20 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Pennsylvania Should Take

Looking for the best hikes in Pennsylvania? 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 hiking 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 PA.

Do you agree that these are some of the best hikes in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments!

Looking for more of the best day hikes in Pennsylvania? Here are the best easy hikes in Pennsylvania to add to your bucket list.

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Best Hikes In Pennsylvania

April 07, 2022

What are some of the best hiking trails near me?

Check out some of the best hiking trails near me in Pennslyvania. Aside from the awesome 20 hikes we just mentioned above, there are a few more to mention:

Thousand Steps Trail:  This one in Mapleton is a challenge since you’ll have to climb 1,000 steps, but the views at the top? Absolutely worth every second.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail: If you are up for more of a city view, check out this 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:

Pine Creek Gorge: Also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, 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-round, you definitely want to make a point to visit when it’s drenched in the colors of fall.