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10 Best Places to Hike in Pennsylvania

Updated: Jan 15


Where to Hike in Pennsylvania, 10 Scenic Trails You Need To Visit

Hiking is a great way to stay in shape and improve your overall health. But with so many good places to go, it can be hard to figure out where and how to go about doing it. We've compiled a list of the ten best places to go hiking in Pennsylvania for you!


Safety First:

Safety always comes first. Several important considerations before heading out on your run: notify someone where you’re going and when to expect you back, pack granola bars and water, and be sure to monitor changing weather conditions.

Run with a friend or a group remember safety first!


1. Lehigh Gorge State Park

With over 70 miles in length, the Lehigh Gorge State Park runs north to south through Luzerne and Carbon counties in eastern Pennsylvania. Starting at the northern end where the Francis E. Walter Dam is located, it follows the Lehigh River to Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park. For more info see here...

2. Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park is 44 miles of trails great for running hiking or just walking. The beauty of Hickory Run State Park consists of various levels of natural areas, perfect for mountain biking. Trails wind through areas rich in historic and scenic interest most notably during the months of June through July when mountain laurels are blooming or October at the height of fall foliage. For more info see here...

3. Ricketts Glen State Park

Head up to this scenic Pennsylvania park, where rolling hills cascade with the trickle of wild, free-flowing waterfalls from rock-strewn clefts in the ancient landscape. Hike Ricketts Glen Falls Trail System and explore the National Natural Landmark -- a place brimming with excitement for nature lovers. See here for more info,,,

4. Marsh Creek Dam Hike

Located in rural North Central Chester County, the park is at 1,784 acres and contains 535 acres of Marsh Creek Lake. The surrounding area offers wonderful fishing, sailing, and opportunities to view migrating waterfowl. For more information..

5. Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail crosses through Pennsylvania about 85 miles north of Philadelphia and travels east before bypassing the Blue Mountains and heading out of Pennsylvania near Delaware Water Gap. It is first recognized as a trail in 1921 and takes its name from the mountain chain that it climbs through. For more info...

6. Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Three Rivers Heritage Trail features the best of Pittsburgh, based on extensive research and reviews. The 33-mile trail goes from Point State Park to the Three Rivers. Along this trail, you will enjoy views of downtown and historical sites. For more info...

7. McConnells Mill State Park

As a National Natural Landmark, the stunning beauty of the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge is available for exploration in McConnells Mill State Park. Visitors can explore 2,546 acres of forestland and take a slow walk down the 900-foot-long suspension footbridge. for more info...

8. Ridley Creek State Park

The Ridley Creek State Park spans 2,606 acres of natural open space. It is only 16 miles from the center city of Philadelphia and is perfect for hiking or biking by the creek. The Ridley Creek State Park hosts a variety of habitats in the central section. For more info...

9. Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park showcases Laurel Highlands scenery. The hiking trails vary from short day hikes to challenging backpacking and vary in length and complexity. For more info..

10. Conestoga Trail

The northern terminus of the Conestoga trail is at the intersection of the Horse-Shoe Trail and US 322, 4 miles west of Brickerville. The trail follows Hammer, Cocalico, Conestoga, and Pequea Creeks to the Susquehanna River. It continues to Lock 12 in York County, connecting with the Mason-Dixon Trail near PA 74. For more Hiking info...

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The advice given on this website does not constitute or replace medical advice.

Please consult with a doctor before starting any exercise or nutrition plan.

Always Remember to Run Safe !

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