Looking for a great trail in Forbes State Forest, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Forbes State Forest ranging from 1.5 to 10 miles and from 2,696 to 2,903 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

hiking

forest

dogs on leash

hiking
rocky
snow
7 days ago

We only saw 2 mountain bikers over this hike. No other people! Creek crossings are a little precarious, but a walking stick will help. Snow made everything beautiful. Dog had a great time running through the creek.

hiking
rocky
snow
28 days ago

Easy? Really? That was not easy. It was gorgeous and a great workout. I even cut off some of it because it was gonna be late by the time I got back to my car

Great trail, been hiking it since before there was a Tebolt Trail. I'm not sure where they came up with 12.8 miles, though, I hiked the entire trail as mapped out, and even added a side hike to the old grist mill, and the distance came out to 11.5 miles, took about 4-1/2 hours hiking time (5:15 with breaks). Trails were in good condition, as were the bridges. Good number of people hiking, and a few camping out overnight.

Well maintained and mostly flat. There is one view at a spot 4.7 miles in from seven springs. Dogs do not need to be leashed.

I’m very glad I did this loop and was very impressed with how well the trail was marked throughout. I would recommend a heavy duty shoe or boot, especially on The Tebolt portion of the trail as it is rocky. As per my Garmin I clocked the entire hike at 10.39 miles with 1919 ft of elevation and 1984 ft of descent making for a great workout. There is no portion of this trail with a great overlooking view but throughout the trail you have stream crossings and other interesting terrain features to look at if you enjoy the oddities in the forest. I have been out here twice in the last week and between both days (including Labor Day), I only saw 5 people in total. As a final note, if you are looking to enjoy a hike, begin the loop at the trail head of Hess and Miller (the parking lot the directions lead you too) and start by going down Miller. If you are looking for a workout begin with Hess. If you begin with Hess and end on Miller your final mile will be a steep uphill climb almost the entire way and is an awesome leg burner.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

I saw the trailer for beginners and intermediate. All of the other reviews are accurate, there is great marking of the trails both with paint on trees and signs at the intersections. Quite A lot of gnats and spiderwebs along the trail, but nothing too annoying. I would guess this trail is rated hard only because it is long but there are no technical points to it nor are there any dangerous points. A nice pleasant hike with trail maps at the south parking trail head. This review was from August 21, 2019

backpacking
off trail
private property
rocky
4 months ago

I started at the lick run picnic area and hiked out to the pine knob overlook which is a must see and continued on the white tail heading southish. The trail was narrow, rocky and fun. With that deep mountain feel with all the ferns. About 3 miles in you start to see the logging which normally is depressing but used to it. In this case the geniuses over at coastal energy decided to mark the no cut trees red which is also the trail markers color. Trail is nonexistent I look to be the first one to come through in months but if u follow the Mark's that are vertical while avoiding the slash looking ones it will lead you to an old logging road. I couldn't pick up the trail after that so I made a left on the logging road. Following it down to its end brings you out on skyline drive. Make a right and walk down the road about .3 miles until you come to a parking lot with the trail running right behind it. I rejoined the trail there making a left i finished the last 5 miles or so without any issues.

backpacking
4 months ago

Had a mostly fun time hiking this loop! Did this with my wife last weekend and decided to use this as our first backpacking, overnight trip. Decided to start out going West on the Laurel Highlands trail to the Quarry Trail, which is where we had the LEAST amount of fun. The Quarry Trail was very overrun with sharp grasses, and we only had shorts as the temperature was hot. Definitely recommend long pants. Continued North and instead of going onward, we decided to do the Grove Run Trail as well which was seriously beautiful and worth the extra mileage. Continued a few miles on the Summit Loop and decided to make camp. Completed the last four or so miles the next morning.

My husband and I hiked this trail on August 9th spending 2 nights. We starting out on Miller Trail and hiked to Miller Run Trail. (Beautiful Section) We hiked in about 3 miles or so and found a really nice camp spot along the creek. It got cool that night. Lots of owls. On Saturday we continued on Miller run trail to Tebolt Trail which is a long steady climb. (also very pretty). We then took Hess Trail and hiked a total of about 7.5 miles and found another great campsite. Another beautiful cool night. The next day we hiked out about 2 miles. The GPS showed about 12.3 miles total. All and all this is a hike you have to do. The trails are well marked and the terrain varies on each trail from tall forest trees to loads of Mountain Laurel. We plan on doing it again in the fall starting out on Hess Trail.

This was a very nice day hike on a sunny 80F August Sunday. We walked the trail clockwise so that the return to the parking lot is on the more gradual incline and it was not difficult at all. Not many people were out as we crossed paths with just a couple of hikers in 6 hours of hiking. The trail was very well maintained and the forest varied from section to section to keep it interesting. Blazes and intersections were well marked. Steam crossings were all made with dry feet (no rain in a few days) and almost no mud. Only walked over a handful of small blow downs. All in all, the trail is in excellent shape and there were lots of very nice campsites that looked inviting for a future backpacking visit.

hiking
blowdown
4 months ago

My husband and I had a great hike by starting at the South Gate parking lot and working our way up the East side then shortening the loop by taking Rankin. This is a great trail for dogs on the eastern side especially because of all the water. There was a blowdown by the Rankin/Hess intersection, so be sure not to miss it when you walk around it. All the reviews about Hess are spot-on, but it’s a truly wonderful hiking area. Pristine, we’ll-maintained, and good people on it.

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

Nice trail. Very well maintained. Trail maps provided at the parking area. Nice camp areas on the creek side. Everything was great on our hike on June 22, 2019 until a giant rattlesnake made his way into our lunch area. Then it got a little scary after that.

Did this trail with my girlfriend who isn’t too experienced but she made it the whole 12ish miles. Last mile, if ending with miller, was all uphill and a killer but a great hike with great stream views. Only saw 1 other person but was surprised at how well maintained trail is. Definitely bring lots of water, a map, and some food to keep energy up!

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

We strategically planned our trip so that it was (mostly) all downhill. It meant we needed a friend to shuttle us back to the trailhead, but it was worth the coordination. The trail was very pretty, especially on day 2 when we hiked along the stream and crossed back and forth across all the bridges. We saw 2 orange lizards and a nest of beautiful robin’s eggs.

Awesome hike. Well marked trail and easy to follow. Recorded around 11 miles when I hiked it.

hiking
7 months ago

There was a half finished logging expedition that took out all the trail blazes 15 min into my hike, so I had to turn around

3rd time I’ve done this loop. Started at the Miller trail and did the whole shebang. Every time I’ve done this trail it has recorded as 13.5 - 14 miles so I feel the 10.5 is low. Different people have been with me and recorded similar distances... Great loop. Varied terrain keeps it interesting. There are some climbs, but if you reasonably fit they are very doable. Today’s hike took us 5 hours and 50 minutes with probably 15 minutes of stops along the way! Highly recommend!

Amazing place with very few people. Very scenic. Will be back several times this year. Well maintained. Didn't have to contort myself to get through anything, which I'm not used to. Did the Quebec outer loop starting at Hess. 10+ miles.

Just down and back for a bit of exercise.

cross country skiing
snow
10 months ago

Not sure why I couldn't check in when I was clearly at Quebec Run Wild Area. Anyway. Good day to get in some training with my dog. 31 degrees, snow flurries, and cloudy. The trail was wet and a little rocky. Started at the Tebout Trail and hiked 8 miles.

Good hike. The pull up out of there definitely tests your legs. Camp sites along the river are gorgeous...I will have to come back. Be a fun weekender.

Love the trails. Easy to follow with the signs. Camped out with a nice view of the river. Definitely recommend

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