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R.B. Winter State Park covers 695 acres of the Ridge and Valley Province in central Pennsylvania. Located within Bald Eagle State Forest, the park lies in a shallow basin surrounded by rocky ridges covered with an oak and pine forest. The focal point of the park is Halfway Lake which is filled by spring-fed mountain streams and contained by a hand-laid, native sandstone dam. Open year-round, the park provides diverse opportunities for recreation.

This trail had a nice combo of easy hiking with some technical areas that consisted of boulders. I didn’t know what to expect but this was a very beautiful hike! I can’t wait to see it in bloom.

Super easy trail... no real inclines. Made for a bit of a boring hike with having no real elevation changes.

Nice hiking loop... did it in the snow which was a bit challenging, but definitely worth it!

This is a beautiful nature trail. The creek follows around it. You can get lots of pictures of the creek plus the state flower surrounds the creek .

3 months ago

A beautiful gentle walk amongst the trees in a mossy forest with a small Creek.

4 months ago

This is a rather difficult trail at times but is worth the trek. I'd recommend this for a day on the trail to any avid hiker.

This is an easy trail for the entire family. It's a very pristine and relaxing getaway from the every day hussle and bussle. Bring the kids to the beach and hike the trail after your done swimming and picnicking.

This is one of my favorite spots to hike, swim, fish, or camp. Being a local I've grown up in the woods and mountains around the park. Almost all trails in R.B. Winter are family friendly and all are well maintained.

This is a nice, easy, family trail. Nothing too spectacular. I loved the clever poetry that is written on the rail at the overlook!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Well marked, nice family hike. View at Overlook is nice, bet its spectacular in fall and winter.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great place to go hiking! Many miles of trails.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This trail is part of many other trails in the RB winter state park. Very nice place to go for families and avid hikers. Take your bathing suit and have a dip in half way damn when you are done.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Good variety of scenery. The bottom loop around rapid run would be great for trail running -- will do that soon!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

As I approached the SP a road was closed so I dropped into the office to double check with parking, alternate road and this trail... also picked up a map. Three people in the office had no clue of this loop trail... just something that was made up and entered here because there's tons of trails in the area.
Luckily I spoke with a trail runner in the parking lot that gave me a few tips and alternate suggestions in case I wanted to change this up.

My loop started with Overlook Trail to the pipeline and headed east on Old Tram Trail. Old Tram Trail is grown in and not traveled much with a high volume of ticks. I then headed south on the Mid State Trail which then ran into Bake Oven and back to the parking lot. Total was 7.5 miles.

The trails are blazed pretty good but there's so many of them clustered together with junctions that you must be able to read a map/compass very well and have you compass readily available. Some trails you run into are not on the maps.
Overall, there's a lot of great views there. If you're unfamiliar with the area, you may want to create a smaller loop or try the out and back trails first.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Forgot to record my track, but it was a very pleasant 3-4mi hike. I started out on Rapid Run Nature Trail (easy), then connected to Boiling Spring Trail (easy with one uphill climb), then connected to Overlook Trail (easy gong this direction). It made for a nice loop. Now if you start out, from the parking area, up Overlook Trail you WILL get a moderate uphill climb. After enjoying your hike you could always relax with some fishing by the dam or cool off at the beautiful large beach.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Really nice trail to hike even with snow on the ground! Really enjoyed it and so did our dog!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

absolutely amazing. the scenery is beautiful.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I came out to hike with a few friends, and I'm so glad we picked this location! We hiked two of the trails, the Boiling Springs and the Nature Trail, and loved both of them. The Boiling Springs trail was great for hiking over hills and rocks and was rougher than the Nature Trail (although still doable for someone mildly out of shape like myself). The Nature Trail was easier and absolutely gorgeous! We could have gotten through the Nature Trail in under an hour, but we had to keep stopping and going off the trail to admire the scenery and take some pictures. I cannot even describe how peaceful and beautiful it was. Definitely worth an afternoon, and we will be back!!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Tromped around that region some years ago. The Pennsylvania 'Ridge and Valley' land-form is worth the trip. And if one is in that region, a side-trip to Woolrich, Pennsylvania is well worth the drive. Yes, as in THAT Woolrich. Also, nearby White Deer Creek is what a designed and constructed trout stream would look like. Only Nature did it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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