Pennsylvania Hiking, Nature February 05, 2022
12 Scenic Trails To Explore In Pennsylvania, One For Each Month Of The Year
Adventure awaits all year long in Pennsylvania! If you love spending time outdoors, you’ll find no better place to live than our beloved state. One of the best ways to see all corners of the state – and run across hidden waterfalls, picturesque footbridges, and other surprises – is to embark on a hike. Fortunately, we have access to thousands of hikes, from easy to difficult, all over the state. Here are 12 scenic hikes in Pennsylvania, one for each month of the year.
1. January – Raymondskill Creek Trail
Raymondskill Falls, Dingman Township, PA 18337, USA
Chasing waterfalls is oh-so-fun. During the wintertime, however, it takes on a magical aura, especially when the waterfall is frozen or blanketed in snow. Raymondskill Creek Trail leads to the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania, Raymondskill Falls, which is 150 feet tall and gorgeous all year round. Make sure you wear sturdy hiking boots and watch where you step. The trail can get slippery, and you'll have to climb some stairs to reach the cascade. Plan your trip along
Raymondskill Creek Trail
2. February – Copper Kettle Trail
Laurel Hill State Park, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Rd, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Follow the one-mile Copper Kettle Trail through Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset this winter. The easy trail is positively bewitching after a snowfall and offers spectacular views of Laurel Hill Lake and snow-capped scenery.
3. March – Chickies Rock Overlook Trail
Chickies Rock Overlook Trail, Chickies Rock Overlook Trl, West Hempfield Township, PA 17512, USA
Our next hike is easy, beautiful, and perfect for the whole family. The trail tallies just a half-mile but leads to jaw-dropping views of the Susquehanna River. Strollers can easily fit along the trail that's also dog-friendly. Just keep an eye on the kiddos when you reach the overlook; there's fencing, but the bars are wide enough for curious little ones to try to squeeze through. This is definitely one trail you want to try in all seasons.
4. April – Blairsville Riverfront Trail
Blairsville Riverfront Trail, Blairsville River Trail, Blairsville, PA 15717, USA
Spring is underway, and that means it's the perfect time for a beautiful hike along the 3.5-mile Blairsville Riverfront Trail. The trail sits along the Conemaugh River in Indiana County and is perfect for hikers, bikers, and those with pups. You might even want to bring a picnic along. Plan your journey along the
Blairsville Riverfront Trail
5. May – Alpine Trail
Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Rd, Lewisberry, PA 17339, USA
Spring's colors have painted the landscape, and Alpine Trail is picture-perfect for enjoying some of that natural beauty. Tucked in Gifford Pinchot State Park, the scenic trail is dotted with wildflowers, including bluebells, and local wildlife.
6. June – Whipple Dam Trail
Whipple Dam State Park, 3746 Laurel Run Rd, Petersburg, PA 16669, USA
You can't go wrong with a summer adventure at Whipple Dam State Park. It offers a sandy beach, a cool lake, and a single hiking trail. Follow the two-mile hiking trail that meanders through the state park and features such scenic beauty as a wooden boardwalk, a gushing dam, and lake views.
Plan your adventure.
7. July – Meadow Run Trail
Ohiopyle State Park, 124 Main St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470, USA
Pennsylvania summers can get downright HOT! When you've got another scorcher to look forward to, head over to Ohiopyle State Park with your swimsuit and towel. The easy three-mile Meadow Run Trail leads to a few beautiful waterfalls
Meadow Run Natural Waterslides. Zipping down the waterslides is a fun, unique way to stay cool all summer long.
8. August – Falls Trail
Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 17814, USA
Let's go to Ricketts Glen State Park for the most epic waterfall trail in the state. Falls Trail is challenging, so be prepared. However, the 7.2-mile trail leads to all 21 of the state park's waterfalls, so you know you're in for a one-of-a-kind adventure. This one is definitely photo-worthy, so don't forget your camera - and make sure you also bring enough water and snacks, and a compass.
9. September – Double Run Nature Trail
Worlds End State Park, 82 Cabin Bridge Rd, Forksville, PA 18616, USA
We're inching up on the start of fall, making it the perfect time to follow Double Run Nature Trail. The 1.2-mile loop trail meanders through Worlds End State Park and features a ton of gorgeous scenery - footbridges, streams, and waterfalls, for example. There are some steep sections along the trail, so be prepared for them.
10. October – Turkey Path Trail
Leonard Harrison State Park Visitor Center or Grand canyon of Pennsylvania, 4797 PA-660, Wellsboro, PA 16901, USA
There's really only one place to go when the fall foliage reaches its peak. The Grand Canyon of PA - officially known as Pine Creek Gorge - boasts unbelievable views all year round, but in the autumn? Magical. Follow the Turkey Path Trail at Leonard Harrison State Park,
if you're up for a challenge. The one-mile trail is difficult and will lead you to the bottom of the canyon. (If you're not up for the strenuous nature of the trail, head to one of the scenic overlooks to drink in the autumn splendor.)
Plan your hike
11. November – Thousand Steps Trail
Thousand Steps - Standing Stone Trail, William Penn Hwy, Mapleton, PA 17052, USA
Part of the larger, award-winning Standing Stone Trail, Thousand Steps Trail features, you guessed it, 1,000 steps that will lead you to the top of Jack's Mountain. The trail
challenging, but the views at the top are worth every breathless moment.
12. December – Forest Cathedral Trail
Cook Forest State Park Office, 100 PA-36, Cooksburg, PA 16217, USA
All of those fairy tale settings in books and movies? Experience them firsthand at Cook Forest through the Forest Cathedral. Several trails of varying lengths run through the Forest Cathedral, an enchanting natural protected area. Clocking in at 1.2 miles, the Longfellow Hiking Trail is one of the forest's most popular hiking trails and boasts one-of-a-kind views.
What are your favorite scenic trails in Pennsylvania? Did any make this list? Let us know in the comments! On the lookout for more fun this year? Here are the 12 best
hidden gems in Pennsylvania – one to explore each month of the year. Address: Raymondskill Falls, Dingman Township, PA 18337, USA Address: Laurel Hill State Park, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Rd, Somerset, PA 15501, USA Address: Chickies Rock Overlook Trail, Chickies Rock Overlook Trl, West Hempfield Township, PA 17512, USA Address: Blairsville Riverfront Trail, Blairsville River Trail, Blairsville, PA 15717, USA Address: Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Rd, Lewisberry, PA 17339, USA Address: Whipple Dam State Park, 3746 Laurel Run Rd, Petersburg, PA 16669, USA Address: Ohiopyle State Park, 124 Main St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470, USA Address: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 17814, USA Address: Worlds End State Park, 82 Cabin Bridge Rd, Forksville, PA 18616, USA Address: Leonard Harrison State Park Visitor Center or Grand canyon of Pennsylvania, 4797 PA-660, Wellsboro, PA 16901, USA Address: Thousand Steps - Standing Stone Trail, William Penn Hwy, Mapleton, PA 17052, USA Address: Cook Forest State Park Office, 100 PA-36, Cooksburg, PA 16217, USA