Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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!

15 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!

Not the most clearly marked trail.

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

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

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.

on Colyer Lake Loop

hiking
2 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.

Not groomed but lots of fun.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail limited vistas few people. This is not a loop it’s out and back.

Had a wonderful hike along the ridge on a beautiful, chilly spring morning. would definitely return.

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!

This hike was extremely enjoyable. Ridge line hiking is the best.

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.

trail running
9 months ago

As of the time I write this review, the map shown above is incorrect. You can reach Tussey Mountain trail via Lonberger Path, which is a beautiful little hike/run in and of itself. Lonberger *does* connect to Kettle (other reviews notwithstanding) which provides a nice, relatively short but steep and intense segment between Lonberger and the relatively flat Tussey Mountain ridge trail. I've only ever run Tussey Mountain trail as an out and back, it's beautiful, Rocky but eminently runnable, which makes it one of the more fun and interesting running trails around. Total distance from the parking area to the beer tap via Lonberger and Kettle is close to 5.5 miles, making the whole out and back close to 11 miles. There's a trailhead for the Tussey Mountain trail with parking further up Bear Meadows Road, just beyond North Meadows Road and just before Treaster Kettle Road and the parking area for Bear Meadows Natural Area. The ascent to the ridge top is reasonable and interesting. Love this trail, and you probably will too, regardless of how you get to it. Enjoy!

hiking
10 months ago

great area.

Great awesome kickass trail, we took the left side heading up the valley and took Jaunt trail to the top of the ridge and caught the scenic vista of Beaver Stadium down the left side if trail once u hit the top. We then doubled back to the ridge trail and went all the way to the top of Bald Knob and had an awesome view of central PA!

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.

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