Best Pennsylvania Hiking Trails

Pennsylvania has 30 hikes.

  October 16, 2018

Located in the US, the hiking in Pennsylvania offers over twenty awesome hiking and backpacking trails. The best Pennsylvania hiking based on popularity are considered to be Appalachian Trail, West Rim Trail, French Creek State Park, Blue Marsh Lake Trail, and Black Forest Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Pennsylvania hiking trail below.

Where Can I Hike In Pennsylvania?


FEATURED:  West Rim Trail

  Tioga State Forest, Pennsylvania

  July 9, 2016

Near Wellsboro in the Tioga State Forest, the 31 mile West Rim Trail runs the western rim of the Pine Creek Gorge in the 13,000-acre Pine Creek Natural Area. The West Rim Trail is truly breathtaking during the fall foliage season from mid-September to mid-October. Its best to run from north-to-south beginning in Ansonia.

FEATURED:  Blue Marsh Lake Trail


  July 10, 2016

Northwest of Reading near Leesport, the Blue Marsh Lake Area has 28 miles of rolling hiking trails twisting through green meadows and dark hardwood forests. The main Blue Marsh Lake trail (22 miles) follows the edge of the lake and passes through forest, bridal trails and some gravel roads.

FEATURED:  Quehanna Trail

  Elk State Forest, Pennsylvania

  August 12, 2016

South of St. Marys, the Quehanna Trail is a 75 mile hiking loop that starts from Parker Dam State park and runs through both Elk and Moshannon State Forests. The route passes through some wild, scenic, and challenging terrain. The main orange blazed trail begins on the western end at Parker Dam State Park.

FEATURED:  Pinchot Trail System


  July 18, 2016

Near Wilkes Barre, the Pinchot Trail Systems in the 8,000 acre Lackawanna State Forest is a combination of gravel roads, double track, rocky single track and grassy trails. The 23 mile orange-blazed trail on the Pocono Plateau offers scenic forest overlooks, hemlock shrouded creeks and bogs. Keep an eye out for bear, deer and an occasional rattlesnake.

FEATURED:  Susquehannock Trail


  August 2, 2016

Located in north-central Penn, the Susquehannock Trail is an 85 mile loop between Denton Hill and Cross Fork in Potter County. This rolling, long-distance hiking trail swings an impressive oval through Susquehannock State Forest, visiting Ole Bull and Patterson state parks, Hammersly Wild Area, and Cherry Springs Fire Tower.

FEATURED:  Black Forest Trail


  July 7, 2016

Near Slate Run in the Tiadaghton State Forest, the Black Forest Trail is a 42 mile loop combining old railroad grades, old forest roads and trails through spectacular forests. This strenuous route climbs and descends numerous ridges, crosses many streams and is blazed with orange markers.

FEATURED:  Wissahickon Valley

  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  July 1, 2016

Near Philadelphia in the Delaware Valley, the 9,000 acre Fairmount Park has a scenic 4,000 acre northwest section called the Wissahickon Valley. The Wissahickon Trail System is a 20+ mile network with some of the best hiking in the northeast over varied terrain. The system is well-marked and consists of looping trails through ancient elms and oaks.

FEATURED:  Buzzard Swamp Loop

  Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania

  July 14, 2016

Southwest of Marienville, the Buzzard Swamp Wildlife Area has a 9.6 mile system of interconnecting hiking trails around 15 man-made ponds. This is a very scenic area gentle rolling through forest and meadows, which is also shared with for mountain biking and cross country skiing in the winter.

FEATURED:  Linn Run Trail System

  Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

  July 30, 2016

Southeast of Pittsburgh and Ligonier in the Forbes State Forest, the 10+ mile Linn Run Trail System is open to hiking. The system consists of the Grove Run Trail (3.8 miles), Fish Run Trail (2.5 miles) and the Quarry Trail (3.9 miles) among others. There are several trailheads along Linn Run Road.

FEATURED:  Mountain Streams Trail

  Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

  October 16, 2018

Southeast of Pittsburgh and Donegal in the Forbes State Forest, the 7.7 mile Mountain Streams Trail is the backbone of the trail system. There are several trailheads located on SR31. The multi-use trails are also shared with mountain biking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.