The Colyer Lake Trail is a scenic and relatively easy to hike 2.6 mile trail that loops around the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Colyer Lake in Centre County.
How to Find the Colyer Lake Trail
Located 10 miles east of State College, just off of Route 322, there are two trailheads/parking areas for this loop hike.
On the north shore of the lake you’ll find the Lingle Road parking area/boat launch; on the southeastern shore you’ll find the Lake Road parking area/boat launch.
If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.77808, -77.68377 for the Lingle Road lot, use coordinates 40.77247, -77.68094 for the Lake Road lot.
No matter where you park or which direction you hike the loop, it’s a beautiful trail in all seasons.
Exploring the Colyer Lake Loop Trail
The Colyer Lake Loop is relatively flat with some slight undulations, there’s really no “easy route” or “hard route”.
A series of bridges carry you over water crossings, a recent improvement to the trail if you hiked it in the past.
Scenes Along the Colyer Lake Trail
As you’d probably expect with a lake loop trail, there are plenty of excellent views of Colyer Lake along this trail.
There are also some hazards unique to this trail, so be forewarned.
The trail passes below the spillway of the lake.
This is a popular lake for the fishing crowd, so don’t be surprised to see folks wetting a line at just about any point along your route.
There are benches at several points along the trail to relax and take in the scenery.
There are also a few spots where the trail skirts private property – please respect the homeowner’s privacy.
The Colyer Lake Trail is far enough outside State College to enjoy some starry nights, without the light pollution of the “big city”.
Towards the northern end of Colyer Lake you’ll hike amongst some particularly tall pines.
The sheer amount of diverse scenes along this relatively short trail makes it a wonderful beginner’s hike or hike for/with children.
As a fall foliage hike, this is a fantastic trail as well.
And if you enjoy boating, bring along the canoe or kayak (PA Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply).
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