MST Connecting Trails

What trails connect to Mid State Trail?

(this information can be found on the Mid State Trail website)

  • Great Eastern Trail in GRSF, in Maryland’s Green Ridge State Forest, connects the south end of MST to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park  beside the Potomac River near Paw Paw, WV. The “C&O towpath” connects Cumberland, MD, with Washington, DC, crossing Tuscarora Trail at Hancock, MD and Appalachian Trail opposite Harpers Ferry, WV. The towpath also comprises part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage, connects, in turn, to Pittsburgh. If that isn’t enough the towpath here is also the American Discovery Trail, as far west as a unique privately owned toll bridge at Oldtown, MD.
  • Lower Trail, a rail-trail, (rhymes with “flower”) hosts MST between Williamsburg and US 22 in the valley of the Frankstown Branch Juniata River.
  • Ironstone Loop forms a loop with MST, connecting Stone Valley Recreation Area south of State College. See MST map and guide set.
  • Jackson Trail short-cuts MST atop the rocky Tussey Ridge east of PA 26. A figure-eight circuit is formed by MST, Jackson Trail, and Ironstone Loop. See MST map 307-310 and guide.
  • Greenwood Spur connects MST (south of Bear Meadows, southeast of State College) with Greenwood Furnace State Park, through Alan Seeger Natural Area. See MST map and guide set.
  • Standing Stone Trail on east route of Great Eastern Trail (see below) connects the end of the Greenwood Spur of MST (at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Huntingdon County) to the Tuscarora Trail at Cowans Gap State Park, Fulton County.
  • Reeds Gap Spur connects MST with Reeds Gap State Park, eastern Mifflin County. This area is even remoter than most of the MST country. See MST map and guide set, maps 307-310 and 12th edition guide.
  • Central Mountains Trail, a red blazed “shared-use” path system, meets MST at several points in Bald Eagle and Tiadaghton State Forests. Sometimes the Forestry offices have a map of this route available at the front desk.
  • Pine Creek Trail, a rail-trail, meets MST at Ramsey and Blackwell, and briefly coincides with MST at both locations.
  • Houselander Trail, a part of the former Tiadaghton Trail, meets MST above Ramsey.
  • West Rim Trail connects from Rattlesnake Rocks at the Tioga/Lycoming county line on PA 414 just south of Blackwell, to Bohen Trail (described in the 12th edition map and guide set) to Ansonia, on US 6 west of Wellsboro. Long Branch Trail also connects to West Rim Trail, forming in turn a link to Black Forest Trail. Following the T^2 Trail from BFT leads to Donut Hole Trail (and soon a coincidental connection to Susquehannock Trail) over to PA 120 in Sinnemahoning, Cameron County. A forest path “Old Sinnemahoning Road” leads from near Sinnemahoning to Quehanna Trail leading to Parker Dam State Park on either side of the long loop. Finally, the Garby Trail, leads from Donut Hole Trail, across the West Branch Susquehanna River near Hyner, to a connection with Chuck Keiper Trail. This network includes hundreds of kilometers of footpaths throughout the “PA Wilds.”
  • C. Lynn Keller Hiking Trail connects to MST in State Game Lands No. 37 and at Hammond Lake, Tioga County.
  • MST meets Crystal Hills Trail, a branch of Finger Lakes Trail in Steuben County, NY. At the other end of Steuben County Crystal Hills Trail meets the main Finger Lakes Trail, here part of North Country National Scenic Trail. FLT reaches the Long Path in the Catskill Mountains of southeastern NY, a footpath that connects the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan with Thacher State Park near Albany, intersecting the Appalachian Trail in far southeastern NY. NCT eventually will reach New York’s Adirondack Mountains and end at Crown Point on Lake Champlain, opposite Vermont.
  • Completion of the Tioga Region will finish the last missing link in a regional mountain footpath network from Virginia (and a key link from Florida?!?) to New York State. The spine of this network, including the main stem and Greenwood Spur of Mid State Trail, is now known as Great Eastern TrailClick here for an article from American Hiker magazine (spring 2006) about the GET, including a map of the proposed connecting footpath network.