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Known by locals as the *AFT*, the Allegheny Front Trail is a 40+ mile long trail circling Black Moshannon State Park near State College.
Entirely singletrack, it's a challenging hike often split into 3 or 4 days, though countless connecting and intersecting trails offer options for shorter day hikes.
The trail includes several stunning views, dark stands of native red spruce and hemlock, plus a stunning selection of summer flowers and fungi.
[PA Hikes](https://pahikes.com/blogs/allegheny-front-trail) even describes it as a "great trail for those new to backpacking," though its scenic mountain streams and unique flora are sure to impress any hiker. Completed in the 1990s as a collaboration between numerous clubs and trail associations, the trail has changed very little since its inception.
Several pristine streams and small brooks host trout, while boardwalks help to traverse some of the lower wetlands.
It's also noted that you will get your feet wet several times along the way, and that mud and standing water is guaranteed year-round. For those planning to hike the entire circuit, water is available along most of the trail, but should be treated or filtered first.
The loop can also be divided into eastern and western sections by utilizing the Shingle Mill Trail near Black Moshannon State Park.
Potable water and restrooms are available near the beach at the park, but not at any of the trailheads. Seen here, the main trailhead for the AFT is off of Rattlesnake Pike (PA-504), just a few minutes east of the beach at Black Moshannon State Park.
Other popular access points include Beaver Road to the south, Black Moshannon Road to the west, and Myers Run Road to the north.
Shirks Road also offers several car camping opportunities plus nearby access to the trail. Sources: https://www.kta-hike.org/allegheny-front https://pahikes.com/blogs/allegheny-front-trail