The Rothrock Lizard Map will help you plan all your adventures in and around Rothrock State Forest, located minutes from State College and Penn State.
The Rothrock State Forest was the first Lizard Map (initially published in 1997) and is still one of our most popular and favorite maps! Folks come from all over to bike, hike and explore Rothrock. Just a few hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, New York and Pittsburgh, Rothrock State Forest offers many adventures worth the trip.
These maps are AMAZING! They make trip planning for bikepacking so easy. I am a customer and fan for life - thank you! Brad from PA
A beautifully designed, easy to read topographic map featuring contour lines, elevation data, shaded relief, and all the key details you need to plan your adventures: backroads and trails, trail use designations, road surfaces (paved/gravel/4wd), parking access, campsites, public lands, historic sites and more.
Lizard Maps are durable, waterproof, and give you the big picture – the map opens to 24” x 36” and folds easily to 4” x 8” to fit in your back pocket. The scale is 1:39,450 (1 inch = 0.6 mile). Includes both lat./lon. and UTM coordinate systems.
Public land: 90,000 acres of Rothrock State Forest, part of Bald Eagle State Forest, as well as Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam and Penn Roosevelt State Parks, the Penn State Stone Valley Forest, Mount Nittany Conservancy Trail System and Preserve and parts of State Game Lands 112, 118, 322.
Destinations: Alan Seeger Natural Area which has a stand of old growth hemlock and Bear Meadows Natural Area, which is among the largest freshwater bogs in the northeast.
Roads: all Lizard Maps show which roads are paved, dirt/gravel or 4wd roads as well as which are gated. Perfect for bicyclists, dual sport riders and overlanders looking to put together a remote backcountry route across public lands.
Major hiking trails: the Rothrock SF section of the 323-mile Mid State Trail (MST) shown from the MST Tunnel under Route 322 at Seven Mountains to Water Street, PA. The MST continues on the Purple Lizard Bald Eagle Lizard Map. The 84-mile Standing Stone Trail (SST) is shown from Game Lands 112 to its northern terminus with the Mid State Trail at Detweiler Run. The Mount Nittany Conservancy trails are a local favorite offering outstanding views of the town of State College and surrounding valleys.
Major biking trails: include two nationally recognized IMBA Epic Rides: the 36-mile Rothrock Trail Mix (originally called the R3 Epic) and the 27-mile Coopers Gap IMBA Epic. Both are completely mapped and offer some of the very best technical singletrack riding in the Northeast.
Even more trails: Lizard Maps highlight and designate public trails and paths including hiking, biking and rail trails managed by federal, state and local authorities. Colyer Lake features a 2.5 mile trail around it built for mountain biking and running. Juniata College in Huntingdon has a network of walking paths and hiking trails around an environmental art installation by Maya Lin. In Rothrock, the trails of Musser and Shingletown Gap are local favorites. A network of bicycle paths surround the town of State College and connect to Rothrock State Forest. The northern end of the Lower Rail Trail is shown at Water Street.
Points of interest: campgrounds, picnic areas, climbing areas, reservable car camping sites, scenic overlooks, observation towers and lizard spots.
Natural Areas and special designated areas: include Alan Seeger Natural Area, Bear Meadows Natural Area, Detweiler Run Natural Area, Little Juniata Natural Area, Rocky Ridge Natural Area, Thickhead Wild Area, Colyer Lake, and the Penn State Stone Valley Forest.
Towns: Alexandria, Boalsburg, Huntingdon, Lemont, McAlevy’s Fort, Milroy, Potters Mills, Reedsville, Spruce Creek, State College, and Water Street, PA.
Lizards! The little purple Lizards you’ll find scattered on all Purple Lizard maps were born here in Rothrock! They signify an interesting spot to check out. The Legend says “This Could Mean Anything: cool place, sweet view, local legend."
Closer than you think! Just a few hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, New York and Pittsburgh, Rothrock State Forest offers many adventures worth the trip.
Now in the 7th edition, Rothrock boasts some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the country. Outdoor enthusiasts will find an amazing network of backroads, stunning ridge and valley topography, beautiful State Park lakes and campgrounds for every speed of adventurer. Grab yours and start planning your adventures today.
Want some suggestions for where to visit in Rothrock? Rothrock is one of 7 maps we cover in our Fall Adventure Guide.
Health warning: continued use of Purple Lizard maps may result in an inability to stay indoors and a sudden criticism of traffic. Your skin may become covered with dust and dirt. Mild confusion will make it difficult to relate time and distance, which may alter your definition of weather. There is a potential for all of these side effects to occur simultaneously and without warning. That's why we are warning you now.
All Purple Lizard maps are available flat (rolled up, unfolded) suitable for framing in your living room or just nailing to a cabin wall. The map cost is the same ($15) but shipping varies. E-mail email@example.com for specifics.
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Ten Pennsylvania Lizard Maps: Bald Eagle, Cook Forest-Clear Creek, Loyalsock-Worlds End, Michaux, Moshannon-Quehanna, Ohiopyle-Laurel Highlands, Pine Creek, Raystown Lake, Scotia and the Rothrock Lizard Map.
Two West Virginia Lizard Maps of the Monongahela National Forest: Dolly Sods-Seneca Rocks and Elkins-Otter Creek. The Athens-Zaleski Lizard Map for the best trails in southeast Ohio and our amazing Rincon Lizard Map and Guide to surf breaks and beaches on our favorite Caribbean Island.
Purchased separately this collection is $231.00.
Big Adventures need big maps - and we have a massive amount of Pennsylvania public land covered for you. You will not find a better collection of PA maps for exploration and adventure!
Our collection of 9 Pennsylvania Adventure Series Lizard Maps opens up a massive swath of territory that includes public land across 10 State Forests. From just below the NY border you can explore south to Rothrock State Forest and continue to Michaux State Forest and the Maryland state line. Follow the Mason-Dixon line west to Forbes State Forest on the Ohiopyle-Laurel Highlands Map and then head to northwestern PA and explore Cook and Clear Creek Forests.
"Getting lost and finding your way again is part of the adventure...if you are following a red line on a screen all those opportunities don't exist, they're sort of taken away." Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to travel the world by motorbike.
From North to South: Loyalsock-Worlds End Lizard Map, Pine Creek Lizard Map, Moshannon-Quehanna Lizard Map, Rothrock Lizard Map, Raystown Lizard Map, Bald Eagle Lizard Map, Michaux Lizard Map and the Ohiopyle-Laurel Highlands Lizard Map.
Purchased separately this collection is $153.00
There are thousands of miles of trails and backroads waiting for you, so be sure to request some time off from work; all these maps will make you a bit antsy to get out and explore. The Pennsylvania Adventure Pack also makes a great gift for your fellow adventures, or perhaps as a not-so-subtle hint for your couch potato friends to remind them there is life beyond the remote control.
Looking for ideas to explore our PA maps? Check out the PA Fall Adventure Guide and the other downloadable Lizard Adventure Guides that accompany each map, and be sure to look through the blog archives for our hikes and ride stories.
Health warning: continued use of these maps may result in an inability to stay indoors and a sudden criticism of traffic. Your skin may become covered with dust and dirt. Mild confusion will make it difficult to relate time and distance, which may alter your definition of weather. There is a potential for all of these side effects to occur simultaneously and without warning. That's why we are warning you now.
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North of Interstate 80 is a different place. It's often referred to as the PA Wilds, which we think is a pretty good description. There are less people, less pavement, more dirt roads and more wild places. We call that a fair trade. and it's where we'd rather be most days.
We've made four maps of Pennsylvania State Forests north of 80: Cook Forest-Clear Creek in western PA, Moshannon-Quehanna and Pine Creek in Central PA, and Loyalsock in eastern PA.
Cook Forest-Clear Creek also covers a section of southeastern Allegheny National Forest along the Clarion River. Moshannon-Quehanna includes Moshannon State Forest and the Quehanna Wild Area with sections of Elk State Forest. The Pine Creek Lizard Map covers much of Tioga and Tiadaghton State Forests, and Loyalsock includes all of the Loyalsock State Forest and McIntyre Wild Area.
These four maps represent some of the wildest, most remote places you can find in PA, with just enough civilization and small towns to keep you well supplied and comfortable if you choose to emerge.
Purchased separately, these four maps are $68. The Purple Lizard PA Wilds Pack is $58 and you get one of our sweet Pennsylvania State Forest Boundary Lizard Stickers along with the set.
As our friend Van Wagner tells it:
“North of 80 it ain’t the same.
I don’t know how else to put it to explain.
There’s a different tune in the air.
There’s a northern feel, that makes it real everywhere.”
Van Wagner: Singer, songwriter, teacher.
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