Explore the most popular kid friendly 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
22 hours ago

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

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.

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
5 months ago

great area.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
6 months ago

nice, short hike intercepting a hawks watch along the way. we ended at “sausser’s pile” which is a fascinating pile of rocks plummeting down the mountain. the trail is rocky so good shoes are helpful. the trail head was a bit obscure... still not sure if we started at the correct one. the hike and sausser’s pile was well worth the drive up here.

walking
7 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.

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
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Nice walk but needs cleaned up.

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, June 25, 2016

We never got to stassers stone pile as there was no signage and it didn't appear on map, we did get to hawk watch but a rattlesnake forced us to turn around...

backpacking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Amazing views

Monday, March 21, 2016

Great views! Easy hike

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Moderately challenging but achievable. Poorly marked trail but if you pay attention you will find your way. We accessed the trail from Otter Gap Lane just passed Savage Cabin. You will pass 1 cabin, then a wooden bridge. This lane will bring you to another cabin, stay to the left of the cabin. The trail starts behind the cabin. Take Lingle Valley Trail. You will cross many streams the larger one is Lingle Valley Creek very beautiful. You will eventually climb a steep hill, about 45 degrees with about 100 ft elevation gain. Your final climb will be about another 200 ft elevation gain. Good cardio before you emerge on Chestnut Spring Trail. Take Chestnut until you hit Brush Ridge Trail. There were still remaining blueberries on Brush Ridge. You will start your descent from here. Brush Ridge will take you back to Otter Gap Trail. This is one wet trail with lots of water probably from all the rain. You will get to a very rocky area. Just remember to keep the creek on your right side. Otter Gap will bring you back where you started. This would be 5.4 miles.

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Our Scout group took this hike. The trail runs along the top of Stone Mountain. We started at Stone Mountain Hawk Watch and hiked to Sausser's Stone Pile. The trail was clearly marked and well taken care of. It is very rocky and I should have worn better hiking boots. The views from the lookouts are beautiful. The boys want to hike the trail next year, from the Hawk Watch to Greenwood Furnace State Park. We also hiked the trails in Greenwood Furnace State Park, which is a great historical park.

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