Geologic Formations

We have an unusual geologic history in Pennsylvania, our rocks are upside-down! All of our young rocks make up the valley floors while the older formations are what make up the higher ridges. The same ridges that define our region also helped shape the socio-economic development of our communities. Take some time to explore why rocks rock!

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Geologic Formations

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Create a Sediment Jar

Create a Sediment Jar

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Lower Trail

Lower Trail

Originally a tow path for the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, the trail has been transformed into a community treasure by the dedication of Rails to Trails of Central Pennsylvania Inc.

Lower Trail

128 E 1st St, Williamsburg, PA 16693

Scotia Barrens

Scotia Barrens

Walk through the past as we explore an area rich in history and ecological significance.

Graysdale Park

Port Matilda, PA 16870, USA

Mount Nittany

Mount Nittany

Visit one of Centre County's most famous landmarks to hike along history and see what effort goes into preserving a cultural touchstone.

Mount Nittany Trailhead

500 Mount Nittany Rd, Lemont, PA 16851, USA

Spring Creek Canyon

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.

Spring Creek Canyon Trail

Fisherman's Paradise Entrance
Spring Creek Canyon Trail, Bellefonte, PA 16823

Poe Paddy Tunnel

Poe Paddy Tunnel

Take a scenic walk along the Pennsylvania Mid State Trail and through the Poe Paddy Tunnel at Poe Paddy State Park. The trail is welcoming, with wide, flat, even terrain - making this adventure well-suited for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Tunnel Spur Road

Tunnel Spur Rd., Haines Township, PA