18 Best Hiking Trails In Pennsylvania: The Top-Rated Hiking Trails To Visit In 2023
By Beth Price-Williams|Updated on December 01, 2023(Originally published July 13, 2023)
A professional writer for more than two decades, Beth has lived in nearly a dozen states – from Missouri and Virginia to Connecticut and Vermont – and Toronto, Canada. In addition to traveling extensively in the U.S. and the U.K., she has a BA in Journalism from Point Park University (PA), a MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton University (NJ), and a Master of Professional Writing from Chatham University (PA). A writer and editor for Only In Your State since 2016, Beth grew up in and currently lives outside of Pittsburgh and when she’s not writing or hanging out with her bunnies, budgies, and chinchilla, she and her daughter are out chasing waterfalls.
Anyone who’s traveled in Pennsylvania can attest that it’s breathtakingly beautiful. However, there’s only so much we can see by car. If we really want to experience the natural beauty, we have to put on our hiking shoes and get out there and explore some of the best hikes in Pennsylvania. But where do we start? The following 18 trails represent some of the best hikes in Pennsylvania and offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an easy trek with the kiddos or a challenging overnighter.
With more than 1,600 hiking trails in Pennsylvania, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re striking out on your first trek or you’re a seasoned hiker. If you prefer a leisurely stroll along a riverwalk, you’ll find it in Pennsylvania. But if you’re all about challenging, rugged terrain, you’ll find a trail in Pennsylvania that fits the bill.
Here are three of the best hikes in Pennsylvania. Each promises a unique adventure, but all three have one thing in common: Spellbinding beauty that showcases some of the best Pennsylvania has to offer.
Best Short & Easy Hikes in Pennsylvania
Short and sweet defines countless Pennsylvania trails. While these easy trails in Pennsylvania may not tally many miles, they’re certainly packed with gorgeous natural scenery. Bring the kiddos and your pups (as long as they’re leashed) along on the best short and easy hikes in Pennsylvania.
Hardest Hikes in Pennsylvania
On the hunt for a challenging hike in Pennsylvania? Look no further! The three hardest hikes in Pennsylvania will put your hiking skills to the test, but you’ll be more than sufficiently rewarded with some of the best views (views not everyone gets to see) in the entire state.
From lakes to rivers, Pennsylvania’s brimming with beautiful bodies of water. It’s only natural then that there are some amazing waterfront hikes in Pennsylvania that give a glimpse of those rivers and lakes. From an easy riverwalk to a moderately-challenging trail, these waterfront hikes are perfect all year long.
Best Winter Hikes in Pennsylvania
A fresh snowfall transforms the landscape into a winter wonderland. Instead of staying inside curled up with a hot chocolate, bundle up and follow one of the best winter hikes in Pennsylvania. From sweeping views from the tallest point in the state to a short but sweet journey to its tallest waterfall, these winter hikes in Pennsylvania belong on your bucket list.
Best Hikes Near Philadelphia
When you need a break from the excitement of big-city life, get out there and explore one of the best hikes near Philadelphia. Stroll past gorgeous scenery – a covered bridge, waterfalls, and lush foliage – and you can even make music by tapping a hammer on rocks on one of the best hikes near Philadelphia.
Do you agree that these are some of the best hikes in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments!
These hikes in Pennsylvania, however, are just a launching point. There are hundreds of amazing trails all across the state. Try AllTrails+ For Free, and explore some more!
If you’re still in the mood for more Pennsylvania adventures, take a look at this video about the Philadelphia Magic Garden:
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Where can we learn about Pennsylvania history?
The Meadowcroft Rockshelter – Located near Avella in Washington County, this is the site of what is believed to be the oldest known evidence of humanity in the Americas. The artifacts date back at least 16,000 years.
Ole Bull State Park – Located in Cross Fork, the land was originally plated in the hopes of creating a Norwegian settlement for the many Norwegians who had come to the area at that time. Unfortunately, that idea only lasted a year, but the park is a beautiful remnant.
The Raven Rock Mountain Complex – Located near Blue Ridge Summit, the complex—which is also known as “Site R”—was designed to serve as a second Pentagon should there be a nuclear attack on the United States. This was during the Cold War