Step back in time through the preserved old-growth trees ranging between 150 and 500 years old and see what Pennsylvania was like during pre-colonial times. Visitors will pass through dense pockets of rhododendron while reveling in the majesty of ancient trees. A perfect place to take a break from the rest of the world, serenity can be found among the trees and streams.
Bear Meadows Natural Area
Step into one of only 603 National Natural Landmarks in the country and one of eight designated natural areas in Rothrock State Forest. Here there is a rare type of wetland surrounded by a forest of black spruce, red spruce and balsam fir. Curiously explore the rare plant and animal communities, historical features, and forest characteristics that have earned Bear Meadows its designations from the National Park Service and PA-DCNR, and inspired many writers and adventurers in search of peace and solace.
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Discover the unique features of the marsh and fen ecosystems along the trails at Millbrook Marsh. Enjoy wildlife viewing underwater, in the air, and all around you on land! From skunk cabbage to red-winged blackbirds Millbrook offers opportunites to expereince what nature has to offer.
Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden
Rhoneymeade, the historic homestead of Grange Fair founder, Leonard Rhone hosts a wide variety of plant species and art. Take an invigorating 2-mile hike around the grounds or a shorter, 0.5 mile walking tour of the gardens around the homestead. Visit Rhoneymeade's website for hours prior to visiting.
Spring Creek Canyon
The Spring Creek Canyon is a site or tremendous historic significance to Centre County and hosts a fantastic biodiversity. Site of the main settlement by Philip Benner in the late 1800's, the canyon has a vast history. Ecologically diverse as well, Spring Creek offers ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and an abundance of native plant species. Guests can expect to find everything from trillium to tulip poplars. There are three main access to the trail: Rock Road, State Game lands 333, and Fisherman’s Paradise. All offer unique avenues for exploring the canyon. The guided adventure on May 8 will begin at Fisherman's Paradise.
Little Flat Fire Tower Area
The Little Flat Fire Tower, a memorable landmark along the Mid-State Trail, was constructed in the mid-1900's to help spot wildfires in the state forest. Explore a popular 3.6 mile hiking loop in this area, or park near the tower and explore shorter sections of the Mid-State and Old Laurel Run Trails.
Tom Tudek Memorial Park
This 91-acre area in the midst of State College includes a community garden, dog park, small horse farm, playground and pavilions, 61 acres of passive land, and the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden. You’ll see it all when meandering the park’s 1.3 mile walking and running loop.