Explore the most popular hiking trails in Sproul 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

The east loop is actually 22.4 miles long and the west loop is 33 miles. If you are going to do this trail I recommend a map and giving yourself plenty of time. Did the east loop in 2 days. Lots and lots of steep hills and hills that had a gradual incline that lasted for a while. The landscapes all along the trail were breathtaking. Plenty of water sources available and lots of campsites. All in all, a great, but difficult trail!

Decided to finally try this trail. Parking is an issue, as I had to drive about a half-mile down the road toward South Renovo to find a spot, where there is a large pull off for another trial head. I should mention there is an initial, relatively steep descent down the bank after climbing over the guard rail, but it is only about 50 feet or so in length. I never really found any "trail" so to speak, rather I simply followed the ravine and traveled upstream. The walk was not difficult, though one does have to make many stream crossings along the way. The stream is rather small so it was not too much of an obstacle. Also, since i never really found any trail I never actually reached any ending before turning around. Looking at the map now I believe I took the ravine to the right (south) instead of left (east). Regardless, this was a truly beautiful hike. Very steep ravines were on either side interspersed with laurel patches. I saw quite a few deer and heard the loudest woodpecker I have ever encountered. I plan on going back after the plants start coming to life. Overall this is a very nice hike.

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful PA mountain trail. A bit more rugged in spots than expected but very passable. I definitely recommend hiking boots/shoes, something with a sturdy sole for rocks. Not too much in the way of vistas but beautiful PA mountain forests. Careful of rattlesnakes sunny themselves. Saw two at the natural gas shallow well head. A great hike.

Great trail. We saw two raccoons, two rattlesnakes, two deer, and one orange salamander.

Beautiful mountain trail. Steeper than expected without much vista view when in full summer. But still pretty with all the flowers and fungi.

A nice trail over all, but very unkempt in certain areas. Some nice camp spots as well. Definitely enjoyed this trail.

hiking
10 months ago

The scenery is gorgeous. The bugs are pretty terrible in July, but that's hardly the trail's fault. The path does get difficult to follow towards the beginning of the switch-backs (it's easy to get off course). Also, it's only a 4.1 mile trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, peaceful hike. Did not encounter one person on the trail. Bring walking sticks for the up and down. Loop is only 4 miles (not 7 miles as listed on app).

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Really nice trail down to the creek. From there, the trail traverses the stream multiple times. and is rocky and somewhat challenging to follow. We went in mid-April and found the stream very difficult to cross because of the flow. Trail is not marked.

This trail was a 27mile hike from beginning to end. My buddy and I did it clockwise, and found that the hills were very arduous. A good trail with low traffic, good campsites and plenty of water opportunities. However, the trail runs directly through a swamp around 100m across in the last 3 miles. Some areas were not well blazed (labelled). All around a good hike, but I don't intend to do it again.

Friday, September 18, 2015

My family cabin is at the base of this trail and I have been hiking this I could walk! Trail is steep and slick most of the year due to springs. Rocks are treacherous in areas. Wildlife is abundant in area including coyotes, bear, porcupines, grouse, turkey and rattlesnakes.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Took my two sons for their first time. Tough climbs, great campsites, sufficient water supply, all around good trail. Great experience. Will be back, again and again.

hiking
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This trail is awesome! I grew up in Renovo, but I didn't start hiking it until I moved. Now I live in AK and I try to hike sections of the CKT every time I'm back east.

hiking
Monday, November 04, 2013

I've completed this trail three times. Two of them with snow (3-10 inches) and one in the spring. Every time we hiked it we went counter-clockwise. The last time was in the spring of 2011 and the trail was in dire need of maintenance. There were multiple places with severe blow down. We camp our first night at Cranberry Run. It is a great campsite under pine trees and next to a stream. The second night we spent it at the dry campsite after Pete's Run road. This is a very strenuous hike. Be sure to check out the small water fall in the last hollow after you cross 144.

hiking
Monday, September 06, 2010

Good trail. Lots and lots off rocks. nice camp stops

hiking
Friday, September 03, 2010

nice hike, completed almost both loops. 4 nites. Rocks on top of rocks. Saw my first fox. Cranberry swamp was cool. the colors in the fall were amazing.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

hiking
Sunday, March 29, 2015