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hiking
2 days ago

So it is a beautiful place even though it is December. It however is really poorly marked. There are a lot of marks for the yellow trail though and those areas seemed to be the best taken care of. I am not sure how well this trail is maintained in the summer as it seemed like it was pretty overgrown in some areas the further you get on the trail. Overall though my youngest loved it and we all enjoyed our day. Do make sure you have the app with you and a map though, otherwise you could find yourself out here for a very long time.

hiking
14 days ago

Very nice trail. Not too difficult. Plenty of options to go different ways so you don’t have to do all 10+ miles if you don’t have a time or inclination.

One of the best trails for the Gunpowder area. Open views. Many extra little paths. Gradual inclines but mostly flat. Not boring scenery.

It is what the name says.. a pleasant easy hike.

This is a great hike, but can be very muddy in some sections.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail offers a variety of scenery and the elevation gains keep it interesting.The area is open to hunting, so be sure to wear bright colors. Towards the beginning and end of the way out is best- did not really enjoy the middle portion that includes walking along a gravel road. On the way out, I thought it was more moderate than hard. However, I think the rocky terrain wears on you and I began to get tired coming back. Hiked on a Friday and did not see another person until almost back to the parking lot. A good little workout.

A number of trails for those who want a good workout. Area offers a variety of activity including kayaking, and swimming during summer months

We only hiked a short distance- picked the trail up off Balmoral Greens in Clifton. It was a little soggy from all the rains but a great time. Only saw two other people. We loved the rocks crossing the stream. A nice, easy hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable hike, not strenuous but there are some hills to traverse.

Great bit of trail. Difficult sections are followed by easy trail. Oakland Run is an awesome creek with plenty of mini waterfalls. The trail becomes pointless after you reach game lands; it basically becomes a grassy access road.

We hiked this trail from the A/T at Miller's Gap to Colonel Denning state park . Clocked in at 28 miles. Once you leave the AT there is no water so plan accordingly. Trail follows the ridge line , if you like walking on rocks, this is for you. Stayed at the Charlie Irvin shelter at about mile 16. Great views. Then another 13 miles to the park. It's a slow go and torture on you feet. Glad I did it, but probably not again.

hiking
2 months ago

We started at NORTH end of trail - only completed 1.7 miles out and back (3.4 Miles round trip). Beautiful, peaceful trail - only passed one other hiker! Trail is very well marked, just look for blue blazes carefully on switchbacks. Trail very "technical" in spots. We both had poles which were helpful but not required. At 1.7 miles in, GREAT "rocktop" view of the river valley! NOTE - at about 1.2 miles in there is a stream crossing - just look upstream for trail markers. North end - we parked right at entrance to trail - not sure if this was a parking area, but no issues.

backpacking
2 months ago

We chose to start the trail at the end of this route because the otter camp personnel mentioned some of the trail was washed away if your started the trail at the campground.

This trail is not for those who are new to hiking. I would NOT recommend bringing dogs or kids.

As this was our first true hike, we probably shouldn’t have started with mod/hard trail.

Pro:
1. The trail was marked very well, except one spot noted in the con section, which made it easy to follow.
2. If you’re concerned about water sources, as of today (sep 2018) there were so many many spots to get water you shouldn’t let that worry you. In the 7ish miles we made it through there were 3-4 spots to stop to get water. But you will need a purifier.



Con:
1. At one spot the trail enters a wooded area and we spent at least 30-45 min just trying to get back to the trail. Thankfully someone placed quite a number of blue blazes but it was rather disheartening to be turned around. Really glad I had this app to help work as a compass.

2. Spiderwebs. Everywhere.

3. The switchback we experienced was dreadful.

4. Spiderwebs. Did I mention those?

5. If you have a plan to stay the night in a tent this also doesn’t seem to be the trail to do that as most of the trail is on the edge of a hill or washed away. We did find one spot that had promise but would have to have backtracked to get there.

6. Spiderwebs.

Overall. Not a bad first hike but we decided to bail around mile 6-7 and caught an Uber back to our car. I think took too big of a bike this first hike, so the next couple will be shorter and a lot easier.

Definitely a HARD trail!!!!

Mason Dixon trail is all over the place and that’s what I love about it. You go up and down and all over. Great views and good challenge. Beautiful waterfalls and just a fun trail.

hiking
3 months ago

It was an awesome hike will definitely be back again well worth doing the whole thing

on Bull Run Trail

3 months ago

Great trail normally. Tried to hike it yesterday from Bull Run Park. The boardwalk when you initially start the trail was heavily damaged. You can get around the damaged sections without too much difficultly. The stream crossing beside route 28 was impassable.

hiking
3 months ago

Good difficulty and length! Parking was extremely limited, but we happened to be lucky. I could see it being frustrating if you didn't get one of the ~6 spots right next to the trailhead (as it's marked on this map - there are several spots along the road where you can hop on here).

Good flexibility in terms of being able to add & cut some loops along the way - just nothing spectacular here, though it's also far from boring. My experience was also a bit colored because I was stung by a bee at snacktime...watch where you're kicking around under larger rocks. My girlfriend did find some pretty uncommon mushrooms if you're into that sort of thing!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Giving it one star because one is not able to ride trail. READ, trails is full of big branches. would not recommend it to anyone until it is cleared. every minute or so I was clearing branches from the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, well maintained trails

Not for the weak! Plenty of camping areas along the way. 3 of us backpacks up there taking our time and hammock camped. Source of water was endless if you have a filtration system.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great day trail to take kids and pets on. Its fun and easy. And its beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Best done in the early spring or late fall. Expect some overgrowth in less frequently traveled sections. Some sections pretty sloppy from unusually heavy rainfall over the last several weeks.

3 months ago

My go to favorite.

Not sure why it says heavily trafficked, I only saw 2 people on the trail and a father and little boy right near one of the lots. Pretty rugged trail in places with a lot of ups and downs so a good training hike or just enjoyable as is. People were not kidding about the spiders! They usually never bother me but after my hair and shirt had plenty of spider silk (plus what I wiped off my face) I started using a long thin stick to clear them as I walked. Some great views of the river but found the gulley you go through in the middle just beautiful and serene. Have hiked a lot of miles since moving to PA and this is my favorite so far for solitude and beauty.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail along the waters edge is quite rocky. - Lots of roots to trip over in that section too. - All the trails in this area are not marked very well so carry a backup map and be sure to use your All/Trails App. - To many Yellow trails. - If you are coming on a weekend, go early or late because parking is limited. -- The trails are well defined but not much maintenance is being done here. – Very overgrown so beware of Ticks. No access to drinking water so be sure to carry plenty. If you get it from the upper stream it’s best to Filter it. Better save then sorry.

The hike was really steep but the view really is worth it, once we reached flat rock we continued on the Tuscarora Trail thinking it would lead us back down to where we came from, we got lost and hiked for miles, when we finally did find a road we were 14 miles away from our vehicles, we stopped at a locals home and he offered to drive us back, If you don't know where your going, just go back from the way you came from, it's very easy to get lost and lose track of where you are.

trail running
4 months ago

I started at the Dulaney Valley Rd trailhead and ran to Warren Rd, then back. As others have said, these trails are not well marked and it's tough to find where the trail continues when you get to clearings under the power lines. The portions closest to the reservoir shoreline are very overgrown. An app or GPS is a must.

But, that means you generally will have the trail to yourself. I was out mid-morning on a Sunday and saw only a handful of people.

birding
4 months ago

We did the Great Oak Nature Trail. This was a Ranger guided night time hike in search of owls. We saw and heard five of them. So exciting. This was a nice trail.

This map is not 100% accurate to the Blue Marsh Multi Use trail.

Nice flat trail for cruising

hiking
5 months ago

4th of July:
Quick 1-mile loop after a meal and a movie before nighttime fireworks. Great trail, it’s marked, and will definitely return to do the whole thing!

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