Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Callahan State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I give this 4 stars not for the moderate hiking, it’s easy, but it seems great for trail running and some mountain biking. There were some nice gradual inclines and downhills. No gravel, nice firm ground, moderate roots and rocks. We ended up speed hiking, worked up a sweat but didn’t get tired. To classify this as a moderate hike I would give it a 2.

Good loop on the north side of Callahan. Some much needed trail maintenance has been done on Red Tail which made it much more enjoyable on the way to Gibbs Mountain. The trails alternate between shady woods and open meadows. There are a couple sections that can be confusing so I would recommend using your tracker to avoid wandering in circles. Despite the poor signage on the north side, I really did enjoy this hike and would do it again.

One of the longest loops hikes you can do on the south side of Callahan. The trails are well marked and maintained but some of them get very close to roads and neighborhoods, which kinda ruined the nature experience for me at times. You can easily avoid these by taking little short cuts.

Really great place to bring your dog. Our lab always leaves here exhausted after all the swimming and running. Everyone we ran into was extremely friendly and people seemed to be picking up after their canine friends. They include fee trail maps as well as poop bags. Trails are easy to follow, well maintained, we love it here.

mountain biking
5 months ago

No good

Great loop with moderate elevation gains. Very well marked, but a little confusing at some trail junctions. Mostly stay on Backpacker and Bear Paw with a few exceptions.

hiking
11 months ago

Well labeled and easy trail in the beautiful fall weather. We saw ducks, geese, a woodpecker, as well as reddish squirrels and chipmunks.

Very easy short hike. We did acorn trail. We were trying to find Gibbs Mountain loop but we were unable to find the trailhead for it. Lots of dogs off leash!

Great place for a hike with the pooch! I think the last loop on the north side is just a straight there and back on the backpacker trail or a loop on the acorn trail though. I couldn’t find the other side of the loop shown on this apps map.

TONS of dogs not on leashes.

I'm giving this a 5/5 because I'm a dog owner and this is in my top 3 dog parks.
Dogs only have to be on leash in some areas, so it's nice having them run around by the pond with other dogs and close by you on the trails. We return here every few weeks, and neither us nor our dogs are disappointed. The trails are pretty easy to follow, they have free maps at both entrances; the amounts are limited, but they also have a big map you can look at before you go in.
There are some negative comments here about the dogs, but I've never actually seen anyone upset or bothered with them off leash, FYI :)

horseback riding
Thursday, August 31, 2017

My friend and I trailered our horses here today. The parking lot was a nice size where we were able to pull in and circle around for an easy exit. There were A LOT of dogs there and although it says leashes are required, not everyone had them and not all of the dogs were respectful of the horses. There were a lot of trails to explore and a lot where we could even trot and canter. Some were rocky and had roots all over but most were fine for the horses. With my horse being so tall, I had to do some ducking to avoid the tree branches but it was gorgeous weather and just enough breeze to keep the bugs away. There is a pond that the dogs can swim in and we took our horses in since it's only about belly deep for them and they could walk right in. It wasn't our favorite place because of the dogs but we'd go back at some point in the future as it's a nice change of scenery.

Pleasant easy trail compared with north Callahan state park, which was much harder

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Easy to moderate trail on north side of Callahan. Nice, pleasant place to spend an hour or two. There are lots of side trails and loops that can be added to increase length of hike.

Open, clearly marked trails. Different landscapes to see from forest to meadow to lake-side - mostly shaded. Fun hike with the kids.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice trails with some good moderate up and down. Wildflowers, lilly pads, horses, and ferns.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Lots of variety in the terrain

Exelente to walk dogs

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

An easy-to-moderate 1-1.5 hour loop that takes you past the lovely little Beebe Pond. Trail is well-maintained for the most part. Many confusing junctions, so pay attention to your map or AllTrails. Beautiful open forest crossed by the remains of many old rock walls from when this was farm land in the 19th century.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Backpacker South to Pine Hill Loop to Bear Paw to Broadmeadow St. Great cardio.

trail running
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great place to run especially if you have a dog! They are allowed off leash on most trails, especially the north side.

very nice and moderate walk. I've been going there since I was a child. in my opinion best dog park I've ever been to. on holidays there could be almost a hundred dogs. on a normal nice day there's a good number. big fields for dogs to play in. a sexy green (ew) pond for them to swim in and a few miles of very nice hiking paths. they even have bike paths on the left.

I love the trails and know them by heart I go so often! A pond for pups to splash and frolicking.

Love this spot! tons and tons of trails to explore with some really nice ponds and views. One of the closest places to Boston where you can actually get deep enough into the woods to be completely removed from the noise of the outside world

Great place !!

trail running
Sunday, June 14, 2015

A great place to run with a few small hills. Some parts are a little muddy and it can be a little buggy. You'll need to watch out for unleashed dogs though. It seems like everyone that owns a dog in this area brings them here to play (southern part).

My dog loves this place. Great place to bring the dog, let her run around off leash with the other dogs, swim in the pond and then hike the trails. We've been a lot with our dog - even just to throw the ball or Frisbee around.

Pros: free parking, nice countryside views of fields makes you feel like you are in rural Pennsylvania farmland. Nice change of pace. Decent amount of land to cover. Closed trails were clearly marked.

Cons: no swimming, not a very challenging hike for someone looking to feel they are all the way out there in the woods.

There was free parking. Hiking was fun In the woods. Was not super challenging. No swimming, not a lot of bugs. Views pretty good how large fields, not spectacular.

Good hiking Overall.

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