Editor’s note: This story is part of the Eat, Play, Live special section.
Central Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest recreational areas in the state.
State parks and forests offer a variety of activities, including fishing, hunting, hiking, caving, skiing and sailing.
For complete listings of activities, advisories and reservation information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
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At www.explorepatrails.com, visitors can find nearby trails or upload trail information to share with other hikers. Some of the major trails are included here.
ALAN SEEGER NATURAL AREA
From State College, take U.S. Route 322 East to Bear Meadows Road; turn south on Bear Meadows Road at the sign for Tussey Mountain Ski Resort; 10 miles south along this road, one mile past the Detweiler Run Natural Area. Hiking and picnicking within Rothrock State Forest.
BALD EAGLE STATE FOREST
Covers more than 190,000 acres in Centre, Clinton, Mifflin, Snyder and Union counties. Hiking, picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, sightseeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorized trails, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing. For information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/ stateforests/baldeagle or call 570-922-3344.
BALD EAGLE STATE PARK
This 5,900-acre state park features Foster Joseph Sayers Dam and lake on state Route 150 near Howard. Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, yurts, cottages, wildlife and bird-watching, Nature Inn. 625-2775, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit www. dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ findapark/baldeagle.
BEAR MEADOWS NATURAL AREA
From State College, take U.S. Route 322 East to Bear Meadows Road; turn south on Bear Meadows Road at the sign for Tussey Mountain Ski Resort. Hiking trails, rare plants and trees and a freshwater bog within Rothrock State Forest. Adjacent is Big Flat Laurel Natural Area, which features the state flower, the mountain laurel; Thickhead Mountain Wild Area offers undeveloped mixed-oak forest surrounding Detweiler Run and Bear Meadows natural areas.
BEAR RUN NATURAL AREA
South of Woodward, at the intersection of Bear Run and Cherry Run roads, features old-growth hemlock, birch, yellow poplar and ash within Bald Eagle State Forest.
BLACK MOSHANNON STATE PARK
Park covers 3,394 acres of forest area and wetlands off state Route 504, nine miles east of Philipsburg. Mountain biking, boating, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, fishing, ice fishing, ice skating, ice boating, group tenting, camping, cabins, hiking and picnicking. 342-5960 or blackmoshannonsp @pa.gov. For information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ findapark/blackmoshannon.
GREENWOOD FURNACE STATE PARK
Park covers 423 acres along state Route 305, 35 minutes southeast of State College in Huntingdon County. Fishing, ice fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, orienteering, picnicking, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling and hiking. 667-1800 or greenwoodfurnacesp @pa.gov. For information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ findapark/greenwoodfurnace.
MOSHANNON STATE FOREST
Covers 190,000 acres, mostly in Centre, Clearfield and Elk counties. Includes portions of 50,000-acre Quehanna Wild Area. Hiking, picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, sightseeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. For information, visit www.dcnr.state .pa.us/forestry/stateforests/ moshannon/index.htm or call 765-0821.
Moss-Hanne Trail: The 11-mile loop trail circles a bog in Black Moshannon State Park. Waterproof footwear is recommended.
Allegheny Front Trail: A 41-mile trail encircles Black Moshannon State Park. Maps available at the park office.
Rock Run Trail: A 14-mile figure-eight trail that can be hiked from various access points. Maps available at the park office.
Quehanna Trail: A 73-mile loop trail in Moshannon and Elk state forests. Connector trails permit shorter hikes. A spur trail connects the Quehanna to the Donut Hole Trail and the Bucktail Path.
PENN-ROOSEVELT STATE PARK
Park covers 41 acres in the Seven Mountains region. Turn south onto Crowfield or Stone Creek Road off U.S. Route 322, east of Potters Mills. Camping, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling and picnicking. 667-1800 or email@example.com. For information, visit www.dcnr .state.pa.us/stateparks/find apark/pennroosevelt.
POE PADDY STATE PARK
A fishing paradise three miles east of Poe Valley State Park on Big Poe Road at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek. Also picnicking, hiking, camping, organized group tenting and snowmobiling. 717-667-3622 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit www.dcnr .state.pa.us/stateparks/find apark/poepaddy.
POE VALLEY STATE PARK
A 620-acre park 12 miles south of Millheim off state Route 45 in Coburn. Hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, camping cottages, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. 349-2460 or email@example.com. For information, visit www.dcnr .state.pa.us/stateparks/find apark/poevalley.
RAYMOND B. WINTER STATE PARK
Park covers 695 acres and is located five miles east of Livonia off state Route 192; 18 miles west of Lewisburg. Picnicking, hunting, cross-country skiing, pavilions, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, hiking, lodging, camping cottages and mountain biking. 570-966-1455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit www.dcnr .state.pa.us/stateparks/find apark/raymondbwinter/index .htm.
ROTHROCK STATE FOREST
Off U.S. Route 322 south of State College, covers almost 97,000 acres in Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties; the well-known Jo Hays Vista overlook atop Pine Grove Mountain along state Route 26 at the Centre-Huntingdon county line. Two designated pavilion areas with multiuse trails. Hiking, picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For information, visit www. dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/state forests/rothrock/index.htm or call 643-2340.
Mid State Trail: The 172-mile trail stretches from U.S. Route 22 near Water Street north to Tioga County. It follows roughly along the border between Huntingdon and Centre counties for more than 50 miles with numerous Centre County access points in the Rothrock and Bald Eagle state forests. Two side trails are Ironstone Trail (10.6 miles) and Greenwood Spur (seven miles).
SPROUL STATE FOREST
Covers about 305,000 acres in northern Centre and western Clinton counties along the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. Hiking, picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, sightseeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorized trails, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. For information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/ stateforests/sproul/index.htm or call 570-923-6011.
Chuck Keiper Trail: A 50-mile double-looped system including trails in the Fish Dam Wild Area and Burns Run Wild Area.
WHIPPLE DAM STATE PARK
Park on 256 acres off state Route 26, 12 miles south of State College. Swimming, fishing, ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and picnicking. Contact: 667-1800 or greenwood email@example.com. For information, visit www.dcnr .state.pa.us/stateparks/find apark/whippledam.