State College Region

Highlights:

Beautiful views and amazing natural features mark State College Region. Although the trail's heart is the most popular Region of MST, if you hike alone you still will probably encounter more bears than people.

A monument (erected 2003) marks MST's 1969 birthplace near Little Flat Fire Tower. Volunteers of Penn State Outing Club, and many others led by MST's Founder, Tom Thwaites, headed out of town up Tussey Mountain to clear trail over the rocky ridgetop as MST grew in both directions through the "Seven Mountains."

The Mid State Trail Association was formed in 1982 to guide the MST's continued growth and secure its future.

MST in this Region passes Rothrock and Bald Eagle State Forests; Penn Roosevelt, Poe Valley, Poe Paddy State Parks; and Alan Seeger and Detweiler Run Natural Areas through Huntingdon, Centre, Mifflin, and Union Counties.

Kevin Busko, State College Regional Manager, can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone: 814-643-4238



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State College Region Updates

  • November 2015
    Mid State Trail - Section 8 Urban Forest Interface
    Partial November Revision 2015 to - MSTA Map 307-310 
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    Section 8 Urban Forest Interface


  • May 2015
    The bridge crossing Cherry Run has recently collapsed. DCNR has signed is as off limits to the public. DCNR and trail crew members will be assessing the bridge to determine wether to proceed with a repair or completely rebuild the bridge. You can find more information about the location in the 12th edition guidebook section 10 at 29.3km northbound.

     
  • April 2015
    2015-04-13 short_mtn_relo 
    "The Mid State Trail has been re-routed at the southern terminus of the State college Region. Previously, the trail northbound from the Lower Trail  parking area followed the paved road out toward US 22 where it climbed an embankment and entered the forest. The new route crosses the paved road at the Lower trail parking area and follows gravel roads Freedom's Way - Brickyard Rd. - Short Mtn. Rd. about 2 km to the point where it junctions with the original route at a switchback turn on Short Mtn. Rd. The new route has been blazed orange and there are temporary notices/maps at either end of the new route. The register has been relocated to a new location along the trail north of Short Mtn. Rd.. Other improvements to this section of the trail include repairs to the sidehill section descending into the glen and removal of the blowdown obstructions just south of Barree"

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  • December 2012
    See Section 8 updates


    Hikers should be aware of timbering operations affecting two sections of the Mid State Trail in the State College Region starting in early 2013. The second area is in Section 8 north of PA 26 (just north of Jo Hays Vista) in the vicinity of the Mid State-Ironstone Trail junction near Beaver Pond. Operations should affect the section of trail from .50km NB to 2.50km NB.There will be a 30m buffer zone with one equipment crossing of the trail at the .75km NB point. Hikers need to exercise caution in these two areas until the logging operations are finished. Please notify the regional manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if any obstructions of the trail occur so we can get out and make repairs promptly.


     
  • December 2012
    See Section 7 updates


    Hikers should be aware of timbering operations affecting two sections of the Mid State Trail in the State College Region starting in early 2013.
    The first area is in Section 7 north of US Rt. 22.The timbering operations will be in the 2.30km NB to 3.00km NB section. There will be a 30m buffer zone with one equipment crossing of the trail at the 2.50km NB point.