Explore the most popular hiking trails in State Game Lands Number 211 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

The trail was difficult but enjoyable and looked very beautiful in the fall! However because of all the recent rain the trail was extremely muddy and the streams were hard to cross. I would not recommend bringing a dog on the hike, as there are two large stream crossings that might be hard for them. The trail was well marked as long as you were paying attention.

Look to hike this for the first time hope I could get some tips from anyone who’s hike this trail n who’s also camp on this trail hope to fined sons pointers thanks James from Harrisburg Pennsylvania

2 months ago

Beautiful views in the fall and Summer. Starting at Ellendale Forge in Dauphin to Lebanon is about 17 miles. The Appalachian Trail intersects the Trail with views of Rouches Gap and the old Cemetery. The Stoney Creek runs close by at all times but sometimes you have to make a short detour. Pass by Rattling Run - about four miles from the gate at Ellendale Forge. It is open one day a year to drive through.

Historically, the area was used in the 1800’s as a resort to heal sore muscles believed to be because of the minerals in the Water.

You can still see remains of the housing and if you are lucky, you can still find pieces of plates of the time period. Horseshoe Trail is worth exploring if you have the time and stamina. Their is also Saint Paul’s Trail which is very steep. The Devils Run is worth the effort but be prepared for the elements and ensure you bring the correct gear for Hiking. You can drink the water from some springs but it’s recommended for you to either boil or use purification tablets particularly in the fall and hunting season.

we turned around on the very steep hike to the rusted machinery. when you hit the stone bridge do not walk across it. go straight. we went over the bridge and had to find our way back onto the trail.

Hiked parts of this from both ends in same day. Initially started from lot in Swatara State Park on Moonshine Rd and was planning to do out-and-back to about half way to Rt 325. Unfortunately had to turn back about 4 miles into it due to flooding stream a little bit before reaching Stony Creek Rail Trail. Wasn't deep, but no way to cross without completely submerging my shoes and the unpleasant sewer odor from water was enough to deter me from attempting to cross. Ended up returning to car and driving to AT lot on Clarks Valley Rd (Rt 325) to continue AT strech to Horse-Shoe Trail and looping back via Stage Coach Rd/Rattling Run Trail to H. Knauber Trail. Overall, enjoyed the stretches that I did hike and wish didn't have to turn back on 1st part. Although the long uphill stretch of AT from RT 325 is somewhat rocky, most larger rocks have been utilized/incorporated into the trail as either part of path, mini-rock bridges or steps/stairs. Can't say have seen so much use of rock steps on AT in central/northern PA which was pretty neat.

Update 11/20/2018:
Had hiked full stretch from Clark's Valley parking lot to a little past Stony Creek Rail Trail where the flooding stream was mentioned above...which actually is due to beaver dam. There is actually a sign warning about it on the Stony Creek Rail Trail going north on AT with sign pointing to alternate 1.6mile trail to avoid it. However, there is no signs/warning about the water crossing coming from the north side of AT.

Would also recommend taking the .8 mile trail connecting Stony Creek Rail Trail up to AT (did as loop back). There is no separate trail on AllTrails for it and unfortunately would require a walk down the rail trail a ways just to get to it, but was a nice surprise going up with many crossing of stream with several small waterfalls.

4 months ago

Kids we too short to get across wire bridge water was too high to go over log that others had suggested. Seemed great just wanted to FYI (We did know it was marked hard) this was near start of trail.

Saw 2 Rattle snakes. Be aware when walking through the tall Grass at about the 3rd mile into this loop. Going counter clockwise. I wouldn't consider this one hard though. Most of it is flat and long on old logging road.

Nice trail well marked

6 months ago

I get lost easily, and the reviews made me a little nervous about tackling this one. I can see how it would be easy to get turned around, particularly at the transition points. I didn’t have a problem, though, and if you keep your head up and your map open you should be good. The blazes are when you’re on the trails themselves, but there are quite a few downed trees that block the path.

It was very much worth visiting. There were two good uphill scrambles and one tricky steep downhill, if you’re going counterclockwise. No sweeping vistas, but wonderful foliage in spring. The trail was also completely deserted; I only saw one person on the AT section, and I started at 10am on a Saturday. The quietness meant I saw way more fauna than usual, including a red-spotted newt, deer, a porcupine, chipmunks, and a wide range of birds. If you’re a moss nerd, too, there was a great variety of that as well.

The wire bridge was a lot of fun. It’s two steel cables strung across the river, one to hold and one to walk on. Look up and down the river and you should spot it. There are also trees you could cross on if you’re not feeling up to it!

trail was awesome. blaze can be seen but didn't know how to stay on the correct trail. there were no "go this way for this trail" a mix of blue orange and red trail blazes. took the blue trail up the steep mountain. wasn't sure if we were still on the correct trail, so after three hours, turned around. took us one hour to get off the mountain.

other than that it was a nice, never traveled trail.

wire bridge was awesome!

Very good day! Met a lot of hikers traveling to Maine wishes lots of luck and be safe.!

11 months ago

This has become one of my favorite hikes after doing it! The stream crossing is tricky to find but awesome when you do find it! If you have a dog joining you for the hike, he/she must be okay with water as they must swim across the creek! Trail is poorly marked in some areas and about 10 trees cover the path on part of the trail as well, but that was fun! I only had to use the AllTrails GPS a couple times. Very steep and rocky and just absolutely gorgeous! Cannot wait to do this trail again!!

Rating the tower, not so much the trail. We took the H. Knauber and did some trailblazing to get to this spot instead.

I would rate this trail on the lowest setting for moderate intensity. Nothing too difficult, only a few decent climbs in the beginning. Trail levels off remainder of journey. Not a real trail, more so a service road. One part is somewhat overgrown, as in shin-high grass with brush on the side. In retrospect, I can only assume the moderate intensity is due to length, which isn’t long at all. Overall, it took nigh three hours to complete, and that was milking it.

I did this hike solo today, and it was very tranquil. It had rained earlier/last night and the cool weather deterred pretty much every single flying insect. There's not too much to look at on the way to the tower, it's a gravel path for the majority of it. I did see a black bear on the path as well as some mountain lion tracks (they were fresh). I let the bear wander off for a bit, before I continued moving again. Fortunately, I was downwind, so I didn't have much to worry about.

The tower itself had an amazing view, despite the low fog in the valley. But, if you don't like heights or get a little uneasy because the platform flexes underneath your weight, you probably don't want to climb the tower. (But I promise it's stable and worth it.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The trail was hard to find. We actually walked the roadway thinking it was the trail. No view of the creek which I was expecting.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Awesome stream crossing, but hard to find my first time there. I ended up wading through the water instead because I didn't know where the wire bridge was located. Easy to get lost without a GPS but a very much untouched and pristine hike. No spectacular view at the top, but the rock scramble and exciting scenery along the way make it well worth the journey. I do wish the trailhead was better marked.

Gravel road most if the way. More like a path than a trail but a decent walk and not too difficult.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great workout and good adventure. Difficult crossing streams after rain, and A little confusing around water crossings but the trails are well marked so keep looking. Trail head marked by a red A. Red to blue to white to blue to red.

Great ride, a bit rocky! Beautiful canopy of trees covers most of the trail.

Nice loop for a day hike!

I decided to make it a loop by riding down to water tank trail and taking that up rattle run and back down. If you decide to do that, make sure you have the proper footwear, because it gets extremely steep with loose rocks and logs. Plus, you have to carry the bike for 90% of water tank trail, which I was not expecting. Easy ride down after that though.

trail running
Sunday, April 16, 2017

A little hard to find but definitely worth it! Gorgeous rail trail and not very many people. The gate at the cold spring road entrance is open, definitely need 4 by 4 vehicle to get to the lot.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

overall the hike was pretty good. pretty steep uphill if you start this trail heading east then south. biggest complaint was when you're on the blue trail heading towards the AT, after you crest the hill and head down through the woods the blue trail went into about a 15-20 foot wide section of Rausch creek. we couldn't cross it so we went up stream to cross and then couldn't find the trail again even with GPS. after about 30 minutes of bush whacking we found the AT and the rest of the hike was nice.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Made a left instead of a right at some point and encountered some steep hills. Was a great challenge. I pulled my partial dentures out and placed them in my pocket for a moment and ended up losing them. If you see some teeth on the ground scoop em up and I'll reward you handsomely.. Lol

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great hike! Lots to explore! Sand Springs, Mine vents and the General

Thursday, March 09, 2017

got mega lost somehow. fun until then ,ha

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This was a fun hike! Even in the rain. The wire bridge was a little tricky to find and the trail needs a bit of love but it was well marked. Red to blue to white to blue to red. Go check out the General!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A very tuff trail in certain spots, watering hole at the top is crystal clear and cold on a hot summers day, this one was a gasser for me and the girl. Great scenery and history.

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