Hike Challenge 9: James Cleveland Memorial Trail

Hello!  We hope this reaches everyone staying healthy and savoring these sunny days!  Please remember that these hikes are geared toward getting families outside to enjoy some fresh air and help Scouts that have hiking requirements for their various badges. This week we are going to try the James Cleveland Memorial Trail located in Bald Eagle State Forest just outside if Pleasant Gap.   James Cleveland was an air mail pilot who crashed his plane on Mount Nittany in 1931.   At the peak of the trail, there is a memorial stone along with plane wreckage.  The trail terrain varies from regular dirt trail to rocky trail to a bridge going over the Little Fishing Creek.  This hike is likely not recommended for little legs (5 and under) but should be a good hike for families otherwise. As of late May, the blaze markings were YELLOW.   You can see additional pictures and read more about the trail at  https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/james-cleveland-trail-pa/.  

Week 9 Hike:  James Cleveland Memorial Trail   https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/james-cleveland-memorial

Distance:  4 miles out and back, 1505 elevation change, *Note that the memorial is roughing halfway through the trail, so you could do a total of 4 miles with roughly 2 to the memorial and then 2 back down to your car or you could do the full 4 miles out and back for a total of 8 miles.

James Cleveland Memorial Trail Map

Directions:  There are a couple different ways to get to this trail.  Head east toward Mt. Nittany Mall and continue on PA route 26N /W College Ave.  Turn right onto PA 144 S/S main St. and go about 2.4 miles, turn left on to Greens Valley Rd., go about 3.6 miles.  The trail will be on your right hand side.  

James Cleveland Memorial Trail Directions

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