Sarah M. on Lewis Rocks Loop Trail
By far one of my favorites! Just did my first winter hike here and I fell even more in love with this place. Half the fun is finding your own way as there are very few markings and lots of different paths people have created. I just stay close to the stream and hang a right at the top waterfall to access Lewis Rocks. Snakes are common so be cautious. Give yourself plenty of time to explore! Absolutely beautiful in any season!
Trails weren't at all clearly marked & crisscrossed in every direction. It was nice to hike by a stream, but you could hear the cars on the road that is close by which detracted from the hike in my opinion. Listening to traffic while hiking isn't that relaxing:-/ I love hiking on other trails in the area though!
Perfect! This can be tricky for first timers since there are many trails and none are marked. But all the trails means you can come back many times and try new trails. I've hiked much of Michaux State Forest, and this is definitely my go to spot! Back story on the posted signs and trails (my understanding), maybe 20 years ago one main trail was shown on state forest maps (now on some maps as Forest RD) which intersected the Application Trail - which used to loop down inside the game preserve. Later the AT was rerouted straighter above the game preserve and no trails where printed on state forest maps, and no signs were posted. About 3 years ago a hiker injured their ankle and needed rescued by helicopter. Tumbling run ended up paying some of the bill. Now it is posted for liability on their end. You can hike here, but they disprove of litter and irresponsible hikers. So, pick up trash and be smart about it. To access Lewis Rocks from AT (using the old AT and old trail that is Forest RD) turn right at the crossing of Forest RD, both forest roads are connected. Take that to the top of the mountain where Lewis Rocks is marked, and follow the trail on the right, which will go along the rocks, down into the preserve and falls. This route is tricky to navigate being its not marked. You might want a good gps for this old route. You can also take Blueberry Trail from AT to the bottom of the game preserve. To access Lewis Rocks from 233, is tricky. Park in the lot, cross the stream. There's half a dozen routes that all go to the same place, some easier then others. The simplest is to hike along the stream. Follow any path to the falls, then hike up the steep on the right, continue to the top at Indian Rock where you can see a great view. To the left are more rocks you can follow. There are many campsites in the rocks, not that you should use them. You can also take Forest RD back down into the parking lot.
This is my absolute favorite hike on the entire eastern part of the United States. I've been hiking here regularly since I was a kid, when my father took me here in the early 90s. The way up is spider webbed with many different intersecting trails to choose from, and depending on which ones you chose, you can make the trail easier or more rocky and challenging. even up at the pinnacle you can choose to climb up or hit any of the side trails to avoid having to crawl up rocks. the views all along the Ridgeline offer amazing perspective and give you a different experience every time you come up. I would recommend this trail to anyone who is okay with a bit of a challenge as long as you keep an eye out for the copperheads...which are very beautiful in spite of their slight danger. they aren't necessarily deadly, however their venom is hemotoxic and you would have to hurry to the hospital to avoid serious health complications if bitten. If you are a hammock camper, this trail offer absolutely perfect campsites all around and depending on the season, a simple wind shielded campfire is safe. If I could choose just one trail to live on forever, this one would be it!
the best hike I've found in S. central PA! the waterfalls and pools add to the gorgeous hike up this mountain. on the way up there are flat rocks you can sit on and eat lunch. this is definitely a hike I would consider moderate-hard. There have been many reviews about people encountering snakes, although we have not, this far. I brought my children with me, youngest was 5 years old, although she is a tough cookie, she made it up and down but I do have to say, you must watch your kids carefully b/c of the mention of rattlesnakes, etc as well as the rough steep terrain in many parts. We carry a walking stick with us (in case of snakes) and other precautions such as first aid kit, etc. Good advice would be to stay ON the trail. With all that said, this is a MUST hike trail!
Very fun hike but can be very confusing. Once you get to stream there's multiple paths you can go and have to cross over the stream constantly. I stay on the right side of the stream for the most part. Pretty steep once you get toward the top and there a set of rocks on the right for a great overlook of the valley. This hike is a hidden gem for sure.
Love the blue blazed trail! When I last hiked it a few months ago, there was a pretty large downed tree from some storms a few days prior. The creek was really full, though, and absolutely beautiful. If only the trail were better marked near the top, this would easily be a 5-star hike.
There are No Trespassing signs posted, but upon further research, the owners put these signs up due to liability-- so no, they are NOT going to shoot you or call the police if you're out hiking, they just don't want to get sued if someone gets hurt. It's a fairly popular trail and it's quite understandable that they're covering themselves.