Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Allegheny National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing

Pleasant trail. Nicely kept and quiet.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and even better waterfall. I absolutely love this spot. The spot to park can be a bit tricky to find the first time. Once you find it, there's a descent down to the waterfall. The waterfall itself is very, very pretty and excellent for photography. We have had the falls area all to ourselves at times, and at other times have found it a bit crowded. I guess that just depends on when you go. The hike out is steep but it's not long at all.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a really enjoyable little loop trail. You circle the swamp area and have some really nice opportunities to see wildlife. We saw a ton of birds and evidence of beavers. The trail is relatively flat and not challenging. We return to this one about once a year and consider it a favorite.

Hiked here many times. Sweet!

6 months ago

We missed the parking area as well. We are also glad we read the reviews because we found road 180b and turned around. We even ended up parking in the parking area to allow a logging truck to pass and we still missed it so you have to keep your eyes open, the trailhead is off to the right of the parking area. The hike is shorter than 1.7 miles, atleast it feels like it. It is so beautiful once you get down there, definitely worth it and getting a little lost on these beautiful back roads is fun all in itself!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail little loose footing beautiful falls and boulders

hiking
7 months ago

Not just one trail!
You can go on a short hike, very easy, around the lake. You can also go much further on other trails. (I took a pic of the map) Very well maintained. It's obvious the locals take pride. All around a great trail. I will go back again with my 6 yr old and go on additional trails.

hiking
8 months ago

as many other reviewer point out only the first 1/2mile is obvious; beyond that the valley can be climbed.... but beware as in the heights above there are Mountain Laurel patches.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail to walk down, pretty cool checking out the creek around the rocks. Falls themselves are pretty small unless after a big rain.

It was a little difficult to find, but we did get to the right trail! On the road coming up, there will be two gated entrances nearby each other, one on the south side of the road and the other on the north side. The trail to Hector Falls is on the south side, and has more room to park. No signs for it, although there will be a sign welcoming foot traffic

The trail was well maintained and easy to walk, although it was more work going back up! The waterfall itself wasn't very big due to recent dry weather, but I'm sure it would be bigger after a good rain or in the spring. Loved how secluded it was, we didn't see any cars on the road and no other hikers on the trail. We took our two dogs as well and they had a great time, too! As another reviewer mentioned, about halfway down the trail there is a fork in the road, take the trail to the left to reach the falls.

Glad we read the reviews ahead of time, we did follow the directions from all trails, but we're glad someone said that 180b is too far down the road. When we got there we realized we needed to turn around, and it was the last turn off before 180b. The trail looks like an deer path from the small parking area, but it's much more defined once you get past the grass.

It was easy to follow, though definitely of moderate difficulty with the steep incline on your way back. It was shorter than all trails lists it as, more like 1 or 1.5 miles round trip. Beautiful waterfall in spite of the dry weather we've had, definitely worth the hike. We took our two dogs along as well and they had a great time. Very secluded trail, and we saw no other hikers.

9 months ago

Alltrails location was vague. Could not find the start point. Some rough roads approaching from west, slightly better approaching from east via Marienville.

Got a map from Marienville Ranger Station. Going west, if you've reached forest road 180B, you've gone too far. No marker, only a parking lot big enough for about 3 cars on the north side of the road. We parked too early; the ranger map said 1.1miles after the turn off of 128, we parked west of the Google maps marker, and should've gone half a mile further. Had to walk a half mile west through brush, haha. We found the falls and came back on the correct trail.

Don't make our mistake and it's a cool falls after an easy hike.

There are no markings, but from the parking lot is a very obvious dirt trail down that should take no skills to find at all.

trail running
9 months ago

We did 8 new miles of trail running. Beautiful views.

This is a beautifully maintained trail with a great payoff view at the top. Enough of a climb to make you feel like you got your exercise, but accessible enough to ask any able-bodied friends to come along. Trailhead is at the top of the parking area, which has restrooms. Highly recommend.

As a trail it isn't clear where it leads, but it's fun to explore around the rocks and the water. A family with preschool children was having a lovely jaunt and picnic around the bottom of the falls when we checked it out. Brochure says .4 mi of trails, which is about how high I climbed, so I don't know where the 2.9 miles come from.

Great hike with young children. View and rocks to climb at the top make it worth the effort!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views once you reach the top of the trail. Very moderate hike up. Reminds me of Rock City in Olean, NY.

I found no marking for the trail head. I was very disappointed!!!!!

terrible trail.
overgrown with a stream that smells of sulfer. no apparent wildlife.
should not be considered a park.

Beautiful area, but unfortunately the trail was poorly marked. it was very confusing

Could not find the start of the trail.

Gorgeous lake! For most of the trail you can't hear anything but nature!

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Not very marked trail. Not enough information included for hike. Beautiful falls. Not a very informative hiking post

Thursday, April 20, 2017

nice easy trail. it's not over grown. marked well enough to get from point "A" to point "B"

Good for biking, hiking, running, walking, dog friendly

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

Short trail, but nice quick hike

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

Just make sure you go to forest road 258H off of FR133, not 258E. 258H is about 1/4 mile down the road from E! That was my only gripe! Can't believe they'd name roads that way.

hiking
Monday, December 26, 2016

We hiked here on a warm day in late December. The trail was traversable but there were a few difficult icy spots. An adult could easily identify these areas but small children who are still grasping the how-tos of hiking may not. The scenery was quiet, quaint and beautiful. It would be an easier hike in seasons without snow or after a considerable warm period where the snow has time to melt more.

hiking
Monday, December 26, 2016

We came to hike right around Thanksgiving before the snow came. It's a very easy flat trail and is traversable with a jogging or all-terrain stroller. Perfect for budding hiking aficionados (toddlers/small children). The loop was well maintained and the markings were clear. The only negative was that the interpretive plaques/displays must be seasonal as the boards were all covered.

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