Hiking the North Country Trail through Pennsylvania is to experience the natural, industrial and cultural past and future of this beautiful and rugged region.
Throughout the state, many sections of the Trail traverse various State Game Lands, demonstrating the state’s hunting heritage and its dedication to preserving natural habitat, as well as the cooperative efforts of people with diverse interests in the outdoors to provide a positive recreational experience for all. A significant amount of trail also traverses gorgeous, rocky, stream-filled state parks like McConnells Mill, Moraine, and Cook Forest, as well as the impressive and remote Allegheny National Forest. There is no shortage of water, hemlocks, geology, and elevation change in Pennsylvania.
Explore the Trail by Region
Northwestern Pennsylvania: Ohio/Pennsylvania state line to the southern boundary of the Allegheny National Forest
Allegheny National Forest: Southern boundary of the Allegheny National Forest to the Pennsylvania/New York state line
Important Notes and Additional Information
Pennsylvania State Parks are free for all to enter but camping and hiking rules and regulations may apply. State Game Lands also have important regulations for trail users, including the prohibition of overnight camping. Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission websites before planning a trip.
Header photo by Randall Roberts