THE STANDING STONE TRAIL

The LIDAR-derived hillshade in the above map is very useful for studying terrain and potential trail reroute locations, and is available throughout the state. It is not on by default, but can be turned on by clicking "Show Layers," expanding "Basemaps," and choosing "Hillshade." For context, you can turn on the roads under "Transportation." 

PARKING on the Little Aughwick Creek side of highway 522 is forbidden.
All vehicle parking must be at the designated location south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike overpass

SAFETY Northbound over Little Aughwick Creek:  If heading northbound over Little Aughwick Creek DURING HUNTING SEASON – especially deer hunting season – all hikers must wear safety apparel conforming to the Pennsylvania Game Commission Pennsylvania fluorescent orange requirement charts posted on the PGC website: www.pgc.pa.gov.

SAFETY Southbound beyond Ramsey Path: If heading southbound beyond Ramsey Path DURING HUNTING SEASON – especially deer hunting season – all hikers must wear safety apparel conforming to the Pennsylvania Game Commission Pennsylvania fluorescent orange requirement charts posted on the PGC website: www.pgc.pa.gov

MAPS >>

 

The Standing Stone Trail Club presents these online maps covering the Standing Stone Trail in Pennsylvania.  Due to the master plan for continuous improvement adopted by SSTC, there are a number of relocations scheduled to improve the footpath. Accordingly, maps are not currently published in hard copy form.  For maximum enjoyment, we recommend ink-jet printing on letter size waterproof paper. Two brands are: National Geographic Adventure Paper; and iGage Weatherproof Paper.  These free PDF Reader files are provided to guide you along the SST as we work to improve it into Pennsylvania's premier footpath.   

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Standing Stone Trail Elevation Profiles

SST Map Index

The best place to start and orient yourself, the map index shows the entire length of the Standing Stone Trail, as well as the particular region each map covers.

 

If you have traveled along the SST before, please note that the current maps now start from Cowans State Gap, and travel northward to the terminus junction with the Mid State Trail.

 

Map 1

Map one starts at the southern terminous of the SST, Cowans Gap State Park, and travels north to Fort Littleton.  Along the way, the hiker will pass three vistas, and an area of interest, Vanderbilt's Folly.  

Map 2

Map two continues from LIttle Aughwick Creek to Meadow Gap, passing three vistas, as well as the iconic symbol of the SST, Monument Rock.  Monument rock is a fascinating spire of rock located adjacent to a great vista.  This is a nice area to relax and take a break.

Map 3

Map three spans from Meadow Gap to Hoopers Gap.  This section is undergoing trail relocation projects, and there is a good chance you might get to meet the trail crew working in SGL 99.  Keep an eye open for trail signs and notifications of changes.

 

 

Map 4

This section of the SST showcases some of the most famous views of the trail.  As you continue from Hoopers gap and climb Jacks Mountain, be prepared to take in some stunning panoramas, including "The Throne Room" vista, considered by many to be one of the finest views in the state.  This section also contains the Butler Knob shelter, a great place to set up camp and relax for an evening.

Map 5

Map five highlights one of the most interesting areas of the SST, Jacks Narrows and the Thousand Steps.  This section passes numerous vistas, and takes the hiker up the 1,000 stone steps built by workers of a historic silica mining operation. 

 

This area also makes for a great day hike.  Click the button below for a zoomed in map of Jacks Narrows.

Map 6

Continuing north, Map 6 takes you past the exceptional Mill Creek Quarry vista, past the double power line vista, through SGL 112 and Rothrock State Forest, and terminates at the Double Power Line vista.

 

 

Map 7

Continuing through State Game Lands 112., this section of the trail brings you to Rothrock State Forest, and the fabulous scenery of the Rocky Ridge Natural Area.  The hiker will be treated to numerous views, as well as the fascinating rock formations and ledges of Rocky Ridge.

Map 8

Seven vistas and an excellent ridge walk await the hiker in section eight of the SST.  This section continues through Rothrock State Forest, and leads the hiker to Greenwood Furnace State Park, an excellent park to spend a day hiking, relax, and enjoy a swim.

Map 9: Greenwood Spur

The final section of the SST!  Recent efforts have further developed the northern most section of the SST, typically referred to as the Greenwood Spur.  Beginning at Greenwood Furnance State Park, this section travels northward through Broad Mountain, the Alan Seeger Natural Area, and terminates at the Mid State Trail in the Detweiler Run Natural Area.   For great day hikes through Old Growth Forest and tunnels of rhododendron, be sure to check out connecting trials like John Wert, Detweiler Run on the MST, and sections in Alan Seeger.

Elevation Profiles

This document will provide you with a complete guide for all elevation profiles of the SST!

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