It wouldn't be happy valley without Mount Nittany standing so majestically in the center! The White Trail, one of several that crisscrosses the mountain, leads to the Northwest Overlook.
From this vantage point, at an altitude of 2040 feet, hikers have a stunning view of the valley below and some well-loved State College landmarks, including Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center. Because it stands in the shadow of this great mountain, Mount Nittany Medical Center is part of the vista from its pinnacle.
It is because of the Mount Nittany Conservancy that over 500 acres off route 26 in Lemont are preserved, protected and managed for everyone to enjoy. Keeping fit and healthy in the summer is easier when you do something fun. Hiking takes little investment, and provides a great family activity.
Take your family on an exploratory hike up Mount Nittany and look for some edible delights. Blackberries and black raspberries flourish on the Boalsburg/Penns Valley side. Wintergreen or teaberry, with its small red berries, grows almost everywhere on the mountain! In some damper areas, mushrooms, (not recommended for eating by the novice forager), Indian pipes and red and yellow pinesaps sprout.
Mount Nittany Health and the Mount Nittany Conservancy will be partnering this fall to offer a wellness hike for employees and community members to show honor and appreciation for the mountain and support for the efforts of the conservancy. Stay tuned for more details about the wellness hike in the July and August editions of Life & Health.
To learn how to contribute to the conservancy endowment fund or to learn about ways to volunteer, go to www.mtnittany.org.
Information for this article was taken from the Mount Nittany Conservancy brochure.