Explore the most popular birding trails in Rothrock 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.

19 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

on Colyer Lake Loop

hiking
3 months ago

Nice diversity for a short hike - lake, forest and crossing streams (stepping across rocks). 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.

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

This is most certainly a difficult trail. Turning off the rocky midstate trail to descend and get water i was looking forward to an easy stretch down off the mountain. Turns out it is more challenging than a particularly rocky stretch of the midstate.

on Jackson Trail

3 months ago

Easy trail but very, very rocky. Don't do this trail if you don't enjoy hiking on rocks. Did run into a rattler as well. Did not see any other hikers and the trail is well maintained.

Looking forward to using this app. More later.

4 months ago

Great trail, but be on the look out for rattlesnakes in the boulder fields. I ran into two, so I was a bit too paranoid to really enjoy myself.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little meadow midway. A short part of the path is also a stream! Saw nobody else.

hiking
6 months ago

Very rocky! Great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike, trail markers change from blue to yellow. We decided to make a loop with the Mid State Trail and that made for a much more challenging hike! Best hike I’ve done in PA so far!

hiking
7 months ago

Trail should be rated moderate. Generally flat. If you like climbing amongst the rocks this trail has them. Returned on the MST back to Pine Grove.

Great elevation gain. have to really pay attention to white blazes.

Did this a few summers ago. Great views, and great bears crossing the trail.

Clearly marked red blazed trail. Easy walk , until you come to where the trail takes you up the mountain to the Vistas. Sign says it's a 1 km hike up, I didn't track it, but, although not a long distance, it was a work out. It is a steep and fairly rocky climb to the top. Definitely wear proper footwear. Once to the top, you will be rewarded by beautiful views and it's WELL worth the climb. Wish, we would have had more time to continue along the trail past the throne room! However, I wouldn't rate the climb to the Vista as easy, but rather moderate- hard.

hiking
10 months ago

The lower trail is beautiful moss with stream splitting and spilling over rocks; mid-trail the stream disappears entirely under the large rocks, but can be heard rushing underneath. Note that the trail is somewhat poorly defined at both the bottom (car access) and numerous points in between, but it is fun to navigate the rocks and stream anyway. As it flattens out in half way up, there is a clearing to the left which used to be a cabin ... the trail up to the mid-state trail is well marked with yellow hashes from here on up.

This trail is a great! Very good for beginners and those that need a quick loop to enjoy some of the best scenery around. The loop offers biking, fishing access points, and great memories. Family friendly.

walking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Just walked this trail with hubby and dog, really enjoyed it. My app says 2.6 miles so longer that listed. I would also call it moderate, as the path is pretty undulating along the one side. I’d also like to mention that you have to walk across a metal bridge on a road which if you have a dog may unnerve them a little especially if that have smaller feet.

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

You might breath very minty air near and around the strip for electrical power lines and tower.

Nice trail. The beginning was a tough incline but it mellowed out. Good hike for a Sunday afternoon.

No blazes ... relatively easy to follow trail ... cool little loop that takes you along some rock scrambles on the spine of the ridge ...

hiking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This trail is extremely over grown. There is no trail, it's all bush whacking. There is no trail, just trees and mud. Do NOT come here for a casual hike, you'll need to invest some good day light

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Very nice hike with great uphill stretch to start, nice segment of mountain ridge trail and then a gradual descent trail to save your knees and close the loop. Did the whole loop on a nice Sunday afternoon and didn't see a single other hiker.

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

The steps at the beginning provide great cardio. There are a few spots for good views of you peek out between the dense foliage. Perfect distance for me for an after work hike.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I hiked this trail out to where it hit the mid state trail, hiked it back on the mid state trail , beautiful views!

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Very difficult at the start of the hike basically go straight up the steps. Levels off at the very top and is a fairly easy hike from there. The views are worth braving the steps

on Jackson Trail

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Extremely rocky trail but really nice views on both sides of the trail. Pretty flat and easy.

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