday night. 

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Emergency Aliquippa Gap Reroute
aliquippagapemergencyreroutePA Turnpike crossing area update (4/14): The Cornell Road bridge over the PA Turnpike (I-70/76) was permanently removed. With the gracious help of a nearby private landowner, SB hikers can continue on old RR bed between Turnpike and river to Ashcom Rd, turn left to Ashcom Rd underpass and walk east to trail on S side of where bridge used to be. NB hikers coming to the former bridge site turn left/west, follow Ashcom Rd thru underpass, then right down bank and right again on cindered RR bed to pass between Turnpike and Raystown Branch Juniata River. There is a pull-off parking area between Turnpike and quarry on Ashcom Rd, south side of Ashcom Road and just north (compass west) of Turnpike underpass. No parking elsewhere on narrow shouldered Ashcom Rd. See temporary map/guide revision [ http://www.hike-mst.org/images/pdfs/News/2014-04-08aliquippagap.pdf ] Marking has been restored (orange Carsonite posts) through the Earlston Furnace Cinder Piles, north of the former bridge site. If Black Valley Creek is high, one may need to hold onto the fence to cross. Check back here often for updates, especially after June 2014.


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Yellow Creek Bridge Dedication

As an all volunteer organization the Mid State Trail Association embodies the dedication of its members and their passion for the hiking experience that is found along Pennsylvania's longest and wildest footpath.
 
We know that the Mid State Trail provides an experience that connects people to communities, that connects hikers and other trail users, and, most mysteriously, that connects people to themselves.  That is where we leave the chatter of technology in the dust.

kta100milechalange thumbThe Keystone Trail Association, a volunteer-based organization, has as its members indi-viduals who are dedicated to “providing, preserving, protecting and promoting recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunitiesin Pennsylvania, and to representing and advocating the interests and concerns of the Pennsylvania hiking community.” Daryl Warren, of Wellsboro, hiked 212 miles in five months and recently was awarded the 100-Mile Challenge Award from the Keystone Trail Association.

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Welcome to the official site of Pennsylvania's Mid State Trail, with the most current and complete information about Pennsylvania's longest and wildest footpath. You'll also find information about the Mid State Trail Association, the all volunteer organization presented with the task of maintaining the trail.



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  • Today's urban society disconnects us from nature. All too easily we cling to the false hope that we have mastered nature, rather than standing in respect and stewardship of all things within nature, around us. Restoring our place within nature, requires of us that we get back to nature. Foot travel over a remote primitive trail brings an exhilaration, an aliveness that cleanses us of our worldly woes and restores our spirit. Mid State Trail was created to foster these simple, natural, spiritual experiences, so that we may all enjoy a greater respect for nature and therefore protect nature for all future generations.
    Dr. Thomas Thwaites, Father of the Mid State Trail
  • The sign says 'Foot Path Only,' and immediately I know why. The trail is as sinuous and undulating as an angry rattlesnake, and in summer, I bet there are more than a few of those. Entering a labyrinth of rock, outcroppings of immense sandstone, harbor bear-sized crevasses inviting hibernation. The place is so peaceful I could nap, except I keep anticipating an ambush from a lost band of native people or one of the mountain lions that no longer prowl Penn's Woods.
    Brook Lenker, PA DCNR The Word on the Wilds, December 2005
  • The foot path's length (504 km) and connection with the Great Eastern Trail footpath network, offers an extended unity with nature to long-distance walkers.
    Dr. Thomas Kelliher, former President of the MSTA