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Musser Gap

Musser Gap

The Musser Gap Trail is memorable in all four seasons and serves as an important groundwater recharge area, and gateway to Rothrock State Forest recreation.

Musser Gap
Musser Gap

Dates & Times

Sep 10, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Musser Gap, Musser Gap Trail, State College, PA 16801, USA

About the event

Musser Gap - Destination Information

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Centred Outdoors will host a free, guided hike at Musser Gap on September 10th. For self-guided explorations, the trail is open to the public throughout the year. 

The landscape along the Musser Gap Trail is memorable in all four seasons. The 423-acre property was purchased by Clearwater Conservancy and transferred to DCNR Bureau of Forestry in 2007 in order to protect an important groundwater recharge area for the community as well as vital wildlife habitat. The trail is at a steady incline most of the way up with a beautiful bridge crossing a brook about 0.8 miles in. This conservation success created another recreational access point to Rothrock State Forest and outdoor recreational opportunities continue to expand in this area today. 

  • Outing length: 2.92 mi (Ascent: 704 ft.)
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Terrain: Begins with wide gravel trail to wooden bridge, then becomes steep and rocky as you ascend to the Tussey Mountain ridgeline.

What to Expect/How to Prepare: 

See our Tips for a safe and successful outing. We encourage all participants to bring:

  • sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • a full bottle of water, at least 32 oz. per adult
  • bug spray, and/or long pants, sleeves, hats or bug nets for insect and tick protection
  • sun protection such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • a light snack to enjoy during or after your hike

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