South Mountain - Orange Trail

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South Mountain - Orange Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Emmaus, PA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.8 miles 592 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

South Mountain Trail is a 8.7 mile loop trail located near Emmaus, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, trail running & walking and is accessible from September until June. Good mix of terrain

22 days ago

very nice trail on a cool crisp morning

30 days ago

I work two jobs and have a 3 1/2 hour break between jobs. so I look for someway to take time. thought I would try this trail it's peaceful if you like solitude it's excellent. the highlight of this trail I think is the boulder outcrop.

1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail, there is multiple loops to choose from. Cool switchbacks up and down the mountain. Trails are easily marked and exciting. Enter from Alpine street, there will be a small park on the left to park at.

hiking
2 months ago

First time on this trail. The trail as it appears on the map does include the Red, then Light Blue, and a little bit of Orange, then back to Red trails. A bit confusing if you have never been on this trail system.
I would advise wearing good sturdy shoes like hiking boots because of the mixed terrains of rocks, roots, and boulders.
This was a fun trail system with many options so your hike could be as long or short, easy or hard as you want to make it.

hiking
2 months ago

lots of varied terrain. cool spring to splash your feet in as well. neat boulders to explore. close to home.

hiking
2 months ago

It was fantastic..enjoyed the day .,could of used a little more shade walking but it was a fantastic day !

3 months ago

This was a really nice and surprising hike. Loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike, close to the Highway making it very convenient.

mountain biking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

it was a well blazed trail. I took my puppy along he did very well also. I started on the orange trail then switched to the green trail. we ended up coming out at another part of the park, a couple of blocks away from where we stated. I liked it will be going back again.

hiking
4 months ago

Very challenging and diverse set of trails. Map found online (uploaded to pictures section) is accurate and the trails themselves are very well blazed. Did the orange to light blue to red and back to orange loop which was about 4 miles. Will add yellow and light purple sections next time out to lengthen hike. Will be back! Enjoy!!

4 months ago

Nice trail. Narrow trail part of the way so need to move over when passing with other hikers/bikers. Boulder outcropping on the orange trail was cool but short. In hindsight I would probably go back and loop into the red trail and give that a try.

hiking
4 months ago

i like it because it has lots of puddles and creeks with frogs deer and butterflys also lots of different birds and its a good hike

5 months ago

Diverse terrain with some great rocky parts. There is an orange trail, but that alone is about 1.5 miles. There is also blue/red/green trails that branch off the orange trail. A lot of mountain bikers. If you are hiking be prepared to stand on the side of the trail several times to let bikers pass by. Very nice place!

5 months ago

Excellent hiking & mountain biking trail! On the more challenging side for mountain biking due to some rocky sections. Other than the rocky sections I'd say it was a moderately difficult trail to ride. Some decent climbing and down hill runs. Although a short trail, fun non the less!

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

what a beautiful trail! Orange trail is definitely not 3.7 miles, just a little under 2. still great exercise and great scenery! I'll be back, I'd like to try one of the other trails-combined, a couple of the trails would probably be over 3 miles

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Easy and well marked trail. We walked at a very leisurely pace, stopped to climb rocks and take a few pictures, and it only took around an hour to do the orange path. I expected it to be longer, but it was a nice leisurely walk.