State College, PA - Centre County - Central Pennsylvania - Home of Penn State University

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Centre County has some of the best hunting in the state for archery. The archery guide will help you find businesses for your archery/bow hunting needs.

Since State College is so mountainous, you have your pick as to where you would like to rock climb or rappel. One such location is in Donation, PA. Take PA 26 east toward Pine Grove Mills. Go over the mountain and follow until you get to a stop sign at McAlevy's Fort. At the stop sign you turn right (bearing left will take you out to Greenwood Furnace State Park). Follow PA 26 through McAlevy' s Fort. As long as you stay on PA 26, you will get to the Village of Donation. After passing through, there is a small church on the right. Make a right there and follow until you get to an elk farm. At the farm turn left and follow the road through the gap in the ridge. There may even be some anchors already there for you to use. This is on private property so you need to contact the PSU Outing Club.

Rock Climbing / Rappelling Locations

Panther Rocks

Directions From Anderson Creek (N of I-80, Exit 18), drive 3 miles East on Four Mile Rd. Panther Rocks are on the right

Level Beginner

Huntingdon Rocks

Directions Huntingdon Rocks are in Huntingdon above Juniata River & railroad tracks. Ask locals before entry of property to avoid trespassing.

Level Advanced

Coburn Area

Directions From Coburn (S of Hwy 45), cross bridge in town over Penns Creek. Follow road to rock on right. Coburn Rocks at roadside and above.

Level Beginner / Advanced

Pinnacle Rock in the Coburn Area

Directions Go 1 mile South of Coburn Rock. Park and cross RR trestle. Hike on path to left for Pinnacle Rock.

PSU Campus

Directions Hammond Wall (90' traverse), The Obelisk (L of Old Main).

Level Mixed Grades

Double Secret Quarry

Directions From Bellefonte, go south on Hwy 150 to Pleasant Gap. Follow Hwy 155 east to a right turn onto White Rock Rd. Follow this to the end. Walk path past gate and along farmer field to Pleasant Gap Quarries 150 yards from road.

Level Intermediate

Castanea Slab

Directions At Castanea (S of Lock Haven), Castanea Slab is on Hwy 220.

Level Intermediate

Big Rocks

Directions From Snowshoe (I-80 at Exit 22), drive W on Hwy 53. Turn N on Hwy 144 for about 30 mi. Turn left at Barney's Ridge Rd and follow to Big Rock's Vista Rd. Turn right and follow to Big Rocks on left.

Level Intermediate / Expert

Pennsylvania has an extensive cave network and many are found local to State College. If you want to explore and see underground formations, you can contact the Nittany Grotto club. There you can rent equipment, go on caving expeditions and basically have a great time. Caving equipment can also be purchased at Appalachian Outdoors in downtown State College - Happy Valley.

Central Pennsylvania has some of the most scenic and challenging hiking trails in the northeast - ranging from a little over a mile (Alan Seeger Trail) to hundreds of miles long (Mid-State Trail). Here are just a few.

Alan Seegar Trail

Distance 1.2 miles

Trail Highlights - Virgin Timber, Rhododendrons

Directions

Stone Creek Road, 7.3 west of 322 or 6.4 miles east from PA 26 at McAlevy's Fort

Snydar Middleswarth State Park

Distance 3.4 miles

Trail Highlights - Virgin timber

Directions

Turn north off of PA 235 in Troxelville onto Swift Run Road. Follow for 4.7 miles

Wykoff Run Natural Area

Distance 4.8 miles

Trail Highlights - White birch

Directions

Drive up from PA 879 on Karthaus for 8.7 miles to the junction with paved Wykoff Run Road, or drive 9.9 miles on Wykoff Run Road from PA 120 at Sinnemahoning

Jackson Trail

Distance 6.3 miles

Trail Highlights - Scenic Views

Directions

On PA 26, 2 miles uphill from the intersection between PA 45 and Pine Grove Mills

Greenwood Fire Tower

Distance 6.5 miles

Trail Highlights - Views from the fire tower; charcoal iron furnace

Directions

PA 305, 5 miles east of the junction with PA 26 at McAlevy's Fort in Stone Valley

Yost Run

Distance 7.1 miles

Trail Highlights - Waterfall

Directions

On PA 144, 13.4 miles northeast from the intersection with PA 879 near Moshannon, or drive 17.2 miles south on PA 144 from the junction with PA 120 in Renovo

Rock Run Trail

Distance 7.2 miles

Trail Highlights - Mountain Stream, Logging

Directions

At the junction of PA 504 and Tram Road, 4.5 miles east of the Julian Pike in Black Moshannon State Park

Eddy Lick Run

Distance 7.3 miles

Trail Highlights - Splash dam

Directions

On De Hass Road, 0.2 mile from PA 144; on PA 144 De Hass Road is 15 miles northeast from the junction with PA 879 near Moshannon or 15.5 miles south from the junction with PA 120 in Renovo

Sand Mountain Tower

Distance 7.9 miles

Trail Highlights - fire tower, views

Directions

On PA 192 about 20 miles west of Lewisberg, just east of the Centre- Union County line.

Hook Natural Area

Distance 8.1 miles

Trail Highlights - large natural area

Directions

In Bald Eagle State Forest between PA 192 and PA 45; take SR 3005 north from the Christ United Lutheran Church on PA 45 between Harleton and Mifflinburg, turn left on Diehl Road until you reach the junction with Old Shingle Road

Little Flat

Distance 8.6 miles

Trail Highlights - views, fire tower

Directions

3.7 miles from the junction of Bear Meadows Road and US 322 east of Boalsburg; drive south past Tussey Mountain Ski Resort and through Galbraith Gap; once through the gap take the first road right, juts after a small pond

Indian Steps

Distance 9.9 miles

Trail Highlights - views, old stone steps

Directions

2 miles uphill from the intersection of PA 45 and PA 26 in Pine Grove Mills.

You can test your skiing skills at Tussey Mountain Ski Resort which offers several slopes of varying difficulty, or you can snowboard in their snowboarding park.

Skiers in State College are within 2 hours of various local resorts and within 3 hours of the Poconos, a large Eastern Pennsylvania ski area with 13 resorts. New York and New England skiing are also in close proximity.

State Parks provide a variety of activities during all seasons. Here are some that may pique your interest.

Whipple Dam State Park

Recreational Opportunities

Camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking trails, boating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, food concession

 

Directions to Whipple Dam State Park Take PA 26 east toward pine Grove Mills; go over the mountain and follow until you see a sign for Whipple Dam State Park on your left

For information call (814) 667-1800

Penn Roosevelt State Park

Recreational Opportunities

Picnicking, camping, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting

 

Directions to Penn Roosevelt State Park From US 322, one half mile east of Potters Mills, turn south onto Crowfield Road, look for signs

For more information call (814)667-1800

Greenwood Furnace State Park

Recreational Opportunities

Camping, playground, hunting, picnicking

 

Directions to Greenwood Furnace State Park Take PA 26 east, go over the mountain, and follow until you get to the stop sign of McAlevy's Fort; bear left and follow until you see signs for the park

For more information call 1 (888) PA- Parks

Bald Eagle State Park

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking  - Picnicking  - Swimming  - Boating  - Fishing  - Hunting  - Wildlife Watching  - Cross-country Skiing  - Sledding  - Ice Fishing  - Ice Skating  - Yurts  - Camping Cottages  - Camping

 

Directions to Bald Eagle State Park ... Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County, is along PA Route 150 between Milesburg and Lock Haven. From the west, take I-80 to Exit 158 and take PA 150 north for about 10 miles. From the east, take I-80 to Exit 178 and take U.S. 220 north, then take PA 150 south for about 13 miles.

For more information call ... 814-625-2775

Central Pennsylvania has many options for places to go boating. In the boating section you will find business listings, events, and news related stories for boating.

Enjoy beautiful public and private golf courses in Centre County, PA.

Penn State Golf Courses

Public Course

1523 W. College Ave., State College, PA 16803

Contact (814) 865-4653

Toftrees Resort and Conference Center

Public Course

1 Country Club Lane, State College, PA 16803

Contact (814) 238-7600

Tussey Mountain Par Three Golf Course

Public Course

P.O. 885, Boalsburg, PA 16827

Contact (814) 466-6810

State College Elks Club

Route 322, Boalsburg, PA 16827

Contact (814) 466-7231

Centre Hills County Club

Private Course

901 E. Branch Road, State College, PA 16802

Contact (814) 238-0111

Nittany Country Club

Private Course

P.O. 164, Bellefonte, PA 16823

Contact (814) 383-2611

Philipsburg Country Club

Private Course

P.O. 307, Philipsburg, PA 16866

Contact (814) 342-0279

Welcome to the camping section of our outdoor guide. Central Pennsylvania has hundreds of camp grounds and below you will find listings to some of the local campgrounds in Centre County.

Mountain biking in central PA is a challenging scenic experience. These scenic bike trails offer beautiful landscapes and memorable experiences. Deer Pen Trail, in State College Pennsylvania, offers riding for the mid-level experienced biker. These trails are located by Toftrees.

The Penn State arboretum is constructing the Bellefonte Central Rail Trail. Below is the information regarding this trail and other rail trails in the central PA region.

Rail Trails in Central PA

Bellefonte Central Rail Trail

Length 1.3 mile trail, 5 miles proposed

Getting to the Trail Route 322 to State College in Centre County

Listed Trail Head Locations

US- 322 Business to Clinton Avenue

Clinton Avenue East to Mckee Street Bikeway. North: US-322 to Waddle Road exit

Waddle Road to Toftrees Avenue. Trail intersects Toftrees Avenue .1 mile from Waddle Road

Lower Trail

Length 16.5 mile trail, 1 miles proposed

Getting to the Trail Along the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River from Alfarata (Near Alexandria) in Huntingdon County to Flowing Spring (Near Canoe Creek) in Blair County

Listed Trail Head Locations

Alfarata Station (Near Alexandria), Mt. Etna Station

Cove Dale Station

Williamsburg Station

Grannis Station

Flowing Spring Station

Penns Creek Path

Length 3 mile trail

Getting to the Trail Centre, Mifflin and Snyder Counties

Listed Trail Head Locations

Poe Paddy State Park

Cherry Run

Snow Shoe Trail

Length 20 mile trail, 8 miles underconstruction

Getting to the Trail Philipsburg to Loch Lomond Junction in Clearfield County

Listed Trail Head Locations

Philipsburg

Loch Lomond Junction

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