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Scotia Barrens

The Scotia Barrens, located west of State College, is largely owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and is designated as State Game Lands 176. The Scotia Barrens derives its name from two features in the area. Scotia was a small iron ore mining village created in the early 1880s by Andrew Carnegie. You will find remnants of the iron ore era while hiking in the Scotia Barrens. The barrens is a natural habitat that supports plant species adapted to grown in severe conditions. Scotia Barrens contains large growths of pitch pine and scrub oak. A large variety of birds call this area home and bird watching is a popular activity for those visiting the Scotia Barrens.

Scotia Barrens
There are many trails that criss-cross Scotia Barrens. All of these trails are suitable for hiking, with many used by bikers as well. Some trails are designated for equestrian use. Since these trails reside in the state game lands, fluorescent orange attire is required to be worn from November 15th to December 15th.