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.

hiking
11 days ago

Very rocky! Great views.

hiking
25 days 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
1 month 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.

The road to this trailhead was very poor. I tried to get it up two separate occasions. The first time I had to turn around because of snow and the second time I had to pull over in a field and walk the rest of the way because of mud. When I finally reached the trail it looked like most of the trees had been cut down and the few that were still standing were marked. There were lots of private property signs everywhere so we just turned around and went back. Not sure what was going on.

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
4 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
6 months ago

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.

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
7 months ago

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

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.

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.

10 months ago

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.

This is a short climb... but it is just that, a climb. This is just a tiny section to the now 80 mile standing stone trail. At the top you will come to a sign that has the throne room spur at .2 miles but that's debatable. Either way, I recommend doing this just for the amazing views where you can see Williamsburg fire tower on a clear day and also the 1000 steps. Be aware on a summer day, you will be joining the timber rattlers around the viewing area. My last warm trip up I encountered two about 20 feet from the overlook.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

We did the entire loop, 3.9 miles. The first mile (steps) is straight up the mountain, a really steep incline, it doesn't level off any until the top. It's a long hard mile, but the views at the top are beautiful. When you get up there follow the trail to the left and it is a fairly level hike with views along the way. The best view is where Pennsylvania Furnace meets the Pump House Road! It's not an easy hike and I'd definitely recommend proper footwear.

Friday, August 26, 2016

I love this trail however it is inaccurately marked as easy. For mountain biking I would rate this as moderate to hard due to the amount of rock gardens and obstacles.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Good, trail was pretty rocky at around 1 mile in. Wear solid boots.

camping
Friday, June 13, 2014

Nice prep hike for Philmont.

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

This was an extremely easy trail to follow. We parked just below Kings Gap Environmental Education Center after getting a description of the trail from a ranger. The trail starts at the trail head marked for Maple Hollow and Scenic Vista trails. Follow Scenic Vist trail heads until it splits off to the right. You'll continue straight ahead following the yellow blazes. There are a few spots where the blazes are basically in the middle of an intersection which was annoying, but common sense proved to be all that we needed and we'd see another yellow blaze down the path we'd chosen.

Maybe 1.5 miles in, the trail crosses Ridge Rd. Just as the ranger said, it looks a little confusing, but just walk across the rd and it will be clear where the trail starts off from again.

We combined this hike with a walk past Fuller Lake onto the Appalachian Trail and a visit to Pole Steeple above Laurel Lake before hiking back along Cold Springs Rd before retracing our steps for the last 1.5 miles to our car. Buck Ridge itself is 6 miles one way. We ended up hiking around 14.8 (including the two miles we hitch hiked to avoid getting stuck in the woods at nightfall.)

hiking
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lower terminus starts at Bailey Gap Road just inside the state forest boundary. White blazes are used until the trail intersects the Stone Mountain Trail. After that red blazes are used. Without the blazes, the trail up the mountain side is difficult to follow. There is little in the way of a footpath. It is frequently rocky and steep. Once on the summit of Stone Mountain, the footpath is very evident. The trail continues to its upper terminus on Rag Hollow Road. The trail on the summit is relatively flat and easy going.

hiking
Friday, October 08, 2010

A friend and I completed this trail as a start on a three day trip along the Mid State trail. It is a Mid state trail spur that starts at Colerain State Picnic area. It has two amazing vistas, both named Indian Loookout. One is on the trail and the other is further up the mountain, still on the trail but along the road to be enjoyed by others in vehicles. I have recently been on the trail as it is one of the areas my family hunts. Many hikers still enjoy it, although it is not overly crowded by any means. The trail is almost entirely uphill and will give you a workout. It meets the Mid State Trail at the top of the mountian. Lots of rocks, and is well known for rattlesnakes. Be careful, but don't let it stop you.

hiking
11 days ago

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