Best Hiking in Pennsylvania

This list represents the most popular hiking in Pennsylvania. Use this list to plan your next Pennsylvania hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Karamac–Dunnfield Creek Loop Trail


This trail has the best of both worlds for you and your dog—solitude in quiet, almost undisturbed nature on one side of the Kittatinny Ridge and a popular glacial stream on the other. A short jaunt ac…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey"
Portland, PA - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Mingo Creek County Park Loop Trail


For a short 1.4-mile walk, follow the paved path to the Ebenezer Covered Bridge and turn around for an out-and-back. The remainder of the hike is hilly and can be muddy, but it’s a good workout with p…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Washington, PA - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#3. Forbes State Forest: Mount Davis Natural Area Trail


The Mount Davis overlook tower offers a spectacular 360-degree view. The trails are pretty, especially in spring and fall. You can make this hike shorter or longer, as you wish. Mount Davis, at 3,213…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Somerset, PA - Hiking - 7.7 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. Twin Lakes Park: Loop The Lakes Trail


This is an extremely well-maintained park with pleasant views of the lake during most of the walk. A stroll around the lakes’ perimeters can be a wonderful way to end a stressful day, or begin a peace…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Greensburg, PA - Hiking - 2.3 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Mcconnells Mill: Slippery Rock Gorge Trail


Bring your camera. The gorge itself, cut in just a few thousand years by the force of the meltwater of three glacial lakes, is surrounded by large trees (some virgin), waterfalls, and at least 69 spec…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
New Castle, PA - Hiking - 12.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#6. Eliza Furnace Trail


The Eliza Furnace Trail is a segment of the almost complete 37-mile Three Rivers Heritage Trail, which is conveniently located and used by commuters, walkers, bikers, joggers, and skaters of all ages.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Pittsburgh, PA - Hiking - 5.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#7. Forbes State Forest: Laurel Summit-Wolf Rocks Overlook Loop Trail


Wolf Rocks Overlook offers a spectacular 180- degree view, and the hike to it is just as spectacular as the overlook itself. If you’ve parked in the first parking area near the restrooms, turn left an…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Somerset, PA - Hiking - 4.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Pittsburgh Area Getaway


Where was your town on the list when Pittsburgh was rated Number 1 as a place to live by Rand-McNally? In spite of the grousing by those of us who live elsewhere, let’s give Pittsburgh a chance! It wa…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Pittsburgh, PA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Cedar Creek Park: Gorge Trail Loop Trail


The trailhead is within spitting distance of the Youghiogheny River Trail and a stone’s throw to the Youghiogheny River. This hike can be easily combined with other outdoor activities or relaxation (s…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Greensburg, PA - Hiking - 1.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. Ohiopyle State Park: Ferncliff Natural Area Loop Trail


If you want a leisurely walk that is rather level and avoids the crowds, this trail provides an easily accessible escape into Pennsylvania’s woods and is suitable for hikers of all ages. Park in the p…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Uniontown, PA - Hiking - 3.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Chales F. Lewis Natural Area: Rager Mountain Trail Loop Trail


A steep initial hike affords views of waterfalls cascading down Clark Run and leads to a ridgeline walk through pretty forest. The final leg, a somewhat steep descent, includes some rock-to-rock stepp…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Indiana, PA - Hiking - 4.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Laurel Ridge State Park: Laurel Highlands Trail - PA 653 Access To Grindle Ridge


This section of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail travels Laurel Ridge, offering the unusual combination of a level hike and an overlook. This choice is a good one for beginning hikers (who can go as…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Somerset, PA - Hiking - 11.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. Forbes State Forest: Quebec Run Wild Area Trail


The Quebec Run Wild Area is a special treat. The entire hike is pretty any time of year. But if you go during late June or July, you will walk through bowers of rhododendron and mountain laurel in blo…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Uniontown, PA - Hiking - 3.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Harrison Hills Park: Rachel Carson Trail-Pond And River Overlooks Trails


The Pond hike has a number of side trails, but don’t let it scare you off; it is easy to follow. The River Overlooks hike is very easy to follow and provides panoramic views of the Allegheny River in…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Pittsburgh, PA - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Forbes State Forest: Lick Hollow Pine Knob Overloop Trail


The Lick Hollow Area is beautiful. It has an abundance of picnic tables nicely spaced and most are shaded. In combination with Lick Run and the available hikes, this is a perfect place to have a famil…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Uniontown, PA - Hiking - 4.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Schenley Park Loop Trail


Schenley Park is Pittsburgh’s flagship park and should not be missed. It has a pleasant environment, historical value, and aesthetics that reflect its roots and the care devoted to it through time. In…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Pittsburgh, PA - Hiking - 1.7 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Bear Run Nature Reserve: Southeast Loop Trail


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy owns and protects this 5,000-acre reserve located on the western slope of Laurel Ridge. The trails and terrain are diverse and notably beautiful and peaceful. Th…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Uniontown, PA - Hiking - 8.1 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#18. Boyce Park Log Cabin Trail Expanded Loop Trail


This hike includes both woodlands and meadows and connects many unmarked trails. As a result, the hiker passes through a variety of habitats and also sees some of the park’s amenities. If you wish, st…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Pittsburgh, PA - Hiking - 2.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Kooser State Park Loop Trail


Kooser State Park is quieter and serenely beautiful during the winter months when snow bends the branches of evergreens over icy Kooser Run. Summer, however, offers swimming and fishing in Kooser Lake…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Somerset, PA - Hiking - 2.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Hartwood Acres Tour


The mansion and its grounds compose a 629-acre equestrian estate designed in the lavish style of the wealthy during the early part of the 19th century. Any visitor is impressed with the beautifully de…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh"
Pittsburgh, PA - Hiking - 2.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press