Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
Northeast of Williamsport near Hughesville, the Crystal Lake Ski Center has 25 miles of cross-country ski trails groomed for classical and skate. To reach Crystal Lake from Williamsport, follow US180 westbound.
Southeast of Pittsburgh near Somerset in the Forbes State Forest, the Laurel Highlands Ski Touring Area has about a dozen miles of cross country ski trails near Laurel Summit. There are several trailheads on Laurel Summit Road.
Northwest of Reading, the Blue Marsh State Park has 28 miles of rolling cross country ski trails twisting through meadows and hardwood forests. The 22 mile main trail follows the edge of the lake and passes through forest, bridal trails and some gravel roads.
Northwest of Ridgway, the Brush Hollow area has 12km of ungroomed cross country skiing. There are three loops: Challenger, Brushy Gap and Elli Loop (more difficult).
West of Ridgway, the Laurel Mill area has 16 km of ungroomed cross country ski trails. The trail is clearly marked with blue diamond-shaped markers on trees.
Northwest of Clearfield in the Moshannon State Forest, the Rockton Mountain Trails are a series of cross country skiing trails totaling 12 miles traversing scenic forest and streams. The trails are marked with a blue blaze.
South of Warren, the Hearts Content Cross-Country Ski Area offers 8km of loops for nordic skiing. These ungroomed trails pass through dense oak and hickory forests, along with some old-growth. There are usually not too many others up there in the winter and the roads may not be plowed. But, if you can make it you should find some solitude.