Alan Seeger Natural Area to Greenwood Fire Tower

State College, Pennsylvania

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The hike begins as a gentle nature walk on a pine needle path that leads to some of the oldest trees in the state. You crisscross a delightful mountain stream as you wind your way through tunnels of rhododendrons, some as high as 20 feet with a 4-inch diameter. You make a major climb as you ascend to the mountaintop and a fire tower, which provides a panoramic view. Like unsolved mysteries, on this hike there are two. The first concerns the area’s namesake, Alan Seeger. Seeger was an American who moved to Paris to become a poet. When World War I broke out, he joined the French Foreign Legion and received a number of medals for his courage. His claim to fame came about as a result of his poem, “I Have a Rendezvous with Death,” which eerily came true when he was killed in battle on July 4, 1916. Today, no one knows why his name was attached to this natural area. There are no available records to show if or when Seeger ever visited this part of the state.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

The hike begins as a gentle nature walk on a pine needle path that leads to some of the oldest trees in the state. You crisscross a delightful mountain stream as you wind your way through tunnels of rhododendrons, some as high as 20 feet with a 4-inch diameter. You make a major climb as you ascend to the mountaintop and a fire tower, which provides a panoramic view.

Like unsolved mysteries, on this hike there are two. The first concerns the area’s namesake, Alan Seeger. Seeger was an American who moved to Paris to become a poet. When World War I broke out, he joined the French Foreign Legion and received a number of medals for his courage. His claim to fame came about as a result of his poem, “I Have a Rendezvous with Death,” which eerily came true when he was killed in battle on July 4, 1916. Today, no one knows why his name was attached to this natural area. There are no available records to show if or when Seeger ever visited this part of the state.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: State College
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 1,018 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Rothrock State Forest, 181 Rothrock Ln., Huntingdon 16652; (814) 643- 2340; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/rothrock/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS McAlevys Fort, PA; Barrville, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Alan Seeger Natural Area to Greenwood Fire Tower

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