Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Not groomed but lots of fun.

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

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

5 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!

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.

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

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.

One of my favorite trail running loops! Deer Path is a great climb!

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

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.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Nice walk, very scenic

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...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Amazing views

Monday, March 21, 2016

Great views! Easy hike

The trail isn't marked well, I had to have fellow hikers point me in the right direction. Also if your looking forward to a view at the top from "roman tower" it's pretty sub par. It's not even a tower, just some rocks stacked in a tower shape. I did enjoy the trail, and the hike its self, just not a great pay off once you summit. I would recommend it to someone who wants to continue on with another trail once you reach the top. 3/5 stars

Friday, June 13, 2014

Nice prep hike for Philmont.

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.)

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.

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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