Black Moshannon State Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 517' 158 m
Descent: -518' -158 m
High: 1,957' 596 m
Low: 1,864' 568 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
Popular runs nearby
Jackson Trail - Mid State Trail Loop
6.2 mi 10.0 km • Loop • 802 ft Ascent 244.38 m Ascent
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Bear Meadows/Mid State Trail Loop
7.4 mi 11.8 km • Loop • 847 ft Ascent 258.23 m Ascent
Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge
12.4 mi 20.0 km • Point to Point • 2,924 ft Ascent 891.18 m Ascent
Coopers Gap Loop
4.2 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 406 ft Ascent 123.6 m Ascent
Mid State Trail (MST)
325.1 mi 523.2 km • Point to Point • 45,161 ft Ascent 13765 m Ascent
“A 13-mile loop around Black Moshannon State Park and the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area.”— Kristin McLane
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
From the cabins, hop on the Seneca Trail and follow it until it intersects the Hay Road Trail. Make a left and follow this trail to its terminus at West Side Road. Go right to get on the Bog Trail and follow the boardwalks around to its terminus and the beginning of the Moss-Hanne Trail.
Follow the Moss-Hanne Trail all the way around the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area to where it ends at Beaver Road. Turn left and follow the road a short distance until you can duck back into the woods on the Star Mill Trail on the left. When it forks, stay left again and follow the shoreline back around to Beaver Road. Go left on Beaver Road and follow it to Route 504, where you can again cross the bridge and the street, getting back on the Lake Loop Trail to finish its loop at the Tent Hill Trail junction, and take that trail back to the beginning at the campground.
Flora & Fauna
This is an Important Bird Area, as designated by the National Audubon Society, so birdwatching is plentiful: songbirds, swallows, ducks, geese, herons, loons, swans, woodpeckers, turkeys, grouse, and hawks.
Mammals include chipmunks, squirrels, beavers, deer, black bears, raccoons, porcupines, bobcats, foxes, weasels, and coyotes.
History & Background
Land Manager: PA DCNR - Black Moshannon State Park