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Mid-State Trail (MST) – is a 522.98 km-long (324.96 mi) main trail network with many side trails located in the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians andAllegheny Plateau of Central Pennsylvania. It is known as “The Wildest Trail in Pennsylvania”. In 2006, the MST was announced as part of the Great Eastern Trail network of footpaths intended to extend from Alabama to New York State.

Bog & Boulder TrailParking is accessed just off Rt. 56 at the Clear Shade Wild Area parking lot. This path and trail is in the Babcock Division of the Gallitzin State Forest on a relatively level plateau varying between 2,400 and 2540 feet elevation. Clear Shade Wild Area is located south of the Babcock picnic area off of Route 56 in northern Somerset County. Part of the John P. Saylor Trail and Clear Shade Creek wind their way through the 2,791 acres of cherry, maple and beech forest.

Laurel Highland Hiking Trial (LHHT)  – The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) is a 70 mile backpacking/hiking footpath located in Western PA.  It stretches from the swift whitewaters of the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, PA, to the beautiful Conemaugh Gorge near Seward, PA.  The trail traverses State Game Lands, State Forests, State Parks, and some private property at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Mt. View Trail (Blue Knob SP) – A hike along the Mountain View Trail will provide a southwestern view along the Appalachian Plateau from the Pavia Overlook. This is a trail for the more experienced hiker and mountain biker. The trail begins east of the Willow Springs Picnic Area heading northeast then loops around Beaverdam Creek at about 2 miles.

Rock & Ridge Trail; Blue Knob State Park – The Allegheny Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountain range. It is a barrier range that has a northeast–southwest orientation and runs for about 400 miles (640 km) from north-centralPennsylvania, through western Maryland and eastern West Virginia, to southwestern Virginia. The principal settlements of the Alleghenies are right here in HBF territory: Altoona, State College, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Cumberland, Maryland.

Montour Trail Named Pennsylvania’s 2017 Trail of the Year – Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the Montour Trail in Allegheny and Washington counties has been named the state’s 2017 Trail of the Year.

“With a history of support dating back to the late 1980s, and annual user numbers surpassing 400,000, the Montour Trail deserves to be singled out in this fourth year of very special recognition,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Quality, benefits to the region, and a strong volunteer network and multitude of partnerships qualify Montour for this honor.”

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