Rothrock State Forest

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Seasons of Rothrock - Grit Gravel Grinder

Join us on June 1st for the Grit Gravel Grinder! Choose from three exhilarating courses - the GRIT 25-miler, the GRITTIER 49-miler, or the GRITTIEST 65-miler. After the race, don't miss our NEW After Party and Awards Celebration at Boal City Brewing. Enjoy Rothrock Coffee at registration, refuel at support stations, and shop for gear from Seasons of Rothrock. The celebration continues with prizes, food trucks, and live music at the Rothrock GRIT Podium Party. Plus, get FREE 8-week training plans from US Champ Jeremiah Bishop. Race with us and support local cycling and community service organizations. Sign up now for an unforgettable experience!

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Top Spots to Picnic in Nature, in Style and in the Blue & White Spirit

From the French pique-nique, picnic originally referred to a meal in which everyone contributed something, but evolved to mean dining outdoors or al fresco, especially in scenic surroundings. Picnicking options in Happy Valley come with beautiful views and options for extra fun or a little extra pizzazz. Here are our top picnicking picks in Happy Valley:

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Kissing the Sky and Breaking Ground at GRIT Gravel Grinder

At first glance the inaugural Rothrock GRIT Gravel Grinder looked and felt like your typical gravel event. It had all the usual trappings: the giant bright red inflatable start/finish arch; riders whizzing by, buzzing with nervous energy, and strains of hype music floating through the air.


Biking Happy Valley

A guide to roads, paths and trails

Happy Valley is well-positioned to offer bicyclists both recreation and transportation with low-traffic roads and an abundance of public lands that allow riders to get out into nature.

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Take the Scenic Route

Happy Valley is full of breath-taking views, picturesque places and adventures waiting to be discovered. Why not combine them all into one scenic drive? Well that’s just what we did! Pick a nice sunny day or an evening where the sunset is glowing across the horizon and hop in your car, roll down the windows and take a drive through the scenic Raystown Lake Region and Happy Valley.

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GRIT Gravel Grinder brings mixed surface biking to Rothrock State Park in 2021

On the edge of State College, Rothrock State Forest offers over 200,000 acres of forested ridges and rhododendron-lined streams, as well as over a hundred miles of trails. This swath of public land has long been a favorite haunt for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, but in recent years, a new user group has been flocking to the forest to enjoy its 200-plus miles of gravel roads and snowmobile trails.

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Best Places to Picnic

Yes, Happy Valley offers some awesome restaurants with fantastic menus and enjoyable settings. However, the county also offers some equally amazing outdoor settings perfect for a picnic.


The Insider’s Guide to Mountain Biking in Rothrock State Forest

Emblematic of the ruggedly spectacular Ridge and Valley region of the Appalachian Mountains, central Pennsylvania’s 96,250 acre Rothrock State Forest treats adventure lovers to a medley of panoramic ridgelines, rhododendron-sprinkled valleys, spruce-fringed wetlands, and vast swaths of mixed-oak forest.

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