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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  • 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