Explore todays thoughts - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

todays thoughts Map

My favorite hometown hiking place!

20 hours ago

Flat walk over frozen ground with the dog.

Great hike, A dusting of snow at the base and 1-2" on the shady side of the top. Upper 20s and mostly sunny. We did the loop counter clockwise without taking the spur to the lean to. 3.9 miles according to the GPS. We only saw one other pair with their dog. Numerous animal tracks in the snow. We might not have needed them but we used micro spikes on the way down and it made more secure footing.

5 days ago

Great trail to take a dog on.

5 days ago

One of my favorite places in Bucks County. Was lucky enough to grow up a few minutes from here and it's still one of my go to spots when I want to get out in nature!

Great trail all the way through the smaller rocks all over the trail are more challenging than the huge ones. Great lookout areas. Did this with a club at my school.

Very rocky trail but nice views. The challenging rocks made it a fun hike.

Hiked from the AT parking lot along 309 to the Bake Oven Knob. Bear Rocks and Knife's Edge were great rock scrambles. They were a little challenging once the wind gusts came but a lot of fun to climb and traverse. The views were great along the way. Super rocky trail though so definitely where boots. At some points you just wish you could put your feet flat and walk for a little without any rocks. If I did it again, I'd skip continuing on to the Knob. While the views are great, the graffiti is awful. My Fitbit registered 12 miles out and back when you include the Knob.

Very cool

I am a beginner with the hiking and adventuring. This trail was beautiful and was more than just a path. Lots of rock steps and inclines. It was not easy for me, but the accomplishment felt great. We went on a cold rainy January, so it was slippery but well worth it!

Absolutely beautiful! So many different beautiful views until you get to the actual 360 view!

Nice hike. I think I did the blue loop trail which is blue and orange much of the way. I started to the right of the pavilion. it was muddy early on. About mid way you have to cross the creek a few times. This would be difficult to do without getting your shoes under water. I took my shoes and socks off for 2 crossings I wouldn't have been able to do without getting my shoes wet so I was able to finish with dry socks and shoes. About 4 miles. Moderate uphill at the end. Rest of trail was not too difficult except trying to keep from getting my feet wet or muddy.

1/6/19: This hike was a great break from being in D.C. There is a lot to see in a relatively close proximity. I hiked counterclockwise starting with Chimney Rock and saving Cunningham Falls for last. There’s a nice bench at the Thurmont Vista for lunch and the trails are very clearly marked. I took a few side excursions and and walked all the way around Wolf Rock and ended with 11.3 miles total. Parts of the trail was extremely crowded, while the stretch between Thurmont Vista and Blue Ridge Summit Vista was empty. There is one restroom at the Hog Rock parking area along with picnic tables. The only two draw backs are crossing the road to get to Cunningham Falls and front side of the trails follows along the road. The short .5 miles stroll to the Blue Blazes Moonshine Still has an outstanding story to go along with it.

11 days ago

GPS takes you to the loading dock plenty of parking, but the trail starts a quarter of a mile away-- use the map

quite a bit of graffiti and trash sadly but we picked some up while passing, lovely view once you make it to the cave

Had a little of everything. Great few hours

It was actually a pretty good hike, Did it for the first time with two of my buddies definitely recommended! A little disappointed that I didn’t finish the whole trail but did about 90% of it.

Decided to do the blue trail. was a little muddy after the rain. lots of interesting ruins along the trail. would definitely be going back.

Lovely trail, medium difficulty. Most of the trail goes through the woods, so it was okay to do on a hot June day. Met several thru-hikers on this segment.

13 days ago

Awesome First Day hike! Parked in the equestrian lot and followed the blue ribbons and signs for Flat Rock until they stopped. Picked up the yellow blaze trail and followed that to where it meets 5 other trails and then continued on to Flat Rock. Loved the wooden bridge over the creek. The sand springs made the water crystal clear. The last trek is very steep and rocky. Once you get to the overlook you forget all about it. It was one of the best views I've seen in PA. Took the blue blaze trail back until it met with the red Lehman trail. Crossed the creek in two places using rocks and then a nice clear path until it joined back to the 5 trail point. Took the Flat rock back to the yellow blaze and back to the parking area. 7 mile's total going that way. It was well worth the 2 hour drive!

Great little loop, there’s a decent hill in the loop, but a nicer Downhill after it. Just be mindful of other people on the trail

be prepared to climb a little bit. definitely not suitable for dogs (at least on the white marked trail). I saw a lot of people there that were not dressed appropriately or prepared for the rock scrambling that this trail has. it's short but fun. the way down (blue marked trail) is a better alternative for access to the top if you do not want to rock scramble. however it is quite steep

Great trail. But without this app I would of been lost. Sometimes the markings were sparse enough ( especially along the creek) that I thought I missed a marking. Trail criss crosses across a creek which can be very confusing. But, nonetheless I had a great time exploring the landscape.

Great trail. Rocky at the start on the Appalachian (it is the AT in NJ after all). Ridge line is beautiful - great views all vantages. The Kaiser Trail on the return is not well marked - keep your eyes open. This portion of the trail is beautifully lined with wild rhododendrons (can't wait to come back in May) and is a wider softer path. Take the right at the Copper Mine Trail cross over .2M to the turn for the final leg of the trail back to parking. Lots of varied terrain, small streams, great rock formations.

Might have been a 5 rating but it was a misty day so the views were blocked. But nice loop!

Nice trail. Steep start but don’t be deterred it levels off. Massive amounts of water on the trail right now

The views are awesome. The initial climb is challenging but enjoyable if you're down for the exercise. Very rocky at points. My dog didn't seem to have any troubles though. Definitely going back.

We parked and went right up the stairway to heaven. A gorgeous view. Worth the climb! Pace yourself!

Great hike. I think the HARD rating is deserved. Some rather rocky sections especially the north shore of Sunfish Pond. We had a great day weather wise. Upper 30's, no wind. Overcast but that made it nice considering it is winter. The description says 9.1 miles but it ended up being slightly over 10 and we did not vary from the trail outlined. Not sure why the descrepency. Overall my favorite NJ hike so far. Be aware of the 5 creek crossings on the way down. Our feet were soaked for the last 2 miles. Got in the car and cranked the heat and all good. Super fun hike.

excellent views and scenic waterfalls and that was in the middle of winter.

It had rained all day the day before the hike and most of the paths were super muddy. The maps there were not helpful. They had really nice bathrooms where we parked by the mansion. I would come back and try another trail the area is very nice.

Load More