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    Forbes State Forest: Mount Davis Natural Area Trail

    Somerset, Pennsylvania

    Forbes State Forest Mount Davis Natural Area Trail

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    "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 feet, is the highest point in Pennsylvania. It is not a pinnacle but a broad flat plateau, and it’s surrounded by 5,685 acres of state forest land.

    Although not high by many standards, wind in the area keeps some of the trees stunted and frost can be present any month of the year. The mountain is named after John Nelson Davis (1835–1913), an early settler who was an active community leader, teacher, and ordained minister, among his many occupations. He was also one of the oldest Civil War veterans of his time, and an avid naturalist fascinated with the environment of Mount Davis."

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    Pittsburgh, PA
    Trailblazer | 680 pts
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    11/3/2007
    It's a nice and easy trail.
    The signs are clear, and the trail is pretty good mainteined. We visited it early November hoped to see fall colors at the tower. There wasn't many trees with leaves on around there. I guess the high elevation had contribution to it. But, still, it's a nice place to visit all year round.
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    Centreville, VA
    Pathfinder | 190 pts
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    4/22/2007
    Overall, an average hiking trail. Nothing spectacular in terms of sights, poorly marked in sections, and not much wildlife (besides several grouse and small birds). I would recommend if passing through Somerset County, PA but do not expect to make a weekend out of it. Several hours is sufficient to see the area. Being from VA, I have really began to appreciate what I have here, being only 1 hour from Shenandoah National Park (my favorite hiking destination in the middle Appalachian range).
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    Murrysville, PA
    Pathfinder | 160 pts
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    7/29/2006
    Overall a very nice hike to the high point in PA. There are no views until you get to the monuments and climb the tower but the path through the woods goes by lush ferns, mountain laruel and hemlocks. Beautifuly any time of year.
    The 2nd to the last mile was quite overgrown and a bit of a pain to walk through but otherwise the hike was quite enjoyable. I'd love to go back in the winter/fall when the bugs and humidity would be gone!!
    The hike is in the book 60 hikes within 60miles of the burgh but we live in a suburb east of pgh and it still took 90+ minutes to get there.
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    60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

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    7.7
    Distance
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Easy
    Skill Level
    4 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    3,150 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    3,150 feet
    Top Elevation
    Forbes State Forest
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