20 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Pennsylvania Should Take

Pennsylvania has some beautiful (and LONG) trails, but when you are looking for a day hike rather than an epic excursion, there are hundreds of short trails that still lead you somewhere amazing!

Not all of us can conquer the Appalachian Trail (2,189 miles), the Allegheny Trail (330 miles), or even the Loyalsock Trail (59 miles)…but it’s time to dust off your hiking boots because we found 20 incredible hikes around the state that almost anyone can do!

All of these hikes are five miles or shorter, but that doesn’t mean they are a walk in the park! Here are 20 of the best hikes in Pennsylvania.

Do you agree that these are some of the best hikes in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments! Looking for more Pennsylvania hikes? Here are the best easy hikes in Pennsylvania to add to your bucket list.

Address: Bushkill Falls, Lehman Township, PA 18324, USA
Address: Forbes State Forest, Cook Township, PA 15677, USA
Address: Cook Forest State Park, Leeper, PA 16233, USA
Address: Cook Forest State Park, Leeper, PA 16233, USA
Address: Delaware Water Gap, PA, USA
Address: Kinzua Bridge State Park, 296 Viaduct Rd, Mt Jewett, PA 16740, USA
Address: Ohiopyle State Park, 124 Main St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470, USA
Address: Colton Point State Park, 927 Colton Rd, Wellsboro, PA 16901, USA
Address: Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16505, USA
Address: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 17814, USA
Address: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 17814, USA
Address: Ringing Rocks County Park, Ringing Rocks Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972, USA
Address: Hickory Run State Park, 3613 PA-534, White Haven, PA 18661, USA
Address: Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania 16669, USA
Address: Forbes State Forest, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Address: World's End State Park Family Campground, Muncy Valley, PA 17758, USA
Address: Linn Run State Park, 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA 15677, USA
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Best Hikes In Pennsylvania

April 07, 2022

What are some of the best hiking trails near me?

No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, you’ll find hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Your best bet for finding “hiking trails near me” is to do what you’re doing right now – visiting Only In Your State! One of the best hiking trails in Pennsylvania is, arguably, Falls Trail, which winds through Ricketts Glen State Park. It’s a challenging one, but the work is well worth the effort. After all, you get beautiful views of 21 waterfalls along the way. The Thousand Steps Trail is also challenging since you’ll have to climb 1,000 steps, but the views at the top? Absolutely worth every second. If you prefer city views, follow the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, which meanders through the city of Pittsburgh.

What are the most scenic hikes in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania’s landscape is simply gorgeous – whether you’re driving along the Turnpike admiring the rolling farmland or you’re exploring the Pocono Mountains. That means there is no shortage of scenic hikes in Pennsylvania. If you’ve never been to Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, you might want to add it to the top of your bucket list. You can view it from Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Point State Park. If you go to Leonard Harrison and are up for a bit of a challenge, follow the Turkey Path Trail. It’s rated between moderate and difficult and it will take you from the top to the bottom of the canyon and back. Along the way, you’ll pass gorgeous waterfalls. If you just want to drink in stunning views of the gorge, follow the Overlook Trail. It’s short, sweet, and leads to a bird’s eye view of Pine Creek Gorge. While the gorge is absolutely gorgeous all year around, you definitely want to make a point to visit when it’s drenched in the colors of fall.

 

Address: Bushkill Falls, Lehman Township, PA 18324, USA
Address: Forbes State Forest, Cook Township, PA 15677, USA
Address: Cook Forest State Park, Leeper, PA 16233, USA
Address: Cook Forest State Park, Leeper, PA 16233, USA
Address: Delaware Water Gap, PA, USA
Address: Kinzua Bridge State Park, 296 Viaduct Rd, Mt Jewett, PA 16740, USA
Address: Ohiopyle State Park, 124 Main St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470, USA
Address: Colton Point State Park, 927 Colton Rd, Wellsboro, PA 16901, USA
Address: Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16505, USA
Address: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 17814, USA
Address: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 17814, USA
Address: Ringing Rocks County Park, Ringing Rocks Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972, USA
Address: Hickory Run State Park, 3613 PA-534, White Haven, PA 18661, USA
Address: Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania 16669, USA
Address: Forbes State Forest, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Address: World's End State Park Family Campground, Muncy Valley, PA 17758, USA
Address: Linn Run State Park, 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA 15677, USA