Nittany Mountain Trail

Total Miles


623.72 ft


1.25 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is an out-and-back trail along the ridge of Nittany Mountain. There is one vista near the parking area about 0.5 miles from Running Gap Road. Otherwise, it's mostly a wooded track that's a bit more technical than the majority of what the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources calls "drivable trails." A high-clearance 4x4 vehicle is recommended. Be aware that beyond the mounded earth at the end of the trail, it is private property, and trying to bypass this barrier is trespassing. Also, note that the current sign at the trailhead noting that it's a dead end after 0.4 miles is incorrect.


This trail equates to what would be a green trail at an off-road park. Expect multiple large puddles more than 6 inches deep. Most puddles have a hard bottom, but one is definitely where true 4x4 helps. There are several rutted muddy portions that are not filled with water. The trail is rocky and although airing down isn't required for traction, it will make for a more comfortable ride. A high clearance 4x4 is recommended, as 4x4 will be of use in some of the muddy areas and several rock shelves may challenge something with less than 6 inches of clearance. Any stock 4x4 SUV should be fine. Some of the higher clearance AWD vehicles might be okay if the mud isn't too bad, but also might require recovery with traction boards or a winch.

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Access Description

This trail can only be accessed from Running Gap Road.

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