The Quehanna Trail is a long-distance loop trail in Moshannon and Elk State Forests. Blue-blazed connector trails in the western and eastern sections of the main loop allow shorter but still extensive backpacking loops. The outer-loop Quehanna Trail is 74 miles in length. The Quehanna Trail passes through the Quehanna Wild Area, the largest in the state. You'll also have the opportunity to view elk while hiking as a number of them have wandered south from their traditional stomping grounds north of Sinnemahoning Creek.
The outer-loop Quehanna Trail is 74 miles in length. The southern part of the Quehanna Plateau is a mostly oak-laurel ecosystem; the northern part is characterized by northern hardwoods mixed with hemlock and pine. The Quehanna Trail passes through the Quehanna Wild Area, the largest in the state. Elk can be found throughout the Quehanna area, but at such a low density that you are quite lucky if you catch a glimpse of one. A backpacking trip on the Quehanna Trail will give you an opportunity to experience first hand the Pennsylvania Wilds. If hiking the Quehanna Trail during the summer months, be sure to check out the article regarding water sources on the QT.