Trough Creek State Park is a 38.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Todd Township, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and road biking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great trails. Elevation changes, rock formations, suspension bridge, overlooks, and other features that make the hike interesting. Close to Raystown Lake.
Beautiful and relaxing
According to the map of the park, there are 11 named hiking trails. I started at the car park at the beginning of the Copperas Rock Trail which will take you up to the Rhododendron Trail (on the map) but called the ledges trail according to the sign. At the end of this trail you can head over to the Balanced rock (see photo) and then down to the suspension bridge (another photo). Crossing the bridge puts you onto the Boulder trail which leads to the Laurel Run Trail which will loop you back to your car. The entire route is about 4 miles. You can drive further into the park for additional trails.
Trails are not well marked so highly recommend you get the map for the park.
Really enjoyed the Rainbow Falls and Balancing Rock, very cool rock formations. Saw the most amazing blue warbler ever!
Downside, we stayed at Lake Raystown Resort, and were warned to either bring our firearm or a big stick along on our hike, because copperheads have been seen. Big sticks were plentiful, but then we were a little edgy on the hike, not only about the snakes but wondering if other hikers were packing. But didn't see either and it was in the middle of July!
I hiked a loop through the park that's described in "50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania", about 7 mi. that took in most of the well known features of the park. Trail maintenance and blazing are spotty, as mentioned in other reviews. There are some nice trails here along with interesting history. The view from Brumbaugh trail is obscured by leaves in the summer.
This is now my favorite park! The trails are beautiful. (Most of them) The park is beautiful. I really want to come back but it is 300 miles from home so we will see.
What a beautiful park!!!! I agree with the reviewer that said Brumbaugh was poorly marked and poorly maintained, but you cannot have it all. A couple of the other trails have poor maintenance in places. All in all, the more popular trails were well maintained and the "road less traveled" was the path less worn. There were also some very rocky areas. It is not the city, it is a beautiful natural area so a few obstacles are a small price. We did every trail in the park except Terrace Mountain; that will require an over-night backpack trip at my slow pace.
Nice hike...nice views from balancing rock....fairly easy hike.....would recommend checking it out.
I'm gonna preface this review with a few point. 1st, Trough Creek is a wondrously beautiful park. If you live in PA, or anywhere within driving range of this place, do yourself a favor and take a trip here. If you have the means or the time, stay at the Lodge. Cool place. Next point. No trail through any woods will ever get less than 3 stars from me. Just the fact that it's a trail in the woods earns a minimum rating of 3 .... Well ... unless Ninjas or zombies try to kill me and eat my brains. In that case, maybe a 2 ......
With that being said, Abbot Run Trail, Balanced Rock Trail, and Ledges Trail were all great hikes. I especially Ledges. Brumbaugh Trail, however , was a different story. The trail was poorly marked and VERY POORLY maintained. According to the DCNR map, Brumbaugh Trail is supposed to be an orange blaze, yet the markers (when there were any) were all yellow. The back side of the trail, past he zenith overlooking Raystown Lake was so horribally maintained that we spent a good deal of time staring at the map and guessing. In the end we found our way back down though so no real harm.
All in all Trough Creek is an amazing park. It is truly a natural abundance of awesomeness.
This was a really pretty area. Lots of trees, rocks, and a large stream that runs through the park. Very scenic tent camp sites nestled into the woods. The trails were not a loop though. There were a lot of trails under 1 mi. and a couple around two miles. We went in the fall and it was very pretty with all of the leaves turning. Only complaint... Some of the longer trails weren't maintained well.
A nice, short hike near Raystown Dam. We ended up here by chance, looking for a place to have a picnic after find Raystown packed to the gills. The trail climbs gentle switchbacks along one side of the valley carved by Trough creek and is rocky and uneven in places--mostly due to erosion and exposed tree roots. Nothing a good pair of light hiking boots or sturdy shoes can't handle. Nice forest probably makes for nice autumn color. Balanced rock is cool, and the rainbow falls actually had a rainbow. Lots of rocks for the kids to climb. We took our time and still finished the loop in 2 hours, running into about 4 other groups on a Saturday afternoon. Nice picnic areas, too. Make sure you see the natural refrigerator near the campground--on a hot day, you may want to sit there a while. Several connecting trails allow you to decide on the route that fits your needs and schedule. Some steep sections, but the short spurs to balanced rock and rainbow are short and simple.
Pretty good place for a day trip. The two highlights are the Balanced Rock and Rainbow Falls. We took 5 hours to do some of the trails but we also stopped for pictures and ate.
Raystown Lake is just up the road so if your going there this is a great place to visit.