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hiked this on 11/4 with a friend. loved it. many people on the trail and lots of dogs. made it fun. had lunch and hot coffee from my thermos at the Pinnacle rock. views beautiful. saw a bald Eagle!!!

Just did this with my daughter today. Had a ton of fun on this course! Very rocky between Pulpit and Pinnacle so a little slow going at times, but the views are worth it. Definitely need waterproof hiking boots too, as the return leg was quite muddy in spots. The spring on the last leg was flowing really well, so we stopped there to fill up.

A great little day hike. Take a lunch and sit at the pinnacle to enjoy views of hawks hunting over the valley

the trail is very well marked.
it begins with a boulder field where you have to be a mountain goat and then it turns just plain rocky.

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16 days ago

There is a steep incline for about a mile straight in the begining of the trail. It was really pretty when you got to the top of the cliffs, seen a couple hawks fly away as I approached. The last two miles were on a stone road, and relatively busy. My dog loved it!

Chestnut Grove is a nature photographer playground . All the photo here were taken with a cell phone. This is a great hike for anyone - kids also. — If you hike back to the point where the Turkey Hill Trail goes down to the Enola Rail Trail - Hike up the hill to a clearing — where you can see the river. I have hiked here in every season and love it - a hidden gem!

Great hike! Check out the map before you get started to see what color trail markers you should be looking for. Also, keep an eye out for snakes. We saw 5 over the 9-mile hike, including two rattlesnakes.
The views from the Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock are awesome and are more than worth the effort to get there. Hiking shoes (or shoes with hard soles) are helpful because there are many portions of the trail where you're walking on rocks.

Not well marked and not toddler friendly. My parents are also a bit older and the trails being unmarked caused them to get easily lost.

I’ve been hiking this area for 20 years. It never gets old!

hiking
27 days ago

What a great combination of terrain. Finished this loop with my brothers-in-law and (then) five year old son. T’was fun crossing THROUGH a small creek.

Terrific trail with 2 magnificent panoramic views. A bit crowded on a Saturday late morning but then it was a perfect fall day! I would definitely do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

I parked at the Blackwell Access Lot and walked through town, past Miller’s Store-where you should definitely stop, to the trailhead where the MST climbs up to Gillespie Point, just off Big Run Road. The view is spectacular and I got to see a bald eagle soar just over my head! Because of where I parked, it was about 4.9 miles for me. I loved it and I think it is one of the best, short, day hikes in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Views.

Pretty easy trail for both me and my dog.

Well marked. Just make sure you turn right on the road at the end instead of going down the steps. This will take you back to where you parked.

Took about 2.5 hours to do the whole thing. My GPS tracked 4.7 miles total.

Another trail that needs better marking. All trails map was also unclear after reaching the Pinnacle. Pretty outlook. Very rocky so good hiking shoes help.

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn’t rate a hard. A lot of it is through fields. Only a couple places with a good view.

hiking
1 month ago

So this trail is not well marked. One should have AllTrails or gps. While not the prettiest trail I have traversed, there are pretty areas. Hiked after a hard rain so the smell of the land fill was minimal. Not hard to hike but for some the inclines may be a challenge. The meadows and one overlook were pretty. Many butterflies and wild flowers. Quiet except for the noise of a few trucks. The last few miles are flat along the river so made the last few miles feel long but seeing the recent rock slide and the caboose made it more enjoyable.

Great hike and very fun bouldering inside the cave at the pinnacle.

Great hike. Start early if the weather is good. It does get crowded. Didn't have any issue keeping on trail.

Beautiful view at the top. Not pleasant if too crowded. We went on a Sunday morning on a beautiful day and we were surprised that there were maybe only 8-10 people up there. We took the white trail to pulpit rock from the parking lot at reservoir road. The blue trail is easier. The white trail which we took up was fairly challenging due to rocks. You can easily miss the pinnacle when you get up there. Look for a large pyramid shaped pile of rocks and it’s right near there. We had the trail to ourselves a lot, with the exception of some “loud talkers” from a group of about 12, some of which had obnoxious personalities.

Hard for me going up, and well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Watch for the trail sign on the left about 2.5 miles in. I would not rate this specifically hard for an expierenced hiker. I missed the sign, whatever.. walked on. Found the Turkey Trail sign on the way back. Fun, wet and rocky. The mud can get slick, careful.
Nice falls to cross and hang out by.

My Roundtrip 11 miles, done on this property.

Great Hike, nice steady climb to overlook. Very crowded. Took counter clockwise route.

Good trail, nice incline and can be technical at times but mostly low key. Great for kids and families. Great bolder for the kids to play on...the tower has spectacular views! Climb to the top to see the beautiful scenery. Will be back to try different trails!

I was at the Pinnacle twice this past week. Be careful of snakes at the top on the right when you first get to the overlook. I saw a copperhead and Timber rattlesnake. However this is always a great hike with spectacular views both at The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock! Wear good shoes!

Creek, rocks, views: this trail has it all! It’s a very beautiful tropical-like hike with swimming holes, dense vegetation and little light, until you reach the Pinnacle area. What it is not is moderate! For a Pennsylvania hike with the amount of precipitation we’ve had this summer, this trail is HARD. It made Glen Onoko seem like a good place for parent’s to push their little ones in a stroller while wearing flip flops. (Don’t do that.)

There are allot of trail markings on straightaways with no other intersections. However, there are no trail markings when they’re needed most, but that was part of the fun. Quite a few times I needed to backtrack off rocks or creek crossings when I crossed too soon. I followed the orange trail and gave up at the Pinnacle outlook. It was a great climatic approach to the trail.

What you need:

1. Waterproof boots/ shoes with great grip
2. Lots and lots of water
3. Lots of bug spray!!

nice walk, nice veiws

My husband and I hiked this trail on a clear, winter day in January and nearly had it to ourselves. It was mostly flat and wooded -- very peaceful. The views from the top were lovely. Highly recommend.

Took a portion of this trail when hiking the Turkey Hill Trail. It’s very pretty and a great birdwatching part of the trail. I imagine that an earlier time in the season it be gorgeous as the fields are full of wildflowers. They were dried up when we hiked it but I’ll definitely be back next summer to view it! Not too technical as it’s a nature trail and more quiet and relaxing. There are benches through out it for you to relax and enjoy nature. We sat down for a quick break and recharge before finishing the second portion of the Turkey hill trail.

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