Rothrock State Forest

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Rothrock Laurel Run Road

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 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.

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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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