Sunken Garden Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portersville, PA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
sunken garden is a 3.7 mile trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
easy trail to take the kids on
Nice easy trail. Definitely good for families even with smaller children. A few scenic spots of the lake but mostly a walk through the woods
Nice easy and accessible trail for families, young kids, dogs, or just about anyone. My wife and our 7 week old hiked the short loop in just about an hour which was ~2.5 miles. The trail was well maintained for the most part with only a few sections that were overgrown but nothing that wasn't manageable. We followed the blue blazes. Once our daughter gets older we'll probably go back out and complete the entire loop.
It was nice along the lake, didn't care for the grass section
This is an easy 3+ mile trail. It does get muddy by the lake on occasion. They recently went through and did some trail maintenance. The blazes were freshened up and are easily seen. The trail was cleared and is nice and open. Overall a top pick for me if I want to do an easy 3 mile hike. Would be good for trail running as well.
Nice, easy quick 1-1.5 hour hike. Sneakers or sandals would be fine, however it can get muddy when it rains or by the lake. Wooded in parts and open in other. No real trail markings, but easy to get around. No real elevation change so not strenuous.
We hiked both the short and long trails in one day, and enjoyed both. As others mentioned, the markings were relatively nonexistent, but the scenery was very nice. We recommend both hikes, though encourage others to wear boots (or old shoes) when walking by the lake, as it was muddy for sure. Have fun on these hikes!
This is a nice trail for the most part however the trail markings are poor and actually wrong for the directions to the short and long loop. Stay away from the trail that goes by the lake as it has muddy patches.
We did the longer loop but the trail markings are incorrect. This is a nice trail but needs some maintenance. I will probably offer to assist as there were families on this trail and some people were lost and trying to figure it out on the map. It could also use a portion higher from the lake as some were mud patches.
All the beauty of the longer version without the hills.
This is a beautiful trail. It follows the lake part of the way, the pond lily back-water and the forested hills. The trail crosses many bridges.
In order to do the short loop, stay left when the trail splits sending the right side up hill. Actually, all the beauty of the longer version is contained in this compact version of the park's most popular trail.
A wonderful trail with a little variety thrown in. Much of the trail is grassy and flat even though it is wooded. Part of it looks more like a trail. Part of it has inclines. It follows the lake for about a half mile on the way back and later follows the lotus pond part of the lake. There are wild blackberries, crab apples and lots of wild flowers.