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Mount Nittany, State College

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Mount Nittany is the common name for Nittany Mountain, a prominent geographic feature in Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA. The mountain is part of a ridge that separates Nittany Valley from Penns Valley, with the enclosed Sugar Valley between them. On USGS topographic maps, Nittany Mountain is generally shown as the lower ridge line that runs below Big Mountain on the west and Big Kettle Mountain on the east side, coming together to form a single ridge line at the southern terminus. This nomenclature is not always consistently applied to the same geologic formation, and there is a shorter Nittany Mountain ridge shown above the Sugar Valley as well.

Penn State University lies at the foot of Mount Nittany; the athletic teams and the mascot of the school, the Nittany Lion, are named in for the mountain. Mount Nittany Elementary and Mount Nittany Middle School are named for the mountain.
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  • This hike will definitely wind you if you aren't regular hikers of elevation trails. Path is easy, but it is steep. Like a 40 story building using the stairs! Views are beautiful, and in my opinion...  more »
  • I visited State College to attend the University of Arizona v PSU baseball series in May 2019. As a morning activity I drove to Lemont, PA near State College for a mid morning hike. The small...  more »
  • This was an awesome experience for my husband and I to climb. So beautiful.
  • Almost every day of my childhood I woke up to see Nittany/Centre Hall Mountain out my window. It's beautiful in the fall, and hiking it is quite enjoyable. Just make sure to grab a walking stick at the trailhead!

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