Hiking the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County

Hiking the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.

The Alan Seeger Trail is a short but beautiful loop hike through the Alan Seeger Natural Area in the Rothrock State Forest.

Passing through tall pines along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County.
Passing through tall pines along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County.

The Alan Seeger Natural Area was named by folklorist and conservationist Colonel Henry Shoemaker in 1921, in honor of American war poet Alan Seeger.

Alan Seeger Natural Area sign in the Rothrock State Forest.
Alan Seeger Natural Area sign in the Rothrock State Forest.

Seeger, a 28 year-old Harvard graduate and uncle of folk singer Pete Seeger, was killed while fighting for the French Foreign Legion against the German army during WWI.

Alan Seeger, American war poet.
Alan Seeger, American war poet.

How to Find the Alan Seeger Trail

The Alan Seeger Trailhead can be found along Alan Seeger Road at GPS coordinates 40.69546, -77.75803, approximately 4 miles north of Greenwood Furnace State Park.

Map to the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County,Pennsylvania.
Map to the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County.

There is a large parking area next to the Old Seeger Picnic Area.

The Old Seeger Picnic Area and parking area near the Alan Seeger Trailhead.
The Old Seeger Picnic Area and parking area near the trailhead.

The Alan Seeger Trail is a 0.8 mile loop hike, with less than 30 feet of elevation change over the course of the trail.

Alan Seeger Loop Trail in the Alan Seeger Natural Area.
Trailhead near the parking area.

Features of the Alan Seeger Trail

The Alan Seeger Natural Area is famous for its old-growth hemlock, white pine, and yellow birch.

Long shadows along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Long shadows cast by tall pines.

Huge colonies of rhododendron inhabit the riparian areas along the banks of Standing Stone Creek, and there are several places along the Alan Seeger Trail where you’ll pass through virtual tunnels of it.

The Alan Seeger Trail on a summer afternoon in Huntingdon County.
Tunnel of rhododendron along the trail.

There are several bridges over Standing Stone Creek along the Alan Seeger Trail.

Bridge over Standing Stone Creek along the Aland Seeger Loop Trail in the Rothrock State Forest.
Bridge over Standing Stone Creek along the trail.

A variety of mushrooms and mosses can be found along the forest floor.

Mushroom along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County PA
Mushroom along the trail.

And don’t forget to look up – the towering canopy above is as impressive as the trail below.

Looking skyward along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Looking skyward along the trail.

The Alan Seeger Trail is a perfect hike for children, beginners, or just about anyone who enjoys spending time in Nature.

A bridge over Standing Stone Creek along the Alan Seeger Loop Trail in Huntingdon County PA
One of several bridges over Standing Stone Creek.

Nearby Attractions

Greenwood Furnace State Park is a 423 acre recreational paradise in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, just a few miles south of the Alan Seeger Trail.

Fishermen on a crisp October morning at Greenwood Furnace State Park.
Greenwood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon County.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is a Penn State owned and operated wildlife center and aviary, located just 12 miles outside of State College in rural Huntingdon County.

A bald eagle at Shaver's Creek in Huntingdon County.
A bald eagle at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Huntingdon County.

Whipple Dam State Park is a 256 acre recreational area in Huntingdon County, 12 miles south of State College.

Kayaking at Whipple Dam State Park in Huntingdon County, PA.
Kayaking at Whipple Dam State Park.

Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest is one of three scenic overlooks within minutes of one another.

Exploring Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest.
The author at Indian Lookout in Huntingdon County.

Indian Wells Overlook is an exceptional scenic vista located right along the Mid State Trail near the Centre-Huntingdon county line.

Rusty Glessner at Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County Pennsylvania
The author at Indian Wells Overlook.

14 Must-See Attractions in Huntingdon County is your guide to even more great things to see and do near the Alan Seeger Trail.

Sunrise at Whipple Dam State Park.
Sunrise at Whipple Dam State Park in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

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