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Prince Gallitzin State Park Trails

Southern Allegheny Region, Pennsylvania

Family-Friendly, Wildlife Viewing

Trail Description
Directions to Trailheads

Location: Patton, PA. Cambria County.

Length/Configuration: 20+ miles. Design your own loop ride using network of roads, multi-use trails and snowmobile trail network.

Terrain/Surface: Varied, from wide natural surface multi-use campground trail to dirt double and singletrack trails in the Killbuck Run Area (northern part of park), which are not very technical but with few downed trees.

Technical Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation Change: 300 ft. with mainly rolling hills.

Trail Use: Hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling

Caution: Multi-use trails. Hunting in season

 

 

 

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Prince Gallitzin State Park Trail Map

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Directions

From US 219: at Carrolltown turn onto SR 4015. At Patton, take PA 36 east to Glendale Lake Road.

From PA 53: turn at either Frugality or Flinton. At Frugality, following State Park Drive/Marina Road will take you into the major day use areas of the park. From Flinton, Beaver Valley Road will also take you into the park and is a more direct route to the campground.

From I-99: Exit 32, follow PA 36 north, turn right at Ashville onto PA 53 north

General Description

The 7,335-acre Prince Gallitzin State Park is a four season outdoor recreation destination located in the scenic Allegheny Plateau Region of Pennsylvania. Activities center on and around the large 1,600-acre Glendale Lake. Prince Gallatzin State Park's network of recreation trails provides a variety of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling options along with the chance to enjoy outstanding lake vistas and the scenic beauty of the Allegheny Wildlands.

The park's diverse habitat provide great opportunities for birdwatching and viewing wildlife. Glendale Lake, with its 26 miles of shoreline, is home to many species of fish, birds and animals. The park fields are ideal butterfly watching spots.

The entire park is family oriented. Children are everywhere and can be seen biking on park roadways and trails. An environmental education specialist offers programs spring through autumn. Summer activities include nature hikes and evening programs that are conducted on a scheduled basis and especially tailored for children.

Other recreational facilities include public boat launching areas, picnic tables, sand beaches, a food concession, modern bathhouses and dressing rooms. A watercraft concession and marina provides marina slips, watercraft rentals, repairs to boats and motors, and the sale of fuel. In the winter, ice fishing and ice boating are popular activities on the lake.

The popular shaded campground is located on a peninsula jutting into the lake and offers a camp store with coin-operated laundry, guarded swimming beach, dock, boat mooring area, boat rental, playgrounds, paved sites, showers, flush toilets and more.

 

Prince Gallitzin State Park Mountain Bike Trails

The trails travel through fields and rolling woodlands, along ridges and around the 26-mile Glendale Lake shoreline. You'll find everything from gravel and paved park roads to winding wooded singletrack trails and kid-friendly designated mountain bike areas. All bicyclists may use park roads open to public travel.

The following trails are multi-use and open for mountain biking.

Campground Trail & Tykes Mountain Bike Area

Campers may cycle the blue-blazed 2.3-mile multi-use trail that follows the Glendale Lake shoreline and runs around the perimeter of the campground. Several benches along the route provide opportunities to rest and enjoy a snack, lake views and watch wildlife. This trail is a popular mountain biking loop.

There is a children's bicycle course at the east end of the campground. The oval dirt trail with mound and dip topography is called "The Humps-n-Bumps". It's an attractive, fun place for kids to hone their bike riding skills while avoiding conflicts with automobiles on the roadways. Helmets are required for all riders. Parental supervision is required for young children.

Killbruck Run Trails

In the northern part of the park, the 20 mile Killbruck Run snowmobile trail system is open for mountain biking and hiking. The Killbuck Run Trails wind through the beautiful Prince Gallatzin State Park. There are several loop ride options of varying lengths and the trails are not technical. A few downed trees make it fun. Riders of all ability levels will enjoy mountain biking these trails.

Suggested Beginner Bike Rides

A variety of easy, beginner level loop rides can be made by combining the Westerick Trail, Reed Trail, Rhody Trail, Gates Trail, Bollinger Trail and the Herman Fields Trail. These can be accessed by heading north on the Westerick Trail from the Pavilion #1 parking lot.

Reed Trail: 0.6 miles
Connects the Westrick Trail to Rhody Trail

Rhody Trail: 1.1 miles
Access from Swartz Road. The trail travels through Dixon Hollow and ends at Wyerough Finger.

Gates Trail: 2.2 miles
Access from Swartz Road or from the Bollinger Trail near McKees Run Boat Launch. The trail loops around the hill above McKees Run.

Herman Fields Trail: 0.7 miles
Trailhead at gate along Beaver Valley Road. Climbs to the Rhody Trail and intersects the Westerick Trail along the way.

Bollinger Trail: 4.1 miles
The longest and one of the most popular multi-use trails in the Prince Gallatzin Trail System. It runs east / west along the northern shore of Glendale Lake from Pickerel Pond to Glendale Dam providing access to Beaverdam Marina, the soccer field at Beaver Valley and several key trails in the Killbruck Run Trail System.

 

Trail Access: follow signs from Carrolltown off Route 219. You'll pass Crooked Run Campground (SR1021) and there will be parking at Pavilion #1 on the right.

 

Baxter Patch Trails Loop

A more remote mountain biking experience through the woods with wildlife and birdwatching sighting opportunities can be found along the eastern side of Glendale Lake's Slate Lick branch using The Old Glendale Road Trail and the Hagaratty Trail. Look for Bald Eagles and Osprey just south of the dam along the stretch where the Old Glendale Trail runs close to the northeast shore of Slate Lick.

Old Glendale Road Trail: 1.9 miles
Crosses Glendale Dam and runs south along the Slate Lick to the Baxter Patch Trailhead. Along the way it connects to the Hagaratty Trail.

Hagaratty Trail: 1.5 miles
Access from the Old Glendale Road Trail near the Glendale Dam. It travels along Snake Ridge before descending to the Bater Patch Trailhead.

 

Baxter Patch Trailhead Access: Access from the Glendale Dam or the Baxter Patch Parking Area located off SR 1023 / Fiske Road. A joint snowmobile and automobile trail leads to the parking area.

 

Nearby Activities

State Game Land 108

Three separate tracts, border Prince Gallatzin State Park and provide additional recreational opportunities.

Railroad Heritage

Known for its railroads, the Allegheny region is home to the Horseshoe Curve Visitor Center, Gallitzin Tunnels Park, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

 

 

More Information

Prince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina Road
Patton, PA 16668-6317

Phone: (814) 674-1000
TTY: 711 (AT&T Relay Services)
Website: Prince Gallitzin State Park (Official State Park Map available online)

 

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