THE MID STATE TRAIL

Total Length: 321.2 miles (517.4 km)

Hiking Time: Antrim to Blackwell is 15 miles (1-2 days).  Blackwell to Little Pine State Park is 25 miles (2-3 days).  Antrim to Woolrich is 62 miles (6-8 days). 

Trailhead(s): In our region, the main points are Antrim (Rt 287), Blackwell, Little Pine State Park, Ramsey, and Woolrich. Also Arnot Rd, Hills Creek State Park, and Ives Run State Park.  Southern trailhead is at Black Valley Rd, PA Rt 326 along the MD border.  The Northern trailhead is just north of Cowanesque Lake, Rt 49 along the NY border.  There are numerous places to access the trail and there are lots of forestry roads and state parks that intersect the trail.  Shuttle service available for the Mid State Trail

Camping: Only primitive (tent) camping is allowed on the trail.  Contact Tiadaghton State Forest Office (570)-327-3450 and Tioga State Forest Office (570)-724-2868 for camping info, permits, etc.

Water: Water is available along the trail at stream crossings. All water must be purified in order to be considered safe to drink.

 

The Mid State Trail Guidebook & Map is available for $38.00.  The guidebook is the official guide to the trail, authored by the MST Association.  Pine Creek Outfitters offers detailed color topographic maps of the 62-mile section from Antrim to Woolrich for $4.00.

Known as the “Wildest Trail in Pennsylvania,” the orange blazed Mid State Trail spans from New York to Maryland. This trail is over 300 miles long and cuts right through the middle of Pennsylvania’s most rugged wilderness.   

The Mid State Trail is a good trail for backpackers seeking ultimate wilderness seclusion.  The MST section between Antrim and Woolrich is considered to be some of the most remote and wild.  The excellent new 15-mile section from Antrim to Blackwell is a great overnight backpacking trip with abundant scenery and water sources.  Shuttle services are available ($12/person).  The MST connects to the West Rim Trail in Blackwell, via the Bohen Trail.  The Mid State Trail features different forest types & environments, scenic streams, rock formations, waterfalls, old growth hemlock, and incredible mountaintop vistas.

Keep Close to Nature’s heart . . . And break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean.

- John Muir

The Mid State Trail is over 300 miles long, most people hike the trail in sections.  Antrim to Blackwell is 15 miles, and is the best choice for an all-day hike, or a nice overnight hike.  Blackwell to Little Pine State Park is 25 miles (2-3 days).  Little Pine State Park to Woolrich is 22 miles (2-3 days).   Antrim to Woolrich is 62 miles long (6-8 days).