Looking for a great trail in Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 59 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 30 easy trails in Rothrock State Forest ranging from 1.3 to 7 miles and from 908 to 2,378 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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on Brush Ridge Trail

5 days ago

They've clear cut a good move in the beginning and the end about half a mile in. I'd walk the road to avoid that.

I would recommend this trail for those who wants a combination of moderate to hard hiking. There are serval parts of the trail that are very rocky so it’s better if you have some trail run shoes instead of boots.

11 days ago

12 days ago

Pleasant easy trail. Although we did loose the path near the dam, due to snow cover. Luckily the lake was frozen and we just took a shirt cut right across the lake

Now that I work 8 hour days I made time to check this out. Very nice hike for sure I recommend

Easy little trail, my 7 year old picked

Ju run branch/packers fork creek loop

1 month ago

Nice loop trail, a bit muddy in places, but not bad (it is March, after all). Barefoot stream crossing on the first rock hop (at dam crest) going counterclockwise from north side parking, second (at dam base) was entirely above water.

Initial ascent was tougher due to snow and ice but still a good climb. After that it was mostly flat. Wore spikes going up but didn’t need them afterwards.

1 month ago

nice loop, beautiful trail. although the frozen lake was brilliant, its best not to hike this trail when the ground is icy ... like today.

private property
2 months ago

Great easy hike! Beautiful views. Although I was unable to cross the stream because the rocks were too icy. Tried to walk around but it turned into private property. Ended up having to walk across the lake on the ice.

2 months ago

Great ridge line trail. Nice views in the winter, and lots of blueberries in the summer. I don’t recommend attempting to go up from or down to shingle path. Even in winter, ticks were really bad. The shingle path sign on top of Tussey has been removed due to erosion.

3 months ago

Cool hike depending on what trails you choose! Check out my recording.

Very beautiful views. Pretty easy hike even though it was snow covered. Had to watch some of the rocks, but not hard at all.

Relatively easy even in the snow. Amazing view!

6 months ago

Enjoyed our hike, didn’t make it to the top this time. We got a little spooked when we came across a rattlesnake. We’ll be back soon though!

6 months ago

Pretty difficult trail. No parking and serious thorn overgrowth. It was so bad we had to let the dogs off leash to get through it. You probably won't see anyone else on this trail. It's completely secluded which I enjoyed. Beautiful mature forest on a back road but I still had cell phone service.

Great trail, but definitely not easy. Parts are very steep. View is one of the best I’ve seen in PA. I can’t wait to go back in October to see colored leaves. Teenage daughter not so appreciative- she put it on her “I will never do this again so don’t you dare ask” list. Happy to not see snakes; lots of mud instead!

Not the most clearly marked trail.

7 months ago

really pretty in the afternoon sun, lots of variety and very peaceful. kind of short but good for a day hike

Beautful hike, but yes be careful, We had a close encounter with a pretty big rattlesnake.

Rewarding hike for the death climb at the beginning. Trail gets a little overgrown in the medow but still fun.

beastly climb to top of ridge but worth it. BE CAREFUL OF COPPER HEADS! We came across one sunning itself in the middle of the ridge trail.

good trail. just too easy for me~

first of all this trail is not easy. second it is blazed with orange then yellow to go throne room outlook. it starts out on a driveable road until you reach the sign with an American flag which tells you that throne room is 1 km up the path and butler is 3.2 km. we did not get to go to butler due to time and trying to find this trail but the views off throne were rewarding. we frequently hike and it was quite difficult at times with the rocks. my fiance's dad 64 yrs was able to do it though.

8 months ago

Nice diversity for a short hike - lake, forest and crossing streams (stepping across rocks). Suggest you go clockwise around the lake. That way you hit the stream crossings early and can judge your ability to cross. Very well marked and as others have mentioned, the loop is actually 2.7 miles. The only downsides are a very short part of the trail is on a street and it crosses a metal grate bridge. Occasionally heard some noises from cars and chainsaws which, of course, takes away from that wilderness vibe. All in all, an excellent hike and certainly suitable for novices.

9 months ago

I love this trail! The All Trails app needs to update info because it's more like 2 1/2 miles. You have to cross the water at a few points. They have large rocks for this. My dogs and I just walked through the streams but I've heard when the water is high the rocks get a bit slick. It's a nice shady path for most of the hike, so it's great on sunny,hot days. Alot of places to stop and get in the lake or the stream crossings. The only big negative is that you have to connect with the actual road (albeit briefly) and walk across a metal bridge. My pups were not thrilled and you would probably have to carry a smaller dog across. A few inclines but nothing major. Overall, I'll defenitly be using this trail again.

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