From Penn State University Park Campus
- Take Park Ave. onto the Mt. Nittany expressway (Rt. 322E); Take College Ave. exit; Left onto E. College Ave. (Rt. 26N) 1/2 mile to traffic light (Pike St.); Right onto Pike St. 6/10 mile to Mt Nittany Rd.; Left onto Mt. Nittany Rd. and up hill one mile to Trailhead (see maps).
- Porter Rd. to College Ave.; Left onto E. College Ave. (Rt. 26N) 1/2 mile to Elmwood St. (Lemont sign on right); Right onto Elmwood St. 1/2 mile to traffic light (Pike St.); Left onto Pike St. two blocks to Mt. Nittany Rd.; Right onto Mt. Nittany Rd. and up hill one mile to Trailhead (see trail map).
- For students without a vehicle, the CATA’s M (Nittany Mall) route will take you to Lemont. You will then need to walk approx. .8 miles to the trailhead. Here is a link to a Google map with walking directions from the CATA Lemont PA Pike Street dropoff.
From State College
- South Atherton Street (Business Rt. 322E) to Branch Rd. (traffic light – see Lemont sign); Left onto Branch Rd. two miles to traffic light (Elmwood St.). Continue straight ahead two blocks to Mt. Nittany Rd.; Right onto Mt. Nittany Rd. and up hill one mile to Trailhead (see trail map).
Trail Signs and Maps Help Hikers
MNC has installed a wayfinding system of trail signs at critical intersections and points on the paths. To learn more, click here.
Terrain Model View from Campus
Print Version (open in new window)
Topographical Map of Hiking Trails
Topographical Map Detailed View
Distances between Wayfinder Stations
Elevation / Altitude gains of Hike
Notice: Traveling in the back country can be hazardous. You are responsible for informing yourself about these hazards and taking necessary precautions. Information on this web site may contain errors or omissions. Please use common sense when hiking, and follow all rules & regulations as well as Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the out of doors. The Mount Nittany Conservancy takes NO responsibility for any injuries, accidents, mishaps, etc. that might take place on the grounds of the Conservancy.
Review (HikePA.com): Mt. Nittany is the first hike many people take in Centre County, PA. Its fame comes from the legend of Princess Nittany, and it is a landmark for the Pennsylvania State University, whose mascot, the Nittany Lion, is named for. Hiking Mt. Nittany is easy, compared to most of the other hikes in Centre County. Getting there: Find your way to Lemont, PA, near State College (off of route 26). Once in Lemont, you’ll find your way around easily, since there are only a few streets in this quiet town. Find Mt. Nittany Road off of Pike Street (the main street in Lemont) and take it all the way to the end. You can park there and follow the white blazes.