Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

backpacking
12 days ago

First time backpacking is perfect for this trail. very easy going and plenty of wonderful camp sites.

Was a really nice trail but it seemed as though one of trail markers was numbered wrong which caused me to back track for 2 miles. other than that, it was very easy going and super relaxing. would recommend for beginners or anyone looking for a relaxing weekend. keep an eye out for streams as I wasn't able to fill my water up until I made it to the camp sites.

backpacking
26 days ago

Great trail. Very beautiful. Camped out on the reservoir. There was plenty of down trees for firewood and there are bathrooms. Camping by the lake was super peaceful and then at night we could see the milky way galaxy band. Great for beginner backpackers or a great way to test gear.

hiking
1 month ago

While this trail states 6.5 miles don’t let it fool you. There are ways—and I found them—to tag on at least an additional mile (accidentally perhaps). This is a great hike with many challenges. Plenty ascensions to keep one alert; a couple water crossings (is this where I went off trail?); and you might even come across some friendly hikers as I most certainly did over my 3 + hour hike. I will mark this one on the calendar: must do again!

Very nice forest and I had a very enjoyable day hike! My hike along Tracy Ridge was very nice and well marked with white diamond trail markers. Scenic Trail was beautifully marked with freshly painted blue blaze and had some wonderful views through the trees to see the Allegheny Reservoir. But my hike on Johnny Cake trail was very brutal!!! Many of the trail markers were missing and had to depend on following the herd path from other hikers and pink ribbons placed by a trail angel. Lots of down trees to climb over or go around, and mini streams to forge from run off water from the top of the mountain which is expected this time of year. The only downfall going this trail head, was that there is a gate at the road which was closed and locked. So I had to park my car there at the gate instead of the parking lot at the trail head, because it also serves as a camp grounds, which is closed this time of year. So there is additional 1/2 mile hike from gate to trail head that I was not expecting, and did not have calculated during my planning stages of my hike.

Love the area. It may not have vistas and not overly difficult but the area is great to hike in. Plenty of trails to do 10 miles to 40 in a weekend. Very nice camping spots along most of the trails as well and established camp grounds, with privys, if you're not interested in backcountry camping.

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.

backpacking
5 months ago

Good trail. Some parts are poorly marked. Great for a day hike or an easy over night.

hiking
6 months ago

So we decided to try the second half of the trail - South Slater up to 337. The first portion was ok / the trail is not blazed, but there is a path, until 1 mile in. Then the trail becomes a sea of overgrown mountain laurel. It took hours to go 3/4 mile. At one point we planned to set up camp (we were equipped only for a day hike) and spend the night. We did eventually set a heading for a Tanbark Trail waypoint (hiked previously) and were able to bushwhack tediously to that point. This is NOT a hike-able trail. For those who feel we may have gotten off track, I was following 2 different GPS apps, and at one point we left Slater Run and headed up to the top of the ridge to see if the understory was less dense and if anything that resembled a trail existed.

backpacking
6 months ago

love this trail, easy to moderate, with some hill climbs. wonderful views, rock castles, etc. plenty of water near by

Pretty forest trail. The trail is well marked with maps posted in some locations. It was/had been raining when I went, so not surprising that it was muddy, though all of the streams had overflowed their banks. There are a number of places where the trail crosses the streams. The run off streams were still easily passable, but where it criss-crossed the larger stream several times the overflow made it a challenge. The trail itself was also a run off stream for long stretches, so between the crossings and the trail be prepared to get wet if it's been raining.

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!

backpacking
7 months ago

Loved this trail. $10 for a camping permit payable down the road. I went solo for one night and did the whole loop and camped at the lake. Such a beautiful lake view. Heard coyotes singing in the middle of the night, saw a porcupine and a big buck came snorting through camp around 5am. I did get a tick so if you don’t wear Deet make sure you give yourself a solid tick check. Lots of streams to catch water at along the loop. Plenty of campsites on the loop if you didn’t get a permit for one of the sweet lake spots that include metal fire ring and picnic table. Apparently they usually have running water at the lake, but a note stated it didn’t pass the last rounds of testing so is off limits for now. If you go here be sure to check out the Rockrim Overlook just west of the trail via a short car ride. Also you won’t catch a signal back here so say your love yous and goodbye before you hit the drive in from route 6!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail little loose footing beautiful falls and boulders

hiking
7 months ago

The AllTrails app put us right to the parking lot, the trail starts across the road (the feet painted on the road makes it quite easy to find). When the trail splits, I recommend taking the trail to the right to get a better direction for all the trail options. The scenery was perfect for a great autumn hike. As mentioned below, the blazes are not clearly marked and you can get turned around quickly, especially when you are exploring in and around all the boulders.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. Can be difficult at times. Watch for bears.

There are a few spots where downed trees have forced re-routes, but if you look for them, you will find the silver diamond blazes.

hiking
7 months ago

We did the Rimrock trail loop. Very pleasant forest hike. No views over the water (you can kind of see it through the trees), but the forest is beautiful with a variety of vegetation. Some of the signage is problematic-- there are a number of unmarked spurs and crossings. There are some signs at trail intersections but not all of the options are marked. The map for the Morrison trail in the app shows a cut across that is now closed (we had to double back to try to find it).

Though I had some difficulty personally, I recommend this trail for several reasons. Campsite was great. Trail was in decent shape, but with many fallen tree obstacles- no big deal. As always, be in shape, drink water, be smart. Enjoy this loop. Definitely easier climb up Johnnycake.

Just did an overnight backpacking trip here with my wife and another couple. Absolute blast! Campsites are very nice and the trails are fun. The geology is awesome and the overlook is beautiful.

This was one of my favorite hikes in this area. Along the trail you'll cross creeks and hike through open areas in the woods and see stunning overlooks. We drove down from Warren area where we camped and wasn't sure if it would be worth the 40 min drive but it really was! Would do it again and recommend it.

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyable trail. There are a couple of places where the blazes aren't completely clear-- we were able to stay on track, but encountered two different groups that had lost the trail and were looping back in. It was fairly busy the day we went, with lots of day hikers and backpackers. Parts were quite muddy and slippery.

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.

Super awesome hike. Love how quiet it is around that area. All the trails are well marked. Walked all the way down to the closest scenic vista. Wasn't as scenic as a expected, but the overall hike was definitely worth it. I will be 100% return to check out the other trails.

backpacking
8 months ago

3 of us did this trail in July 2017. Lots of great free campsites with clean water sources along the eastern route. The lake sites require a cash only fee under $10 but are very well maintained. This was the trip of snakes for sure. They are all over the lake campsite and I stepped on a few while hiking the trail.

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.

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