The 1,025-acre Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area is one of the newest Pennsylvania state parks. The park straddles Blue Mountain and is the habitat of large trees of numerous species, which are homes for deep forests birds, especially warblers. In the summer and fall, the old field is filled with blooming wildflowers like butterfly weed. In late-July and early-August, the flowers attract field birds and many varieties of butterflies.

hiking
17 days ago

It’s a short loop. Crowded on nice days but nice and scenic

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

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22 days ago

Clean trail, lots of scenic overlooks with pretty little waterfalls.

Not a bad trail system. Only real views are along the power line part. But since this area is designed for x-country skiing you have wide, well marked trails.

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3 months ago

Went out yesterday about about 930 am and no one was there. Good trails. Don't miss the turn at the top of the trail though. The down hill was pretty technical but definitely do-able. Beware of the hunting/hunters

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3 months ago

rocky but fairly flat on the combined pink and light blue trail blaze. It was midday, lots of poison ivy so keep to trail unless covered well for bush whacking lol. I heard the rush of water from creek along my left side just a few bird calls not many sounds. Damp terrain some slippery rocks, iavoided any hilly areas,used walking stick for support. Good place for some reflective walking. Did see about a handful of people along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

We did a short part of trail. Was beautiful even though we got a little lost and it rained! Wear sturdy shoes and note that areas can be wet.

hiking
5 months ago

my dog and I Iove this trail. not busy and gets the heart rate going! so pretty in the fall!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! At one point a black bear crossed the path in front of us. That is the second time in a row we saw a bear at Boyd Big Tree.. not sure if that’s the norm, or if we’re just lucky :)

hiking
7 months ago

Not entirely sure why this is named "Darlington Trail" since the actually Darlington is on the west shore. Anyway, we do a similar route to this once a month, to monitor changes in vegetation, water, etc. Great trail and I love the overlook it provides. I will probably be uploading my route next time.

hiking
9 months ago

I loved the manicured wide trails and the peace and quiet of this place. It is quiet and there were only sounds from neighboring properties where people were shooting around. Strange. The park is beautiful and the trails are partly very challenging. It was a cold grey day when I was there and worked up a good sweat. The inclines are very good! It also has a lot of connections from one trail to another if you want to lengthen or shorten your hike. I saw ONE other person while there and that made my day!! The only not nice part is the high tension wires along a part of the trails. They detract a lot from the natural beauty of the place. Otherwise very worthwhile!!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice little hike. Will be going back in the summer when everything is alive and green.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

"Easy" probably a better description. No steep climbs, no bouldering. Most trails are wide, soft, well-maintained, and well-shaded.

Highly recommend picking up a printed map at the trailhead, and noting which blazes to follow on which sections of the hike, the trail network is complex.

The section beyond Blue Mt. Parkway is unmarked, overgrown, and skirts private property. Highly recommend long pants for this area, as it is highly overgrown.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Very pretty trail! About 0.4 miles in and you reach the creek. Parts of the trail are wet. Kind of like hiking through an extremely shallow stream. This is even better than hiking along the creek. Our dog could get short drinks along the way.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

A nice moderately challenging trail. Probably the second most difficult trail in the conservation area next to the janie trail.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

First time here- great hike. Multiple "named" trails- very well marked- paths well maintained and clear. Lots of trail options depending on the distance and difficulty you're looking for. Main parking lot had restrooms and water fountains. Will definitely return.

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Nice hike. I have been on every trail at Boyd and this one is as good as most of them. I prefer going off trail but this trail is a good one.

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