Hiking Trails

The many enticing hiking trails at Shaver’s Creek wind through the surrounding 7,000 acres of woodlands, hillsides, and marshlands of Penn State’s Stone Valley Experimental Forest, and connect to the beautiful trail system of Rothrock State Forest. Stop in to our visitor center today for a copy of the Shaver’s Creek trail map, or download a copy of the map in PDF format.

When you visit, be sure to make time for the five-minute stroll down our wheelchair- and stroller-friendly path to the boardwalk, that crosses over our namesake creek and provides a view over Lake Perez. It’s also an excellent spot for birding and plant identification, so bring your field guide and binoculars!

The Lake Trail circumnavigates Lake Perez, so if you’re feeling more adventurous, continue past the boardwalk to complete the 2.9 mile loop around the lake, across varying terrain and the dam itself. Penn State’s Stone Valley Recreation Area is also just a short walk from the boardwalk along this trail.

There are a number of surrounding trails of various lengths. Stop in the bookstore for some tips on current happenings in the natural world and ideas for hikes!

Hikers stand on a boardwalk

Distances of nearby trails, in miles:

Trail NameDistance
Lake Trail 2.90 miles
Boardwalk Trail 0.25 miles
Twin Bridges Trail 0.25 miles
Lower Black Walnut Trail 0.50 miles
Upper Black Walnut Loop 0.80 miles
Point Trail 0.35 miles
Potter’s Puddle Trail 0.25 miles
Bluebird Trail 0.65 miles
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