Stone Valley Recreaction Area

The Stone Valley Recreation Area is located within a 7000 acre experimental forest owned by the Pennsylvania State University. The recreation center itself includes a 72-acre lake, a resident camp facility, a day use recreation site, the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and more than 700 acres of varied eco-systems. Included on this recreation area are over 25 miles of trails suitable for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing.

The Stone Valley Recreation Area is a great place to hike with kids. You'll find a number of easy trails, including the Lake Trail and Homestead Trail. The 9-mile Ironstone Trail, a spur of the Mid State Trail, also passes through the recreation area.

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I finally got a chance to do some snowshoeing this winter hiking season. It seemed like my last repair of my snowshoes was a success as the shoes worked fine for the entire hike. For this adventure I headed out to the Lake Trail in Stone Valley. This trail encircles the now filled Lake Perez. With snow falling from the sky, this was quite an enjoyable outing.


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My intentions were to hike the Lake Trail at the Stone Valley Recreation Area. However, upon my arrival, I soon discovered that Lake Perez had been drained. Where there was once a lake now stood a large meadow. It seems that they were in the process of repairing the dam and that the lake would be empty for a couple years yet. The hike on the Lake Trail lost its appeal since there wasn't a lake to hike around. After a quick glance at one of the maps posted near the trailhead, I decided I would hike the Mountain View Trail instead.


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The Stone Valley Recreation Area is located within a 7000 acre experimental forest owned by the Pennsylvania State University. The recreation center itself includes a 72-acre lake, a resident camp facility, a day use recreation site, the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and more than 700 acres of varied eco-systems. Included on this recreation area are over 25 miles of trails suitable for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing. This hike was on one of the longer trails, the Homestead Trail, and included shorter sections of the Lake Trail, Sawmill Trail, and Ironstone Trail.


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We recently spent a weekend at the Stone Valley Recreation Area. The recreation area is located within a 7000 acre experimental forest owned by the Pennsylvania State University. The recreation center itself includes includes a 72 - acre lake, a resident camp facility, a day use recreation site, the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and more than 700 acres of varied eco-systems. We stayed in a cabin rental for two nights and took advantage of the day use recreation site. This was our third stay at Stone Valley and during this stay we decided to fit a hike into our schedule.