Mount Nittany

Mount Nittany is probably Centre County’s most famous geographical feature.  Thanks to the Penn State football team, which plays in the “vale of old Mt. Nittany,” fans across the country are familiar with the name and image of the iconic ridge that rises above the Penn State campus and State College.  As a result, Mount […]

Mid State Trail

The Mid State Trail is a 327-mile hiking trail that runs from the border of Maryland in Bedford County to the border of New York in Tioga County. Marked with rectangular orange blazes, many miles of the trail pass through the southern and eastern parts of Centre County. The trail originated in the late 1960s, […]

Penn’s Cave

Penn’s Cave near Centre Hall is a natural limestone cave that has been a popular tourist attraction for more than 130 years. Visitors tour the 1,300-foot-long, water-filled cave by flat-bottom boats. Some of the stalactites and stalagmites appear to resemble sculptures such as the Statue of Liberty and natural landmarks like the Rock of Gibraltar […]

Bald Eagle State Park

Bald Eagle State Park is a 5,900-acre recreation and wildlife area in the Bald Eagle Valley of Centre County. It opened in 1971 and is known for its popular lake, which is surrounded by forests, wetlands, and fields. The park is named for the Lenape chief, Woapalanne, which means “bald eagle.” Chief Woapalanne lived in […]

Colyer Lake

Colyer Lake, created in 1966 by damming Sinking Creek, gave Centre County residents more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on the water and in the woods. The 77-acre impoundment in Potter Township has become a centerpiece for fishing, boating, hiking, and observing wildlife. Owned and managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), it […]

Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park is a 3,394-acre park in Rush Township that conserves a unique natural environment surrounding Black Moshannon Lake. The park, which sits atop the Allegheny Front at an elevation of 1,900 feet, was established in 1937 after the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built a dam, log cabins, picnic pavilions, and trails. According […]

Spring Creek Canyon

Spring Creek Canyon is an 1,800-acre recreation area in Benner Township popular for fly-fishing, hiking, bicycling, and hunting. The six miles of trout stream within its boundaries are a destination for fishermen from around the world. Officially known as the Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Area, it opened to the public in 2011. The land […]

Rothrock State Forest

Rothrock State Forest is a 96,250-acre forest that spreads over Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin counties. Numerous recreation activities are available, including hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing and hunting. The forest is named named for Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock, a native of Mifflin County and Pennsylvania’s first commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, the […]