nature trips

dogs on leash


4 days ago

Great hike! Harder than we thought but so worth it. Beautiful views. Lots of adventure. Awesome time. If you head out on the blue trail toward the River of Rocks and take the blue trail back around prepare for an awesome time.

great hike with a variety of easy, moderate and hard parts. Was rather crowded at the top, but friendly people. Luckily all the dogs we encountered were on leashes, as my guy is still learning his manners with other dogs!

Great hike, views are beautiful and give reward, but doing the whole section will take a toll. Did it in early June in just over 2 days. It's closer to 27mi point to point and be sure you go before or after late July/august because a lot of the springs dry up. The climbs aren't too bad, but the 8-9 miles preceding Allentown shelter almost entirely rock so prepare yourself and keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and cottonmouth dens in the pulpits!!

$10 ADMISSION FEE (for adults) let me just say it’s worth it. There are a bunch of different trials ranging from moderate to difficult and 30 minutes to hours. We went straight to the north lookout and I could sit up there all day. It’s rocky up there but you are on top of the world overlooking sooooo much. Beautiful sanctuary where the employees are so friendly and helpful. One of my top places because there is so much to do and see. Would highly recommend to plan this trip instead of a last minute decision to go

I always love this app thank you very much for the big help and the GPS maps of the trails you guys are the best

17 days ago


The trail was decent but there is a $10 admission, which should be listed on this app and with reviews. Pretty area but much better hiking trails in other areas that are free. Appalachian trail a mile away that connects to pinnacle.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Beautiful but difficult hike. I would call this more rock climbing than hiking. It's definitely not for beginners. Expect to be on all fours for at least half the hike. Gloves recommended. The trail is not very well marked. The views are spectacular and it is a great workout.

1 month ago

We are in our early sixties and had no problem with this short and energizing hike of 4.75 miles. Plenty of rocks to climb over or leap across at the top too! Don’t recommend for older folks if your not used to this kind of hiking/climbing or have even the slightest balance problem.

1 month ago

This is an incredible hike, easy 5 star. Their is a lot to experiance and you do not have to kill yourself to see some cool stuff. Check out my full write up along with directions and things to look out for.

This is a really fun trail with lots of diversity. We hiked all the way to Bake Oven Knob and back for about 10.5 Miles. Climbing Bears Rocks and Knifes Edge was really cool, and Bake Oven Knob makes a great lunch spot with spectacular views!
Lots of rocks on this trail!

Loved this hike! Was a lot more challenging than I was expecting....pleasant surprise! Definitely a moderate hike with some scrambling involved, so be prepared! All in all a great hike!

I much prefer this route over the other branches of the trail. Decent uphill experience with a beautiful lake and river that becomes a waterfall during wet days. The view at The Pinnacle is perfect and the cave is worth exploring (and climbing out of) as well.

love love love!

Part hiking part rock climbing. Views were beautiful and we saw some hawks. The skyline trail is the most difficult and please pay attention...it’s not for beginners. Bolder climbing for quite some distance. We modified route to make it more like 10 miles round trip.

very difficult but absolutely worth it. We took the long way and hiked about 6 miles. lots of rock scrambling! would recommend to experienced hikers.

Loved this trail! There was several points with some breath taking views. It involved a lot of moving around rocks and some climbing which I liked. Absolutely beautiful!

This is a challenging trail with a vertical rock wall and several near vertical climbs. If that's in your skill set, it is worth it to do this loop.

Great trail.... I will warn you though this trail is moderate to an avid hiker. It is definitely very challenging. And we did have to scale rocks to get to the top of the north lookout. We came in the opposite direction however meaning we started with the river of rocks trail and then climbed up the mountain to then climb up to the north lookout. All in all a very good hike.

Great hike. Nine of us completed it as Charisse described 14 days ago. Had great views and it was a nice workout jumping from stone to stone and climbing steep walls on the Skyline trial. Trickiest was the River of Rocks trail since leaves covered loose stones making the descend slippery.

Great hike! But for a better more rewarding challenge start by going down in the valley and then come so that you end on top of hawk mountain.

decent hike. the view at the end was well worth it. only seen 3 people on the whole trail. parking was shitty.

Beautiful hike especially during the fall! Started around 6:30am with a view of the sunrise at the south mountain lookout then headed down the River of Rocks trail to the Golden Eagle trail then to the Skyline trail. It took ~ 3.5 hours to complete with stops to soak in the views along the Skyline trail. I would highly recommend this loop if you like to be off of the beaten path and venture from the more heavily trafficked trails!

This was a challenging yet very enjoyable trail. Lots of boulder and rock climbing. I would recommend gloves and definitely shoes with good tread. We actually crossed over the river of rocks and back because we didn’t see the red marker. LOL. However it added an extra workout. The leaves and weather were spectacular this past weekend and we did see some hawks. Definitely doing this trail again.

Day hike with my 14 YO son. Will be back for more. Rail yard is interesting. Great river walk.

A Fun challenging hike . You get the pay off view at the North Lookout. Parking is at the Hawk Mountain sanctuary

The “ Cliffs “ Are Very Challenbing. Trek Lightly!!!

If you’re in the area, this is a must!! Especially during the fall and at sunset. Beautiful!

My wife and I had been to Hawk Mtn. prior to us deciding that we would hike the entire loop. We are by far not accomplished hikers. I am 10mo. out from double knee replacement surgery and I can assure you that this hike really pushed me to my limits. We started at approximately 10am and started our counter clockwise loop taking the River of Rocks Trail to the Golden Eagle Trail. The grade from the river of rocks up to the top left me thinking that I must be paying for some past transgressions. We then started on the rock/boulder scrambling, hopping, climbing leg of our “hike” that I thought was someone’s very sick joke. After coming to that conclusion I found out that we were only 1/3 the way through our mountaineering 101 day from hell. Thought about just giving up quite a few times before we came the last demented obstacle on the Skyline Trail. The vertical 15-20 foot rock wall.!! After scaling this looming beast we finally had made it to the North look out. We were battered but not totally beaten we made our way back along Lookout Trail to the car at apprx. 2pm. We were a dusty sweaty mess but we did what we set out to do. On to the next adventure....

oh! It may be some time before setting out to conquer this loop again but we will be back!

Really liked this one! I went past Bear Rocks to Bake Oven Knob, which I recommend. Great views; in late September, when I went, it was lightly trafficked. Trail is extremely well-blazed as of 9/17.

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