Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Forbes State 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
20 days ago

My original plan was to park at Lick Hollow Picnic area for a two day trip, out and back to the Quebec Run Wilderness Area. But when I found out that they don't allow overnight parking at Lick Hollow (and that it doesn't open until Memorial Day), I decided to start at Quebec Run and hike north instead of south. I learned, however, that there is no camping allowed at the Pine Knob overlook area, so I had to make do elsewhere. There is a small parking area on Pine Knob Road where the trail leaves the road to head toward Redstone Creek. Redstone Creek appears to be a reliable source of water year-round (always a good idea to treat water). There is a large clearing suitable for group camping (could easily hold a half dozen tents) a bit north of the power line cut near Long Run. The trail is very well blazed, but not well-worn. The toughest elevation change is the approach to Redstone Creek coming from the south.

Avoid! This trail should be removed from AllTrails. There is no through trail here. It sputters out after about a half mile.

Definitely the easiest state high peak I've completed, but a fun trail none the less. From the trailhead to the Mount Davis summit is only 0.9 miles and hardly any elevation gain, which makes it very accessible for any hiker. I ended up doing the entire loop which added a little bit more adventure to the hike. I wasn't expecting there to be snow and I was the only one who had done the hike since the snowfall so my trail running shoes were pretty wet by the end. The snow made it a little difficult to tell where the trail was at points but trees are well marked and the AllTrails app was very helpful. There are a couple creek crossings which were running pretty high and I had to find and throw a log down to cross one section, but that made it extra fun. Also saw three white tail deer cross the path about 30 yards ahead. Completed in 2h 14m.

Loved the lookout tower.

Didn’t see a register...did I miss it? If not, wishing they had one to sign.

the trail looked very organized and nice at first but 1/4 way through you get stuck. there are no marks and there is no trail!! it was really bad! you can get lost very easily!

Did the entire loop about a week ago. Most of the trail is well-marked and very easy to follow and an overall a very easy hike with very limited elevation gain. The observation tower on the summit was a great addition and you are able to see panoramic views all around. There is a huge picnic area right next to the parking lot and the trail starts at the opposite end of it. Took around 3 hours to complete. Four stars because it was a bit muddy and trail was very tight or hard to follow at some points. Overall, a great day hike for all skill levels.

I loved this trail! I would rate it as moderate rather than easy though. I parked at the beautiful picnic area and followed the High Point trail a short distance before taking a left onto Tub Mill, a right onto Timber Slide, right onto Shelter Rock Road, a left onto Shelter Rock Trail, then a right onto High Point which took me back to my car. If I remember correctly, the overlook tower is at the summit of Shelter Rock Trail. If you follow this loop, look for first yellow then red blazes that mark the trail as well as clearly posted trail signs. There were a couple areas where I wasn't sure which direction to turn, but if you use GPS or a screenshot of the map (which is what I did), you'll be fine. This trail goes downhill for the first half and uphill the second. It's also very rocky.

8/14/17 - Started at the Mt Davis picnic area on Mt Davis Rd and hit the High Point Trail for the 0.8 miles to the summit. Nice, easy hike. The top has some plaques of information, but is very understated - no fancy buildings or anything (i.e. very nice), and the USGS plate is on the peak of a boulder. The observation tower provided great views. We then had to find the next trail for our route - Shelter Rock Trl, which ended up being half way around the summit road loop, near the trail to parking. This was a nice woodsy trail - lots of moss, which made me think it's not heavily travelled. To the bottom of this 1 mile trail, then turned right on Shelter Rock Road, which was a nice grassy horse trail. Not far down then to the left was Timber Slide Trl, which intensified and narrowed from the Shelter Rock Trl. This was mostly a long downhill with decent rocks and down to Tub Mill Trail. Turned left and this was our favorite part of the hike, much of it ascending along a rushing stream. The trail continued to "close in" and the farther we got, the less maintained it seemed, but was still easy to follow. Across an unattractive area where the mountain had been cut of most trees, then through the woods again but got to a T. To the right was a gravel mountain road (not a car-road) after a few feet and to the left was a continuation of the trail, marked with red blazes. I was a bit confused about which way to go, as if it was Shelter Rock Rd, I would have bugged out there since it was later than we had planned. But, my wife said she thought we should follow the red blazes since they had marked the rest of the trail and there was no trail sign, so we did. Phew - after another bit, we were at Shelter Rock Rd where the trail crossed and continued (which I knew it did from a 2004 map I got online from a Pittsburgh Post Gazette site, but did not at the previous road where we almost got lost). Since we needed expedience, we turned right on the road to a left on Mt Davis Rd. Turned out that we probably would have saved time staying on the trail, as it must have cut across a curve in the road. Anyway, our 5.6 or so mile (with various diversions) hike took nearly 3 hours.

I would recommend the reverse (clockwise) of what we did, but due to potential rain in the afternoon, we "did it backwards". It's kind of anti-climatic doing the majority of the hike after summiting, but if you like hiking, this is a very nice route, especially for a half-day hike. The trails were very well marked, much to my surprise as not many people online had mentioned that. So, the reverse would be High Point -> not far to a left on Tub Mill (cross Shelter Rock Rd) -> Right on Timber Slide -> Right on Shelter Rock Rd -> left on Shelter Rock Trl -> to the summit. From the end of Shelter Rock, you can pick up High Point Trl to the right, though you'll also want to take your pic at the summit, first!

Trail seems a little stronger than easy. Many lengthy rock gardens. Natural springs are cool. Need to search a little. Trails are well maintained. Good walking stick for the hill and some big spray in the summer wouldn't hurt.

backpacking
9 months ago

This trail was on my to-do list for awhile. It is great some beautiful deep woods scenery and a few hidden waterfalls! I started at the trailhead in Quebec then hiked to pine knob trail and down to lick hollow parking area! The trail is marked very well. The only gripe I have is the trail does have a section that goes through some pretty thick ferns for a mile or two. Also if you are coming the way I did you do walk for about a mile on a back dirt road. Not a big deal but it could be rerouted to be completely in the woods!

My sister and I just hiking this today (July 16 2017) and it's completely overgrown in one area. also there are tons of places to turn and take different trails so I would advise taking a map or following the GPS map as you go (as what we did). my sister used the app "map my run" and she says it's closer to 7 miles. other than that there's a lot of cool little waterfalls! We also came across a rattlesnake so beware!

we got to the second fork in the road and wasn't sure if we should go left of right. any info would be nice.

There is a beautiful cold spring, cannot be swam in unless you want to freeze. It is called Big Spring. You park at the access road, near the mine, and go that way. Also down the road there is a large lookout tower. Beautiful views one of the best trails I have been on. Lots of wildlife, turkeys, squirrels, but WATCH FOR RATTLESNAKES!

10 months ago

started at Quebec road, went South a ways on Hess Trail which was difficult because of narrow path (all downhill) but then back tracked and got a good workout back to starting point. walked Quebec Rd to Rankin Trail. highly recommend spending time on Rankin and exploring close to the run...found quite a few waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Came back Hess trail to start at Quebec Road. took about 3 1/2 hrs, 6ish miles, with lots of stops. good workout, not an 'easy' hike (except for Quebec Road) and my dog loved it!

Best way to summit this peak is to start at the Boy Scout picnic area. This hike will take you down and around a beautiful creek. Then you will make your way up shelter rock trail where you can do some bouldering and finally to the summit and observation tower. This trail was surprisingly beautiful and well worth the hike!

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Enjoyable place for a quick weekend hike or overnight camping trip.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

Very gentle trail between tower at PA highpoint and picnic area. Perfect for breaking in after winter inactivity

Did the 5.5 mile loop with my two sons that are 11 and 9. Took about 3.5 hours but there was a lot of playing on rocks. Kids were proud to bag a High Point. Terrain is fairly varied with rocky trails, a couple of vistas, nice stream, small spring, and the summit experience. Definitely enough to keep kids interested. Used the GPS map on this app and it is dead on. You can't get lost if you use it and pay a just a little attention. Trails are High Point, left on Tub Mill, right on Timber Slide, right on Shelter Rock Road, left on Shelter Rock Trail to the summit, then High Point back to the car.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Nice hike with enough elevation gains and losses to make it interesting but not too difficult. The most confusing section of the trail is when it leads out onto the top of seven springs resort. Depending on the way you are heading you will either want to look for the horse stables at the top of the parking lot or if coming from the stable area hike to the top of the resorts main lift and you will see a pond near the Foggy Goggle lodge. Follow this pond around and it will have a few signs on the other side near the condos. Planning on doing the entire LHHT sometime next year.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great day hike!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Today I walked the Southern three miles of WhiteTail Trail from the Quebec Run Wild Area parking to Laurel Caverns (not that there is a good connector to Laurel Caverns). Trail markings of blazed red on trees are in good condition. Long

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I initially had difficulty finding the trail as the gps dropped me off in an obscure location by a garage. In speaking to one of the servicemen, there was another location climbing the hill on 40 East (Licking Hollow Picnic Area). The gate was closed but I checked with authorities, and it's ok to park there as long as the gate isn't blocked. The trail head is located about a quarter mile down into the park just to the left of the vacant rangers quarters. Keep your eyes open and be sure to hang a sharp right onto Pine Knob trail. I'm glad I had my all trails app. I hiked about four miles in. There's not a lot for views in this stretch, but it takes first place for seclusion ... peace and quiet.

hiking
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Popular with hunters this time of year but the frail was in good shape. Lots of inclines making it challenging and a good workout. Directions were spot on.

hiking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Better view than expected from the lookout! Though "there's not much to see", it is beautiful being perched just above the treetops and seeing where the treeline meets the sky. --Nice leisurely little hike too... however the hike mapped out as shown I would estimate to be closer to 5.5 miles.

hiking
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Made a loop by following the ramble run trail to the painter rock trail. Ramble run was very scenic crossing the stream more times than I can count, would recommend boots for this trail. Painted rock trail was mostly overgrown and very steep uphill for the first half.

Monday, May 25, 2015

For such little use trail is maintained well. Would be a descent single track

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I ran into a kid getting high

I fell 8 times

My wife and myself hiked the Shelter Rock Trail and found it to be a very enjoyable walk. There is an interesting, though overgrown, grouping of large rocks to explore along the trail. An abundance of mountain laurel should make this area even more interesting in early June. The trail was well marked and easy to follow, but very rocky. Wear proper footwear. We made a loop by taking Shelter Rock Trail from near yhe observation tower to Shelter Rock Road to Tub Mill Trail to High Point Trail back to the observation tower.We will be back to explore the area more as we enjoyed our time here.

Just got back from my hike. Nice short trails around the area of the Mt. Davis natural area. I enjoyed the observation tower. Beautiful views. There is a really cool formation of rocks in the shelter rock trail. If you spend the morning at Mt. Davis there is plenty of file to visit Laurel Hill state park or Kooser State park.

I bring my dog hiking with me a lot and this trail is VERY rocky. You really have to watch where you are stepping. If your dog pulls like my husky does when he's excited this might not be the best trail.

Enjoy!

hiking
10 hours ago

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