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Nittany Mountain

Nittany Mountain is part of Pennsylvania's geologic ridge-and-valley province of the Appalachian Mountains. To the northwest, it is approximately paralleled by Muncy Mountain (more popularly known as Bald Eagle Ridge), and between the two lies the Nittany Valley. Nittany Mountain rises as high as 2,077 feet above sea level, and towers 800 feet or more over the valley.

The Nittany Valley

Penn State's University Park campus is situated at the approximate midpoint of the Nittany Valley, although popular references sometimes have the campus located in "Happy Valley." (See Penn State Myths.) The Nittany Valley extends about 60 miles, spans four counties, and at some points is more than five miles wide. Farms and small towns characterize much of the valley’s landscape, while the mountains on either side are densely forested.

The Mount Nittany Conservancy

Since 1981, the Mount Nittany Conservancy has been working to protect Mount Nittany from commercial and residential development by acquiring land and preserving areas under the Conservancy's ownership, including nearly 9 miles of volunteer-maintained trails and scenic views. For more information, maps and hikes, visit The Mount Nittany Conservancy.

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