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There are hundreds of possible day hikes in Pennsylvania. Almost
all of the state forest backpacking trails can be converted to day hikes too.
weather is too cold or sloppy for backpacking, we day hike.
I will post several if not all of our favorite day hikes in order of completion, with
1. being the oldest.
I have created a personal water rating system
that I use to rate the water level when we hike or backpack a trail. Water
is obviously an important resource for you and me out on the trail. So I
have created this 5 point scale to rate the water level.
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The GET is considered to be the best day hike in Pennsylvania and I must second that. The hike is absolutely beautiful. This hike offers great vistas with huge views, two amazing runs, a nice change in forest canopy, the "Ravenshorn Vista," and 3 miles north of here you can check out the neat little town of Slate Run.
The GET is located on Rt414 some 3 miles south of Slate Run. From Rt220 take Rt44N (Pine Creek exit) to 414N for 24 miles. The trailhead is on the right, their is a sign there and parking can be found on the left side of the road at Clark Farm Canoe Access Area.
This is a nice day hike on a moderate trail, through the Algerine Wild Area and out to Francis Rd. From the trailhead its an easy hike until you reach Red Run in about 4 miles. Prior to Red Run you will merge with the BFT at m1.60 and reach a pretty vista at m3.00 that looks out over Morris & Slate Run. Also at m3.90 you will reach a second vista looking out over the same area. Descending the hollow to Red Run is challenging, because you will be climbing down a rocky area, but the terrain is pretty. You will exit the Algerine Wild Area at Morris Run Footbridge at m5.60. Continue to follow the trail out to Francis Rd., turn left and walk down to your vehicle parked at Morris Run parking area.
To access the trailhead you must take Rt414, at Cedar Pines (4 miles north of Slate Run & 1 mile south of Cedar Run) turn up Gamble Run Rd. Follow this road for 2.2m. At this point make a left onto a dirt road. The trailhead will be on your left about .1 miles up. Parking is available there. To access the take-out point you must turn at Slate Run (located along Rt414) cross the bridge over Pine Creek. At the stop sign, turn right and follow Slate Run Rd. for 4 miles until you reach Francis Rd. coming in from the right. Turn right onto Francis Rd., follow for 2 miles. At this point, make a hard right, continuing your drive on Francis Rd. for another 1/2 mile to the bridge over Slate Run. Shortly after the bridge there is parking off to the right. This is were you will park. The take-out will be about 50 yards down on your right.
The BWT is an excellent hike, (named after Bob Webber cofounder of the Black Forest Trail) to the Wolf Run Bald Vista. (Mr. Webber is a retired DCNR employee (25+ years) who still to this day volunteers his time with the DCNR by helping maintain over 80 miles of trails. He has been recognized as the Volunteer Conservationalist of the Year and is truly a unique man. Mr. Webber lives with his wife up in the mountains without running water and electricity where they enjoy their simple ways of life.) This vista looks out over the Pine Creek Valley. The "Ravenshorn Vista" located on the GET can also be seen from here, look directly across to the next mountain. The BWT offers two great vistas with a moderate to hard incline. This hike can be made into a loop by heading SE between Pyramid Mt. and the neighboring mountain. In a short walk between the two mountains you will junction with Ross Run and a trail. Follows this run downstream to Rt414 and your vehicle, completing a 3.7 mile round trip.
The BWT is located on Rt414 some 4.5 miles south of Slate Run. From Rt220 take Rt44N (Pine Creek exit) to 414N for 22.5 miles. The trailhead is on the right, their is a sign there and parking can be found on the left side of the road at Ross Run Canoe Access Area.
This is a very nice day hike. There are three possible places to start this hike, Rattlesnake Rock, Blackwell Canoe Access Area or the West Rim Rd. were the West Rim Trail crosses. This trail is actually made up of three different trail systems in Pennsylvania: the Pine Creek Rail Trail, Mid-State Trail & the West Rim Trail. The major highlights of this trail are Jerry Run Falls (25'), Bohen Run Falls (30'), Blackwell Vista, Lloyd Run & Rattlesnake Rock. The worst part about the hike is the Rail Trail walk, because your out in the hot sun and there's not much scenery.
This hike is off Rt414 in or by the town of Blackwell. There are several starting points to this hike. The first is at the Blackwell Canoe Access Area. From here, cross over the bridge and follow the orange MST markers up the west rim of the Pine Creek. The second access area is Rattlesnake Rock. This area is located south of Blackwell less than a mile down Rt414. Head up the tracks, cross Blackwell and up the canyon. The third and last access area is off the West Rim Rd. where the WRT crosses the road. From here head SW down toward Lloyd Run on the orange-blazed WRT.
Ricketts Glen State Park has the most beautiful waterfalls (23+) I have ever seen. It is hard to believe this place has so many waterfalls in such a short distance. At the time of our visit we had some hard rains a few days prior and the falls were absolutely beautiful. This is a must see park and don't forget the camera! This hike is considered difficult & dangerous and can be slippery, but it's not that bad. The trails waterfalls range from 5' to 94' in height, with many cascading falls, both small and large in-between. The entire hike is 7.2 miles, but if you only want to see the falls, the hike can be shortened to 4.1 miles.
From the parking area, head in a clockwise direction around the trail and back to your car. You will not reach the main falls unit mile 1.20, but you will reach a neat rock area known as, Midway Crevasse at m.50. Head downstream on Kitchen Creek for two miles, backtrack a short distance and hang a left to continue the upstream hike on Ganoga Glen to see the rest of the falls. There are trail signs and maps.
Also, don't forget about two other falls way down Kitchen Creek. It's best to access these falls from the road off Rt118. There is a parking area there. The two falls are Kitchen Creek & Adams Falls (36'). I have not seen these falls yet, but I plan on it.
Ricketts Glen is located off Rt118, between Williamsport, PA & Wilkes-Barre, PA. Take Rt487N at Red Rock. The entrance to Ricketts Glen is on the right about 3.7 miles up Rt487.
This is a relatively easy drive and hike to both destinations. Chimney Hollow Run Falls is very pretty with high water. It is a nice .25m walk up Chimney Hollow Run to the falls. The Owassee Rapids view is much easier to access than CHRF. Both are accessible via the Owassee Rd. located off Forest Rd. by Colton Point State Park.
From the parking area at the small wooden bridge over Chimney Hollow Run cross the road and travel up Chimney Hollow Run until you reach the waterfalls in a short .25m hike. Be careful traversing the run. The rocks will test your ankle strength. This run is a very pretty run with cool scenery.
From the parking area at the end of the Owassee Rd. walk a short 100 yds.. over the road and through the woods towards the bend in Pine Creek. Below and on the right branch is the Owassee Rapids. On a V point scale with five being the most difficult, this rapids rates a II. It is a nice float via a canoe or kayak from Ansonia to Tiadaghton or Blackwell, PA.
From Ansonia, continue west on Rt.6 for .3 miles. Make a left onto Forest Rd. (the road is by a bar). Pass the West Rim Trail northern terminus parking and rest area. Continue on Forest Rd. for 1.1 miles. Turn left and follow this road until you reach a small wooden bridge (1.3 miles) . This is Chimney Hollow Run, park and start your hike to the falls. When you are finished here continue on Owassee Rd. until you reach the end (1.1 miles). There will be a parking area to your left. Park here and walk diagonally towards Pine Creek. Please stay off and respect the private property beyond the parking area. In extremely high water the Owassee Rd. may not be passable due to flooding. You can also access this road by follow the West Rim Rd. to Forest Rd. and making a right onto Owassee Rd.
This bushwhacking run hike starts at a road bridge about 5 miles upstream from the mouth. We have only hiked the first 1.2 m of the run, but it has been a fun and interesting hike. There are several 7-8 notable drops from the start to the Manor Fork junction. There is a campsite at m0.64 & m0.73. The highlight of this trip is the Manor Falls, located 1 mile down from the bridge. This is a nice 7 foot drop into a pool. This is a swimming hot spot for the locals. As I continue to hike this run, I will post additional tracks & waypoints. According to Keystone Canoeing, this is a kayakable run at 3+ feet, but is a technical stream with possible strainers and obstacles in the way.
Located in the small town of Slate Run. Hence, the name Slate Run. From Rt414, turn into Slate Run and cross the bridge over Pine Creek. At the stop sign, turn right and follow Slate Run Rd. for 4 miles until you reach Francis Rd. coming in from the right. Turn right onto Francis Rd., follow for 2 miles. At this point, make a hard right, continuing your drive on Francis Rd. for another 1/2 mile to the bridge over Slate Run. Shortly after the bridge there is parking off to the right.
This hike is absolutely awesome. It reminded me of an uncommercialized Ricketts Glen Hike. There are 27 waterfalls ranging from 8 - 50+ feet! This hike is very strenuous and dangerous. The rocks, the land and the steep narrow banks by Sullivan, Ore & Pigeon Run are very slippery. There are loose rocks with holes covered by fallen debris and leaves. Hiking boots (and poles) are a must! I did not and will not post my track points for safety reasons. It took my fiancée and I seven hours to travel the runs observing the falls from the top and bottom. Wow! it was an awesome hike, but very rugged. We found this hike in my Pennsylvania Waterfalls Book.
The trailhead is located at the parking area of State Game Lands #13. From here travel up the run to Ore Run and back, or travel up the old log trail that runs along the east side of the run about 25-50 yds.. away from the run. Once you reach Ore Run travel it downstream to Sullivan Run. Once you reach Sullivan Run follow it run downstream to Sullivan Run Falls and then take the trail out to your vehicle.
From the trailhead, the first run you merge with to your right is Pigeon Run. Pigeon Run has 7 waterfalls from the Sullivan Run merge point all the way up to posted property roughly .25m upstream. Continuing up Sullivan Run, the next run upstream is on the left, this is Hunts Run, this one has 2 waterfalls upstream. The third run upstream is Ore Run. Ore Run merges with Sullivan Run to your right. This run has 4 waterfalls on it. Pigeon Run and Ore Run can be easily accessed (crossed) on the old log path that travels to the right of Sullivan Run.
Don't be discouraged if you have little ones or don't feel like bushwhacking for 7 hours. There are two nice-sized waterfalls that are quite easy to get to. The first is right off the road to the right, this is Bear Run Falls (14'). The second is at the State Game Lands #13 parking area (trailhead). Take the trail toward the run and you will reach the falls in a short 200 foot walk. This particular waterfalls, stands 34' and is known as Sullivan Run Falls. The Sullivan Run Falls is definitely one of the highlights of the hike.
Sullivan Run's State Game Lands #13 parking area is located off Rt118, between Williamsport, PA & Wilkes-Barre, PA. Take Rt.487N at Red Rock for 3.8 miles. Make a sharp left hand turn on a turn road. This road will descend towards Sullivan Run next to Bear Run (right). The parking area is 2.1 miles down this gravel road.
If you care to see one of the few Virgin Hemlocks from back in the early 20th Century still standing today than this is a nice hike to take. With some slight grassy road walking, bushwhacking and some switchbacks this is a challenging, but short hike to an unbelievable 43" Virgin Hemlock Tree. You are also rewarded with 2 vistas with small views to look at.
From the parking area, walk around the yellow gate to start the hike. From the gate there will be a .35m hike to a DCNR cabin. From here the Little Slate Run trail slowly dissipates into the hollow. Don't worry it is only a .2m hike until you merge with the Black Forest Trail (marked by orange circles). Turn right at the BFT merge point and descend to Little Slate Run. The trail parallels the run slowly getting closer to it. At m1.02, pass a good campsite or lunch spot and at m1.24 pass an even better camping spot. Prepare to climb! The next .75 miles is a rough climb to the top of the mountain. Prepare to encounter switchbacks with loose rocks and soil. But soon you will be rewarded with two vistas (not very good ones) and at the sign, turn right. Pay close attention so that you do not miss the sign. Walk back the Bicentennial Trail for .2 miles until you reach the enormous Hemlock Tree. Sit back relax and enjoy one of the few that still remain. Look down and to your right to see another fairly large hemlock. When you are finished, turn around and head back the way you came.
We decided to make the this hike challenging by bushwhacking .5 miles to our vehicle from the hemlock tree. I recommend you not attempt this! We encounter Mountain Laurel from hell. After we were finished our shins were so beat up it looked as if someone repeatedly hit us over the shins with a stick, but the GPS got us right to the car without a problem.
From Rt44, travel the Manor Fork Rd. for a mile. At a tall grassy road, turn right. Follow this road back to a DCNR gate. Park off to the right and begin your hike by heading down the gated road. The turn-off for Manor Fork Rd. is 3.5 miles south of the Black Forest Inn, or roughly 31 miles from the Pine Creek exit off Rt220.
This is another pretty area of Pennsylvania worth seeing. Bushkill Falls is a commercialized park that tends to get crowded and there is a $10.00 fee to hike the trail. Despite the people and the money, it is a very pretty hike (thanks to the falls) with lots of history. The Peters Family (original/current owners) have several reference buildings near the parking area to enlighten you about the history in the area.
From the wildlife museum (trailhead entrance) you can pretty much travel whichever direction you want, left, straight or right by following the markers on the trees. There are four trails, the red, blue, green or yellow trail. Each trail varies in length and visits different parts of the Bushkill Falls. In order to see all of the falls, I suggest you travel the Bridal Veil Falls Trail. At the more dangerous areas they have constructed walkways traversing along side of the gorge and the run so that you may get a closer look at the falls and the awesome nature of this area. To add excite to the hike you can purchase a map with a travel game inside. The game is an interactive treasure hunt. The objective is to find the red square poles marked by a letters on the trails somewhere throughout the hike. (This game ensures that you have visited every part of the park).
Easily accessible from I-81, I-80, I-476 & I-84. From I-80, take exit 309 and head north on Rt209. Take Rt209N for about 11 miles. Turn left at the blinking light in Bushkill, PA onto Bushkill Falls Road. The entrance to the park is about a mile or so up on your left. There are signs for Bushkill Falls around the area, you can't miss them. From I-84, take Rt209S to Bushkill, turn right at the blinking light and right into Bushkill Falls.
This is a very enjoyable hike using the Seimons Trail, the West Rim Trail and Burdic Run. But I must warn you that the .1 mile decent to the 75' Burdic Run waterfall is steep! It is 1.1 mile hike to the falls from the West Rim Rd. to the top of the falls. The last .1 miles is steep and you must bushwhack downhill to reach the falls. It is best to start your decent to the falls off the West Rim Trail at the Hemlocks where the forest becomes less dense. You will recognize the area when you reach it.
On this adventure my fiancé and I descended to the bottom of the falls using the ladder and ropes that I brought. It is very steep and were extra careful with our steps. At the bottom of the falls the pictures were great, but the forest was too dense to move downstream for a more picturesque moment.
The Seimons Trail can be reached by following Rt414N towards Blackwell. 1 mile before Blackwell, there is a dirt road off to your left. This is the West Rim Rd. Follow this road, continue to make right-hand turns. You will travel this road for some time, but I promise the trail is on this road on your left-hand side, prior to a sharp left-hand turn.
Another way to access this trail is to come in from Ansonia off Rt. 6 The road is right by a bar/diner. Turn down this road, off to your left you will see a parking area with restrooms. This is the northern terminus to the West Rim Trail, just an FYI you. Continue to follow Colton Rd. for 10.5 miles making left-hand turns following the main road until you reach the parking area and the trailhead on your left. If you decide to hike this trail you may want to check out CPSP & the Barbour Rock Trail.
This is an easy hike accessible right off Colton Road. The parking area is located on the opposite side of the road. This is a 1 mile loop hike or a 2.4 mile extended hike that would include all of the Barbour Rock Vistas located off the West Rim Trail. The Barbour Rock Trail is blazed blue and the West Rim Trail is blazed orange.
After you read the story about the trail, follow the path east towards the ridge. At m.25 you will reach the merge point of the loop, continue straight. Follow the trail until you reach the ridge, this is the point at which you can continue the 1 mile loop or extend your adventure to a 2.4 mile loop with some backtracking of course.
If you take the shorter hike continue in a clockwise direction following the blue blazes. You will pass two vistas along the way before you head west back into the woods. Once you reach the merge point, hang a left and follow it back out to you car. If you choose the 2.4 mile hike, instead of turning right at the ridge, make a left, up ahead in .1m you will reach the first of ten vistas! Continue down the orange-blazed WRT until you reach two more vistas in .3m. After the third vista, turn around and head south along the WRT passing the first two vista, the way you came in and at m.65 you will reach the fourth vista. The sixth vista is the best of them all. At this spot you can walk out on a rock ledge by a tree and see a spectacular view of the Gorge! Continue you adventure down the WRT for another .65 miles passing four more vistas and a campsite. When you reach the tenth vista at mile 1.35 turn around and head back home. When you reach the unexplored second half of the Barbour Rock loop turn left and follow it out for a fourth of a mile to the merge point. Hang a left and follow the already traveled trail out to your vehicle. This is a very easy hike with less than a 150 foot elevation change. Great hike for the family, but be careful around the lookouts, because it is a long way down the Pine Creek!
The Barbour Rock Trail can be reached by following Rt414N towards Blackwell. 1 mile before Blackwell, there is a dirt road off to your left. This is the West Rim Rd. Follow this road all the way to Ansonia. During your adventure on this dirt road you will come across other roads. If you continue to make right-hand turns you will pass Colton Point State Park on your right and in 1.4 miles you will reach the Barbour Rock Trail.
The easiest way to reach Barbour Rock Trail is to take Rt6. Turn south onto Colton Rd., this road is .3 miles west of Ansonia. The road is right by a bar/diner. Turn down this road, off to your left you will see a parking area with restrooms. This is the northern terminus to the West Rim Trail, just an FYI you. Continue to follow Colton Rd. for 3 miles until you reach the parking area and the trailhead. If you decide to hike this trail you may want to check out CPSP too.
Hickory Run State Park (No Map)
This was a family camping trip so we did not get a chance to do much hiking, geocaching or exploring, because we were too busy grilling food, talking and spending some good family time around the campfire. But we did manage to see the Boulder Field, complete three geocaches and partially hike the "Shades of Death Trail." I highly recommend visiting the boulder field and hiking the Shades of Death Trail. The run along the trail is awesome and the trail itself is challenging and adventurous with lots to see.
Despite the millions of mosquitos, numerous campers, and my misfortune contracting Lyme Disease while I was there, it was a great weekend with lots to see at Hickory Run State Park. This state park has lake that us usable for swimming and fishing, camping for both the RV's and primitive campers, has 23 trails stretching 43 miles, a Natural National Boulder Field and the Lehigh River is a hop-skip-&-a-jump away.
This State Park is easily accessible by using any of the Interstates in PA and connecting to I-80 and exiting at exit 274. From the exit follow the signs to Hickory Run State Park, which is 6 miles east on PA 534. Be careful this is a windy road with some travelers on foot by and around the park.
Colton Point State
Park - Turkey Path
Colton Point State Park is a remote state park located on the west rim of the PA Grand Canyon. It offers camping, hiking and sight-seeing almost year-round. Not many people know about this park, but it is a very pretty park and offers more solitude than Leonard Harrison State Park (located on the East Rim of the PA Grand Canyon).
The Turkey Path is a nice 1 mile hike to the Pine Creek. pack a lunch and eat a the campsite along the water. About .4 miles from the start you will meet up with a 70 ft. cascading waterfall located along the trail. It is an absolutely beautiful waterfall and I recommend you hike the trail during high waters. As you approach the falls, watch your step, because the trail can be slippery. Take note of the neat rock ledges above you as you descend towards Pine Creek and Four-Mile Run located on your right. I've heard rumors that Four-Mile Run has some amazing waterfalls on it, but it requires some serious bushwhacking. I do plan on hiking, logging & posting this run's reviews at some point in the near future.
Colton Point State Park can be reached by following Rt414N towards Blackwell. 1 mile before Blackwell, there is a dirt road off to your left. This is the West Rim Rd. Follow this road all the way to Ansonia. During your adventure on this dirt road you will come across other roads. If you continue to make right-hand turns you will reach Colton Point State Park. Also the road turns into Forest Rd. up north.
The easiest way to reach CPSP is to take Rt6. Turn south onto Forest Rd., this road is .3 miles west of Ansonia. The road is right by a bar/diner. Turn down this road, off to your left you will see a parking area with restrooms. This is the northern terminus to the West Rim Trail, just an FYI you. Continue to follow the Forest Rd. for 4.5 miles until you reach Colton Point.
The Elk Trail is a fairly new backpacking/hiking trip in PA. It is made up of old logging roads, skid trails, forest trails and dirt roads. This trail is fairly easy to hike with only one or two spots where you must prepare for a good ascent. Camping is not as plentiful as one would like. But that is not important, because this trail can easily be completed in one day by an experienced hiker or two days if you decide to backpack.
The main attraction of this area is not the trail, but the Elk that roam freely around these mountains and the surrounding counties. They are a magnificent animal to see in the wild, nothing compared to a deer, especially when you see two bulls challenging each other during the rut. On our trip we saw herds of elk consisting of cows, bulls, calfs and even some young spikies. We were so close to the elk that you could easily see every intricate detail of this mammal. TIme for a trip review.
We were short on time so we only hiked half of this trail (Dent's Run Rd. to the western trailhead at Benezette.) There is limited parking along Dent's Run Rd. so do your best. From here prepare for your ascent up the worst part of the trail, but you must cross Dent's Run first (possible camping here, but no fire ring set up.) Not a whole lot to see until mike 1.8-2.03 where you will pass a possible campsite (PCS), a run, a few hunting cabins and some logging roads. This trail is loaded with trail intersections for horses so watch the orange blazes carefully. You will pass a PCS at mile 6.42, again no fire ring right at the right hand turn off the logging road. From here the trail traverses a small run on your right until you reach a well defined road with camps across the other side of Trout Run (m7.33). Shortly past this point is a neat cable foot bridge and shortly past that is the take out point.
Benezette is located on Rt.555 and 8 miles east of Benezette is Dent's Run (the other trailhead location). From I-80 eastbound, take Exit 101 (rt.255) Head north for about 18 miles. Then junction with Rt.555N and travel this road for about 10 miles. Benezette will be on your left. It should take roughly 45 minutes from I-80.
I-80 westbound, take the Snow Shoe exit 147. From here, travel Rt144N for about 5 miles before heading north on Rt879. From Rt879N, travel northwest for 9.5 miles past Karthaus before hitting up the Quehanna Highway. Next, travel the Quehanna Highway for 23.5 miles until your junction with Rt555. Lastly, turn right on Rt55N at the Elk Country Store (nice place) and travel this road for about 3 miles, Benezette will be on your right. Driving time from Snow Show should be about an hour. There are several Elk Viewing Platforms and Blinds along the way, I would recommend you take some time to see some of them.
Excellent Day hike that utilizes parts of the MST to an outstanding panoramic vista. This vista reachable in .94 miles rates up there with my top 5 favorite vistas of all-time. Prior to this vista you will pass a campsite and another at the vista. Both have no water sources. Prior to reaching Big Run Road where you can take an alternate more exciting route you will cross over 3 tributaries or smaller runs all of which were flowing very well at the time of our visit. At m2.11 you can take a right and follow Big Run Road to your car for about 1.6 miles or take the alt. route.
Alternate Route (much prettier and only .1m longer if you can find the right skid trail, travel at your own risk). From Big Run Road take a left and then a right in less then 100yds. following the orange MST blazes. Cross Brill Hollow Run 2x, then cross Big Run. From here you will travel the north side of Big Run on the MST. At m2.88 you will leave the MST turning right on an old skid trail that was very hard to see in the fall. In fact, we hiked an additional half mile trying to locate the skid trail. Also crossing Big Run at this water level was not easy, but it was exciting. We finally met up with the old trail at m3.00, from here we followed the trail to Big Run Road about .2 miles away. Hang a left on the road and follow it .6 miles to your vehicle.
This hike is off Rt414 by the town of Blackwell. There are two starting points for this hike. One is at the Blackwell Canoe Access Area. From here, turn right onto Rt414, pass the Blackwell Hotel and turn right onto Big Run Road. Travel up Big Run Road for a short distance and follow the orange blazes up the side of the mountain. The second access area and the one we did is actually on Big Run Road. Travel up Big Run Road and park off to the right side right at the point where the trail leaves the road and heads up the mountain. This second starting point cuts off about .3 miles.
This is an excellent easy day hike that can be completed in an afternoon with ease. This is a great hike that will take you to an awesome rock formation on the Loyalsock Creek. The first half mile you will travel a footpath before merging with and traveling on the Haystacks Road (turn left) At mile m1.38 you will leave the road and travel another old dirt road to the Haystacks located at mile 2.01.. After you've had your fill of fun at the Haystacks swimming and jumping from rock to rock begin your adventure back to your vehicle, but don't forget to stop off at Dutchman's Falls along RX-8 and take some pictures of this cool waterfall that dumps into the Loyalsock Creek. At mile 3.58 you will merge with RX-7 from the right, you want to turn left and continue on the LT. At mile 3.83 turn left off the old road and travel the RX-8 trail for .1 miles to the Dutchman's Falls. Enjoy them and then head back up the mountain. At the point where the road and the run cross, look to your right you should see a sign that says LT Parking. Take that trail back to your vehicle.
If you prefer to travel the alternative route, this will make your adventure a little better with more to see, such as a possible waterfall at the point where the LT & RX-7 splits right down the mountainside. When you reach the creek on this adventure you will emerge at the Haystacks. From here you will travel on the Loyalsock Trail along the Loyalsock Creek. Then take the RX-8 trail back down the mountainside to the Dutchman's Falls. This hike is the same distance as the regular Haystacks Trail, just without backtracking.
There are tons of campsites along this trail, but you are not permitted to create a firering or have a campfire in this area. i guess there was too much carelessness from others.
Leonard Harrison State Park -
I have hiked this trail several times, but at that time I did not own a GPS. I will hike the trail again and post the information. The Leonard Harrison Turkey Path is a 1 mile difficult trail that traverses along Little Four-Mile Run to the Pine Creek. Along the way you will pass 2 very pretty and very large waterfalls before reaching the Pine Creek Rail Trail. This is an excellent hike and a must if you are visiting the park.
Also, at the last lookout platform there is a trail off to the left called the Overlook Trail. This is a short .6 mile loop trail that takes to you the Beaver View, a vista looking south. Also take note to the Turkey Vultures flying around both Colton Point & Leonard Harrison Lookout Points. If you are lucky you may spot a Bald Eagle or a boater on the Pine Creek.
Prior to Leonard Harrison State Park is a small store. At this store you can reach a lookout tower by follow the dirt road to the left of the store past the camping area and mini golf course. Follow the signs to the tower. you will make a left onto a farmer's property. Follow this dirt road back through the woods to the tower.
From Rt287, take Rt660 west from Wellsboro towards Ansonia. In about 10 miles you will reach Leonard Harrison State Park. From Rt6 west of Ansonia, take Rt362 east towards Wellsboro. Turn left in 5.3 miles onto Rt660 west. Continue on Rt660 west for 7.5 miles.
We have not biked the entire Pine Creek Rail Trail, but we have biked different sections of it. We have also hiked several areas that are very close to the rail trail system. I must say that the Pine Creek Gorge/Valley is very pretty and there is lots to see on and off the trail. Some highlights of the ride are: Colton Point & Leonard Harrison State Parks, Owassee Rapids (Class II rapid), Tiadaghton, Blackwell, Rattlesnake Rock, Cedar Run, Slate Run, Golden Eagle Trail, Bob Webber Trail, Waterville & Ramsey. As we continue to bike different sections of this trail, I will GPS it and post the log. If you would like to read more about the history of this trail click here.
There are several access areas all along this trail which parallels the Pine Creek & most off Rt414 and some of Rt362. The northern terminus is located in Ansonia, at the Ansonia Canoe Access Area at the junctions of Rt6 & Rt362. The southern terminus is located currently in Jersey Shore off Railroad St. A new parking area and access point is currently under construction on Railroad St. by Weis Markets.
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New York – Ithaca Region
Buttermilk State Park “Gorge Trail”
This is a short but well worth it hike up the Gorge Trail to the Rim Trail around Buttermilk State Park. You will see waterfalls, cool rock formations, great picnic areas a swimming spot at the mouth of Buttermilk Falls which stands XXX’!
Taughannock Gorge Trail
There is a nice parking area right off Rt.89 near the State Park Office. The hike starts off looking at the lower Taughannock Falls. The first ¼ of the way you can travel along and on the creek bed, until you have no other choice but to travel the trail. The trail traverses up the left side of the gorge looking at an awesome gorge with crazy rock carvings. Informational signs are along the trail for you to read. In a short ¾ mile hike to will reach your destination of the massively tall Taughannock Falls reaching a height of 215’! It is the largest waterfall in Northeastern United States (3 stories taller than Niagara Falls!). After you snap a few pictures, return the way you came.
Be sure to hike the South Rim Gorge Trail. There are additional views of the waterfall from the top, very cool to see. There are also geocaches nearby.
Taughannock State Park is located about 7 mile north of Ithaca along Rt.89, which follows the west banks of the Cayuga Lake. Look for the park (same side as the lake) and the trail parking area on the opposite side of the lake right near the Taughannock Creek.
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
A popular route among the locals and college students is the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. This trail travels along the Cascadilla Creek which runs through a small gorge in the eastern parts of town by Cornell University. It is an easy hike with views of several waterfalls along the way. Take note to the big college homes along the way built right on the face of the cliffs!
Ithaca Falls Trail
A very short trail along the creek to a waterfall that is as wide as it is tall! It is very pretty and there is a geocache there too! Snap some nice pictures while you are there.
Wow! This was an absolutely beautiful trail with tons of waterfalls and rock formations carved out by the stream. This is an amazing place to visit. I would recommend hiking the trails around the falls during high water. You may have to pay to get in, but it is well worth it. We were not able to hike the entire thing, because the “scalers” did not get a chance to knock all the loose rocks from the gorge above the trail.
There are several trails that traverse the area around the Glenn; I would recommend taking the Gorge Trail and maybe a Rim Trail to one of the vistas above.
Pennsylvania – Central PA Region
Gamble Run Trail (5.8.08)
This is a nice hike up along Gamble Run. The trailhead is off West Side Road. Not much parking is along this road; just find a spot that looks suitable.
The Jump Up (8.16.08)
This is a trail that starts off XX road on the mountain side. The trail ascends the location of the mountain known as “The Jump Up,” which is a fairly steep climb with rocks all over the trail. Be careful not to roll an ankle on this trail! You will follow this trail which is not blazed but at times is marked by orange tape straight up to the radio towers located at the top. But before you reach the towers you will be blocked by some rocks. At this point turn left and follow the trail across the mountain bending left and right and left again where you will ascent an old skid trail to the big rock outcropping that is viewable from Rt. 220, Rt. 150 & River Rd. This is a very cool place and is really the only highlight of the trail. The highway noise, the rocks and the lack of scenery make for a sort of boring hike. But the rocks are well worth the effort. Once you reach the rocks, hang out, look around, explore, eat some lunch and enjoy the view, because it is awesome! After you explore some, turn around and head back to your vehicle.
OLP Camping / OLP Area (8.31.08)
It has been many years since we have been back to this area. It still remains just as pretty as it was when we were here. This trip to Northeastern Lycoming County was more of a camping trip than a hiking trip. There are several state forest established campsites. Ours was off Pleasant Stream Rd (the furthest from people) It turned out to be a very nice campsite. On this adventure we visited Sproul Point Vista. This is probably one of the best views around, but it has grown up tremendously since we first visited it back in 2004. Afterwards we parked along Rock Run and walked the run at several areas stopping off to take a dip into the run at some of the popular swimming holes. Rock is a very unique stream with its streambed and outlining terrain.
Slate Run Camping / Columbine Trail (BFT) (10.4.08)
This is a short but steep ascent about .4 miles to one of the best vistas on the BFT. This vista is almost a 360 degree panoramic! The vista is known as Columbine Vista because of the columbine flowers that surround the view. Relax, take up the view and enjoy your stay here. If you look across the valley to mountain in front of you, you will see a cutout. This cutout is an old quarry. The view from this point is breathtaking too. If you would like to see this view, start hiking the BFT from Slate Run counterclockwise. You will reach the Quarry Vista in about 2.5 miles.
Houselander Trail (10.19.08)
What a great trail with some spectacular views and one heck of an adventure back! This trail switchbacks up Houselander Mt. to the top where you can admire the awesome view from the pipeline, mX.XX. If you thought Spur 3 Vista was cool, wait until you get to the other side and see it from here! At this point on the mountain head west along the top of the ridge. Pay close attention, the trail markings are far and few between! At mile X.XX you will reach an old logging road. Turn left and follow the grassy road for a short distance then begin to bushwhack the rest of the way following a horribly marked trail (the Old Tiadaghton Trail) that looks to have been used only a handful of times in the past 10 years! It is a brutal hike on the ankles due to the steepness of the ridge and the lack of flat trail, wait what trail! The trail markings are scattered throughout the rest of your descent. There are tons of downed trees and small pants and bushes in the way. If you choose to take the easier way out, just backtrack or follow the junction trail to the MST, hang a left down the mountain to Rt.414, turn left and follow the road for a mile to your vehicle.
Jacoby Falls (2.1.09)
What an excellent winter hike to take! It’s quite a simple one too. It is blazed with blue rectangles. You are rewarded with an excellent prize at the end of the trail. There is even a spot on the left side of the ravine where you can hike behind the falls. Some have traversed all the way through! Not me, I did not have cramp-ons, too dangerous! You must be careful of falling ice, rocks and of course falling on your butt! The trail starts off Wallis Run Rd. at a sign that says Cotner Farm. Travel directly into the woods to a Jacoby Falls sign. The trail travels along the east side of the left mountain. You will cross over some runoffs and traverse Jacoby Run once or twice. At m.61 you will notice a gate and a pond on your left, this is private property. At m1.66 you will come across a trail register, sign it! You will soon reach the falls in about 100 yards. Hang out and enjoy yourself there. If you like return you’re your vehicle via the pipeline until you reach the gate. Then you must cross over Jacoby Run and take the trail the rest of the way back.
Big Pine Trail Callahan Run Loop (4.11.09)
The Big Pine Trail is another trail blazed by Mr. Webber himself. This is a very nice trail with some hair-raising ledge walking towards the Half Dome Trailhead by Riffle Run. The trail starts off at Naval Run Parking Area about 1 mile west of Slate Run on Naval Run Rd. Some of the best campsites along Pine Creek are along this trail. The Naval Run Parking allows access to several trails in this area, Big Pine, Naval Run, Callahan Run, Lance Raisch, & the famous Black Forest Trail,
From the parking area proceed towards the old logging road blocked off by a pile of dirt. Hike up the trail, turn left and cross Naval Run, continue to follow the blue-blazed Big Pine trail, passing through some Evergreens. Soon you will reach the Lance Raisch trail merge (.58m). At mile marker .98 you will cross Callahan Run, there are some excellent campsites along Callahan Run & Pine Creek. From mile 1.30-1.50 the trail narrows! Watch your step!!! Very steep fall to Pine Creek. At mile 1.XX you will reach the to Half Dome Trailhead. If you decide to hike up this trail, you will traverse 1300’ up the ridge to Half Dome. Half Dome provides two excellent vistas that look North & South along Pine Creek. There is also a trail register up here, be sure to sign it. If you decide not to hike up Half Dome continue on the Big Pine Trail following Riffle Run upstream. This part of the trail is very steep, be ready for one heck of a climb along the run and up a rocky area. The trail ends on Big Trail Road located at the top of the mountain. The entire Big Pine Trail is about 2.XX miles long. There are some excellent vistas up off of Big Trail Road. A good parking spot for this hike off Big Trail Road is a few hundred feet west of the southern trailhead. The parking area provides a vista of Slate Run and a campsite.
If you are adventurous like my wife and I you can make a loop hike out of this a few different ways. The hike we took followed several trails, Big Pine Trail, Callahan Run Trail, Big Trail Rd., and back to Big Pine Trail. Some bushwhacking involved about ¾ of a mile up steep Callahan Run!!! Here is out we did it. Start your hike off at Naval Run Parking Area, hike 1 mile to Callahan Run via BPT, turn right up Callahan Run Trail (unblazed, logging road). Follow Callahan Run Trail for xx miles, you will pass two campsites towards the top. You are very close to the BFT at this point. Turn left up Callahan Run, the trail soon disappears! Follow the main branch of Callahan Run up to the top of the mountain onto Big Trail Road. Turn left on Big Trail and follow it to the southern trailhead of Big Pine Trail. Don’t forget to stop off and admire Slate Run from the Vista along Big Trail Rd. Turn left and follow the Big Pine Trail down Riffle Run, don’t worry this is blazed back to Callahan Run. If you like, hike along Pine Creek and you will pass along some very nice campsites. After crossing Naval Run, hike up a steep but short hill to your vehicle. All-in-all it’s about X.XX miles. Give yourself plenty of time to explore and bushwhack.
If you prefer not to bushwhack, at the point in which you follow the main branch of Callahan Run, continue straight and merge with the Black Forest Trail. Turn left on the BFT and follow it up to Big Trail Road. Turn left on Big Trail Road and hike the road for X.XX miles to the southern trailhead of Big Pine Trail. Follow Big Pine back to your vehicle at Naval Run. This hike is about X.XX miles. Enjoy!
I am currently working on other loop hikes using Naval Run Trail and the Black Forest Trail up around Gasline Rd. I am also working on a day hike over Hemlock Mt. using Naval Run Trail and the BFT. These hikes will be long and strenuous, this part of PCV is pretty rugged.
RX-6 (Link Trail) Loyalsock Side Trail (5.24.09)
The RX-6 trail also known as the Link Trail is the longest of the (8) RX trails. These side trails (aluminum can lids painted yellow with an red X) allow hikers to bypass, loop or visit sections of the LT & its highlights such as waterfalls.
The trailhead is a hundred yards down the park road that is to the left of the park office. Follow the road to the bridge that crosses the Loyalsock Creek. Turn right before the bridge, the Link Trail starts here. There will be a trail sign indicating which direction the LT, High Rock and the Link Trail go. The link trail continues straight and follows the Loyalsock Creek for a short bit before turning towards Rt. 154 and following Double Run. Double Run is an awesome stream with lots of small sliding, cascading and plunging waterfalls. This is a great section of the trail, but pay attention as the Loyalsock Trail and other side trails all converge at different sections along the run. After leaving Double Run at mile X.XX you will begin to ascend to Canyon Vista, great place to eat lunch and relax for a bit. This vista offers a wonderful view of Worlds End below. There are bathrooms, picnic benches, parking, and a rock garden behind you. After taking in the view here follow the Link Trail/Loyalsock Trail crossing Cold Run Road at mile X.XX. Traverse south, southeast through Devil’s Garden (not sure what is so special about this area, nothing to see?) located on top of the mountain. This section of the hike travels through deciduous forests, crosses Vinegar Run at mile X.XX and a small section of conifers around mile X.XX. Descend towards Shanersburg Run, begin to head downstream and cross Rt. 154 at mile X.XX There are two different parking areas at this mile marker. Follow Rt. 154 for a hundred yards and descend towards the Loyalsock Creek. Hike along the creek for remainder of the trip. This section of the trail is quite pretty too. There are lots of great campsites, swimming holes, small rapids, rock formation in the creek and rock ledges along the creek. Some of the better campsites are towards this end of the trail, I would say within the last half miles. At mile 6.95 you will pass around a gate and cross over Mill Creek. Take your last pictures for the trip, check out the iron bridge and the creek below before hopping in your car at mile 6.98 to head back to WESP to pick up the put-in vehicle!
BFT Quarry Hike to Algerine Trailhead (9.19.09)
This is a great day hike with rewarding views of Pine Creek, Slate Run & Red Run. Begin your adventure at the Black Forest Trail Trailhead off Slate Run Rd. Sign the log book at mile .04 and then turn right following the BFT to Slate Run. Cross Slate Run at mile .32. Begin to ascend the mountain side reaching the first vista at mile 1.19. Soon thereafter you will encounter some neat rock formations and rock walls. Begin to ascend an old logging road where you will be rewarded at the top with a panoramic view of Slate Run from an old quarry site. A nice campsite is here, but of course no water. Look across the valley on the mountainside. This opening is another incredible panoramic view which can be easily accessed from Slate Run Rd. for another day hike adventure (A very short day hike to an awesome vista – See: Columbine Vista Hike”). The quarry vista that you are at is mile 2.56 on the BFT. From this point continue your trek along the BFT heading north. Turn right leaving the BFT at mile X.XX. Following the blue-blazed Algerine Trail out to your vehicle along the parking area on Algerine Lane.
If you would like to extend this hike to X.XX miles continue on the BFT pass the Algerine Trail split and follow the BFT to another vista at mile X.XX. Continue for another X.XX miles to a wonderful vista. From this point head down Red Run to your second vehicle along Morris Run / Slate Run or head back the way you came and make a left and follow the Algerine Trail out to your vehicle. There are 3 possible point-to-point hikes using these parts of the trails. Or make it a simple one vehicle trip and turn around and head back when you feel ready.
Old Tiadaghton Trail at Ramsey (10.11.09)
This is a great little day hike that is not too hard. Start this hike off by parking at the Ramsey Village parking area. Turn left on the Rails-to-Trails. This section of the rail trail is also part of the Mid State Trail (orange blazed). Cross the railroad bridge at mile .XX. Turn right shortly after the bridge on a blue-blazed trail. Follow the blue trail where it transforms into a yellow trail. At a very early point in the hike (.XXm) you will pass an old quarry site. At various points along this trail you will see old trail markers for the Old Tiadaghton Trail. At mile X.XX you will reach your first vista. Enjoy the small view on the homemade bench. Continue the trek up the ridge to a wonderful vista. But in order to see the panoramic view you must turn right leaving the trail for a short 25 yard walk out on the rock ledges. Snap a few pictures, take it all in and head back down the way you came.
We did not continue our hike out the ridge to Bonnell Run and down. We simply did not plan enough time for this hike, but we will be back to continue the loop hike next spring. Enjoy this simple up and back hike.
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