Connector trail that provides access to Musser Gap Trail relocating

Date: October 10, 2018

The connector trail that currently provides access to the Musser Gap Trail across Whitehall Road Regional Park and other private lands will soon be relocating. At that time, the current parking area will not be available. 

Over the next few weeks, the portion of connector trail near Whitehall Road will relocate approximately 50 feet to the west to accommodate construction in the area. Another section of the connector trail will be re-routed through the Whitehall Road Regional Park woodlands.  The trail will remain open until the new access road and bike/walking path are complete and open to the public.   

Currently, there is unofficial dirt parking at the north end of this connector trail, just off Whitehall Road.  Parking at this trailhead will not be available once the trail is relocated; however, other parking options are nearby. 

Trail users will have the following parking options: 

1) Park at High Point Park (855 Whitehall Road), use the sidewalk on the north side of the street, and then cross over Whitehall Road to access the trail. Please exercise caution crossing Whitehall Road, as traffic can be heavy at times. 

2) Use the parking lot at the State College Alliance Church (1221 W. Whitehall Rd) and then cross over Whitehall Road to access the trail. The State College Alliance Church has graciously offered its lower parking lot for use for any trail users.  The church staff recommend using the parking lot after 4 pm while still daylight on week days, any time on Saturday, and after 2 pm on Sunday. Church staff respectfully request that the parking lot area that is painted as their outdoor basketball courts not be blocked by trail users.  Please remember that High Point Park is owned by the State College Borough and the park is open from dawn to dusk; please, no overnight parking.  Please exercise caution crossing Whitehall Road, as traffic can be heavy at times. 

3) Use the Musser Gap Trailhead Parking Lot (off Route 45).

As construction continues and trail conditions change, Centre Region Parks and Recreation and Ferguson Township will continue to keep the general public posted. This story will be updated the week of October 15.

Learn more about the Musser Gap Trail