We hiked here a few weeks before Christmas before the snow came. The Interpretive Trail's trailhead was easy to find in the parking lot. The scenery was astonishingly beautiful and the first half of the trail was easy to keep track of. But the further you went into the woods the more you began to lose track of any trail marking. Thankfully, the trail was well worn and we were able to follow the loop out. But you may not want to take this specific trail if you haven't done it before and/or easily lose your bearings.
Loved this trail, somewhat of a workout at the beginning but clear sailing after that. Remarkably secluded. The big rock "gardens" are a sight. The whole trail is peaceful and fun. I overnighted about 2 hours in (going from the trailhead on 62) in a nice little spot next to a stream.
Have hiked this in both summer and winter, and was surprised by how much I loved it in winter. There was about a half foot of snow on the ground, and increased with elevation, but still completely manageable. Absolutely beautiful with sun coming through the pines and snow. Easy access too -- can park in the pull-off on Route 62, cross the road, and enter at the trail head. A number of small streams (no big deal during winter, but spring and summer may prove a little soggy and buggy). Lots of boulders, which were perfect to stop and have tea.
Very enjoyable trail. It connects to the north country trail above Minister creek and goes to route 62 and the Allegheny River. I found it to be fairly well marked and easy to follow. There is a very impressive rock formation along the trail. There were camping areas near Sandstone Spring and where the trail crosses Slater Run. Going down the hill to 62 along Boarding House Run there were several waterfalls, but the trail there has many downed trees and is not as well marked. I did find my way fairly easely though. The Toms Run loop has some nice views of the creek and is interesting, but very boggy in spots.
Hiked from Kellettville to Henry's Mills over a span of 2 days as part of the Allegheny 100 Challenge. This is a beautiful section of trail with numerous bridge crossings. The section that leads down to Minister Creek was pretty muddy on the day we did it. I highly recommend this trail and would do it again.
I took my mom here a couple of years ago for her first hiking experience. This trail was easy with a couple of easy hill climbs and descents that most people could handle. We took our time and and enjoyed the scenery. Since this trail connects to some of the other local trails in the Allegheny National Forest, it would have been nice if the trails were labeled better. Overall, we had a great experience and enjoyed our time hiking Tom's Run!
Susan S. on Hearts Content National Scenic Area Trail
Very peaceful and scenic. We went in the winter, very beautiful and quiet.
Very Easy and scenic trail through untouched virgin timber area, A short hike in a loop. It is slightly downhill so it might be a lil difficult for some elderly but I have taken children as young as 6 around this loop with no problem. Lots of interest points set up by the forestry along the trail. Very well maintained. A nice quick hike, No camping along this trail but there is a campground run by the forestry not far from it.