The park lies in a cozy, steep-walled gorge carved by Rauchtown Run through the side of Nippenose Mountain. A northern hardwood forest blankets the bottomland along this spring-fed stream. Talus (rock) covered slopes and interesting rock formations are interspersed among a stunted oak forest growing on the steep mountainsides and ridges. This pretty valley is especially beautiful when the mountain laurel blooms in late June and during the fall foliage of early October. The 215,000-acre Tiadaghton State Forest nearly surrounds Ravensburg State Parks 78 acres. The state forest has hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. A short drive away is Bald Eagle State Forest and the Mt. Logan and Rosecrans Bog natural areas.

Not really much to see with this trail. I think that the climb down is much more difficult than the climb up, due to how very slippery the rocks are. I imagine that the logging impact which the CCC guys whom built the trail were witness to was far worse than what I saw on the Bear Paw Loop part of the trail. I had to laugh at the “posted” signs, where the trail passes alongside some private property....dude built CAGES for his signs!! If he puts his posted signs in cages: IMAGINE what he would do to trespassers! LOL!

trail running
2 months ago

The rocks were slick after all the rain but it was great to get outside after all the rain. A good portion of Bear Paw Loop was flowing water but the dogs loved it! We didn’t mind either. Nice wide trail once you get to the top to accommodate humans and pups.

Definitely a climb at first. Pretty trail once you make it off the rocks.

Parked in the parking lot and climbed. I say climbed as opposed to walked because it was quite steep and very rocky. It didn't help that there was still a little snow remaining. Once I reached the top the walk was very pleasant, relatively level, and easily marked. However, fresh logging activity near the end of the loop made it impossible to determine where the trail actually was. I ended up turning around and retracing my steps. The climb down was no picnic either, but overall this was a nice hike.

hiking
8 months ago

I did this in winter, I would not recommend doing it while there is lots of snow like I did, unless you have good winter hiking experience. I loved the trail but it would be safer in the summer or after the snow had melted.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Awesome trail, with some beautiful views.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thousand Step trail requires some scrambling, overall not too difficult. once you reach the top it's smooth sailing until you get to the MST, which leads back down to the pavilions. steep ascent and steep descent but it's worth it. completed in an hour

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017