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hiking
9 days ago

I should have grabbed a trial map. Thankfully I read the reviews here which made exploring the Hills.

Hiked this out and back in two sections.

Day #1 - Started at Mcconells Mill and hiked to about a mile past Walnut Flats and back. The steady rain made footing pretty tricky but it was a challenge with some amazing views. Total - 10.5 miles

Day #2 - Started from Hell’s Hollow and hiked just short of Walnut Flats and back. On way back to car we took the Hells Hollow falls trail which was beautiful. Total - 7.5 miles.

Overall the trail was challenging and had lots of stream crossings, rocky terrain and some sizable elevation. A must if your in the area.

hiking
24 days ago

A fabulous, easy and scenic hike that leads you to some beautiful sites. They’ve recently redone all the old bridges for safer travels. An enjoyable hike for all ages and very pet friendly. If you take your child/children on this trail, have them bring a small toy to leave at the fairy trees that are located towards the middle of the trail - can’t miss them.

was a very relaxing hike. Took 15 Cub Scouts, ages 5 to 10, on this trail and they all made the 2 miles and enjoyed a nice hot lunch afterwards! Great trail for a day hike to get out into nature, great for a young family!

25 days ago

there is more to this park than just the flat trails. there are miles of trails up in the woods for hiking and mountain biking that are above moderate skill level. if you did all the trails you end up in Avenmore, total of 10-12 miles. the trails are there, you just got to poke around

Will hike this trail again for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice Trail if you follow the map its actually two tails Roaring Run and Rock Furnace trail. Rock Furnace Trail is the highlight follows Roaring Run which is actually beautiful. Camel Rock is a highlight and so is the suspension bridge. Stay Right at the split to reach the end of the trail the other way is not owned by the conservatory. there are mountain bike and hiking splits along the way or just follow the limestone path. Well marked paths. There is a nice recreation park near the parking lot. if you follow the map which I did its almost 8 miles long out and back.
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Favorite place to hike!

Went to see the fall foliage on 03 November, but majority of leaves had fallen (cold season starts earlier there). Still well worth it. Beautiful moss covered rocks line many portions of the trail. Eventually, you walk along some roaring mountain streams. Probably not an "easy" trail, but certainly not hard. Would recommend as a pleasant day hike.

walking
1 month ago

Very scenic, always A TON of people. More of an attraction and a simple walk on a nice path

Nice falls. Easy to find. Steep hill to get down the base.

1 month ago

Truely deep woods PA...

This is only a very small portion of the trail. The full trail is over 37 miles long and ends in Harrison Hills Park. There doesn’t seem to be trail guide in the app for the full trail but you can see it if you zoom the map out. The full trail is very difficult and there is a challenge event held every year by the trail association.

hiking
1 month ago

to start out it was a wet rainy day hike, and it was 4 days after they held a 100 mile trail run...so it was muddy to say the least. Having gotten that out of the way, what a great track. I did the 12 mile loop in about 5 hours (would of been faster, but took a wrong turn....twice.) and had a fantastic time navigating the mud, the rocks, the steep switchbacks and everything else this trail had to offer. The complete trail is much larger then what's on this map and I am planning on completing it later next month.
I fell in love with the character of the trail with in the first mile. You spend most of the time under the canopy of the forest all while moving along the side of the mountain with some pretty steep drop offs. If you are trekking this during the rain, take extra caution in your footing. One wrong trip could send you down a long way below. I slipped a couple of times, mostly on random wet tree roots.
There are a couple of well marked scenic views, but unfortunately for me it was a foggy day and could not see much.
The two camping areas have bathrooms and fresh water available. And I highly recommend spending the night at one of the shelters available at either Cow Run or Wolfkeil. What a way to spend the night out in nature.
Sorry for the rambling on, but I enjoyed this place so much, my wife and I have already planned 2 more trips here for early winter weekend hikes and staying in the shelter.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was super scenic. Somehow we jumped on to this trail from meadow run (didn’t know what we were doing and how to follow markers as this was our first hike), but it was a beautiful way to start hiking. There was quite a bit of traffic, but that’s to be expected here.

awesome trail, beautiful views. definitely not a beginner hiker's best option. some of the hill climbs are steep, but the trail is well marked and very easy to follow. we took our time & it was about a 4-1/2 hour hike from hells hollow falls to the covered bridge at mcconnels mill. also, we didnt see ANY litter along the whole hike, not did we see many people!

hiking
1 month ago

I think this trail leans closer to “moderate” than “easy” in difficulty (ignoring the fact that it was covered in snow when I completed it). Most of the trail is narrow and rocky.

on Roaring Run

mountain biking
1 month ago

decent trail, very slight incline going out until roughly 3 1/2 miles out, then a bit of a hill climb. but I see old people doing it enough, so it's not exactly a leg burner. stick to the left at the top of the hill and you'll find a little waterfall tucked away behind the tree line, there's no signs indicating it, just have to use your brain for half a second.
Also the marked map on this app is inaccurate, it's merging the rock furnace trail and roaring run. Just stay straight when you get to the little bridge, that continues roaring run, not the left hand turn this app is telling you take (that is rock furnace trail).

Well marked easy to follow trails. Grabbed a map from the kiosk and did the blue loop. Trail was muddy in spots but with all the rain we've had this summer that was to be expected. The trail was a little overgrown on the singletrack heading up to the ridge but otherwise a pleasant walk with all intersections well marked. The map has the loop at 5.7 miles but the app recorded 6.6 miles. I deviated from the map for lunch at a campsite but that was no more than 100 ft.

Did about 2/3 of the Black Loop. Markers up to #9 were fine. However, the decent leading back to the road was overgrown, and there were no markings on other side of the road. I had to abandon the lower portion and walk back via the roadway. That section needs to be marked more clearly.

Due to all the recent rain, the trail has spots where the mud is unavoidable and where a river crossing means you're going to wet. I enjoyed the many tiny waterfalls and the tower yielded better views than expected. This was a fun little muddy nature walk.

2 months ago

Well marked trail with lots in a short hike. Waterfall, river, and great rock formations and springs.

hiking
2 months ago

Started at Kentuck Campground (very close by). Trail was relatively muddy a d slick but well marked. The sections which are distant from the river are unremarkable. The portion along the river and Cucumber Falls make the trek worthwhile. I did the entire trail and cut through town, across the river on the Graet Allegheny Passage trail and got back on the trail to return to my campsite. That worked well but last mile was a lungbuster.

See my review. It’s more like 9+ miles :) blazes are hard to follow in places.

walking
2 months ago

Nice, relaxing walk with some pretty water features. We went with our 2 y/o and dog on a Saturday morning, but it started to get a bit crowded in the afternoon. The park was clean and well-kept, however some of the fellow walkers were a bit rude and unfriendly.

short trail but very beautiful. The trail is carved along a small creek with neat sedimentary rock formations with several waterfalls.

Great hike! As suggested begin by climbing the tower to see panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Then hike down into a valley crossed by multiple fast moving streams. Recent rains made these quite active and beautiful. They can be crossed with dry feet, but I would recommend hiking boots in general due to mud and water on the trail. There is an underground spring (indicated by a small sign) that bubbles to the surface near a downed tree. Fall light was fantastic. Most of the woods are stunted by the high altitude climate, letting more sunlight in for rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel. Lots of great Hemlocks close to the water. Even spotted a porcupine climbing a tree near the end of the loop.

backpacking
2 months ago

Technical my dog and I went on a 7 mile hike and camped out at Wolfkiel. Didn't realize that we would have to listen to coon hounds, traffic, gun shots and fireworks. Not good when you have a dog with thunder phoba. Finally at around 3am we heard the sounds of nature. Owls, coyotes and the deer eating acorns right outside of our tent. Something threatened one of the deer as it was stomping and snorting. Oh well guess I won't be doing this trip again. At least the weather was perfect.

Beautiful trail.

great trail but during heavy rains it can be soggy in some parts. signage is mostly great.

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