Stone Valley Recreaction Area

The Stone Valley Recreation Area is located within a 7000 acre experimental forest owned by the Pennsylvania State University. The recreation center itself includes a 72-acre lake, a resident camp facility, a day use recreation site, the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and more than 700 acres of varied eco-systems. Included on this recreation area are over 25 miles of trails suitable for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing.

The Stone Valley Recreation Area is a great place to hike with kids. You'll find a number of easy trails, including the Lake Trail and Homestead Trail. The 9-mile Ironstone Trail, a spur of the Mid State Trail, also passes through the recreation area.

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Myself and a group of avid hikers from work try to get out once a week during spring to do an afterwork hike. On this particular week, we headed over to Stone Valley to do a hike around Lake Perez. It was grey and it looked like it was about to rain as we drove to the trailhead but once we arrived it turned out to be a pleasant day for a hike.


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A very warm February weekend gave us a good excuse to head out into the woods for a hike. This hike on the Sawmill and Rudy Trails is located in the Stone Valley Recreational Area, near Lake Perez. This hike was relatively flat and would be a great hike for kids. Mixed wood forests, open meadows, small streams, and an old foundation were all encountered on this short and pleasant winter hike.


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I finally got a chance to do some snowshoeing this winter hiking season. It seemed like my last repair of my snowshoes was a success as the shoes worked fine for the entire hike. For this adventure I headed out to the Lake Trail in Stone Valley. This trail encircles the now filled Lake Perez. With snow falling from the sky, this was quite an enjoyable outing.


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My intentions were to hike the Lake Trail at the Stone Valley Recreation Area. However, upon my arrival, I soon discovered that Lake Perez had been drained. Where there was once a lake now stood a large meadow. It seems that they were in the process of repairing the dam and that the lake would be empty for a couple years yet. The hike on the Lake Trail lost its appeal since there wasn't a lake to hike around. After a quick glance at one of the maps posted near the trailhead, I decided I would hike the Mountain View Trail instead.


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The Stone Valley Recreation Area is located within a 7000 acre experimental forest owned by the Pennsylvania State University. The recreation center itself includes a 72-acre lake, a resident camp facility, a day use recreation site, the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and more than 700 acres of varied eco-systems. Included on this recreation area are over 25 miles of trails suitable for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing. This hike was on one of the longer trails, the Homestead Trail, and included shorter sections of the Lake Trail, Sawmill Trail, and Ironstone Trail.


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We recently spent a weekend at the Stone Valley Recreation Area. The recreation area is located within a 7000 acre experimental forest owned by the Pennsylvania State University. The recreation center itself includes includes a 72 - acre lake, a resident camp facility, a day use recreation site, the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and more than 700 acres of varied eco-systems. We stayed in a cabin rental for two nights and took advantage of the day use recreation site. This was our third stay at Stone Valley and during this stay we decided to fit a hike into our schedule.