Explore the most popular forest trails in Tiadaghton 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.

Great trail for a fun weekend. I recommended doing this trail counter-clockwise. it is a fairly easy trail with only a couple of hill that are breath taking. the views are amazing at the vistas and you are hiking along the creeks most of the time with quite a few crossing so prepare to get a little wet at some point. campsites could use some help so if you are camping at on clean out the fire pits and set up some more rocks around the rings. hope you all enjoy!!!

this is the same as Culbertson Trail just the portion that goes along the ridge

Did this as a day hike (!) on May 5, 2018, starting in Slate Run and proceeding counterclockwise. No bears, no snakes. The only serious problem was that the last 25% of the loop, ie the lower west-to-east part shown in the map, is NOT labelled as "Black Forest Trail" but you have to follow a patchwork of trails with other names and blaze colors. I got lost and did quite a bit of backtracking, and eventually found my way to a road, and hiked the last 6 miles on roads, mostly Slate Run Road. I had planned for 22.6 miles, but in the end I covered somewhere between 27 and 30 miles -- depending whether I believe map measurements or my iphone. Quite a long day! The best parts of the trip were certainly in the first 30-40% of the loop; and also the north-south part along the western side of the loop is pleasant. (But be prepared for ~20 stream crossings!)

EDIT: I subsequently discovered a good map at the following URL. If I had had this map with me, I wouldn't have had all the trouble at the end, and wouldn't have had to hike 6 hard-slogging miles down Slate Hill Road. Here's the URL:
http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20032741.pdf

hiking
16 days ago

I loved the beautiful vistas and cool rock formations. Can’t wait to do it again!

Trail head is 0.2 miles before where it shows on gps. No parking lot, have to park on the shoulder. Follow yellow rectangle and watch for an unexpected split to the right, marked by a double rectangle. If you reach another road you want too far. My gps was showing me about 250 ft west of trail the whole time. Be prepared for a sustained steep climb.

Took Loyalsock/Smith Knob trail all the way to Painters trail and back to the road which brought us back to the parking lot. Perfect day, great scenery, trail was very well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

Went for a good evening walk and we couldn’t make it the whole way and back in a decent time so we didn’t make it to the end.

There’s a few moments when it’s difficult to cross the stream but it’s bearable. Pretty hike overall though!

No good places to take a seat and have lunch but we took a blanket and stopped for it.

Overall good hike, not the best in the area but not a bad day hike!

on Little Painter Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike that follows a little stream. Did this hike in the spring so the water was flowing. Our tween-age kids did this and it was the perfect hike to give them a little challenge without being too much for them.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice rugged trail for well ridden mt bikers, beginners need not apply.

Hiked it liked it 3/11/18, great workout getting to the top, nice view at both Helen's Window and again at the very top. A little snowy on the back side of the knob, had to get out my micro spikes. This trail is close to home for me and will likely be one of my regulars.

2 months ago

well maintained trail through some beautiful Pa hills

on Pine Creek Trail

mountain biking
5 months ago

Always a great ride. Easy access. Exercise or tour with a friend.

I hiked this trail, starting at the parking lot just off Route 44, and walked clockwise. About 1/2 mile in is a swamp/bog area. Very wet!! The entire trail is blazed Blue and marked really well...except for the lower end of Schoolhouse Hollow, after you cross over Route 44. The blazes just stop so follow the dry creek bed down and you will pick the blazes back up. All in all a great hike but would not recommend doing this in the late Spring or summer as the Raspberry/Blackberry bushes would be extremely thick. About 1 mile before reaching the parking lot you will encounter another swamp/bog,

hiking
7 months ago

Did this hike in the summer over the 4th of July weekend. Beautiful weather, great hike. We didn't do the whole 11 miles, we did the 5.2 mile loop that's shown in some of the tracking maps. Very steep in the first mile, but then it levels out and is pretty easy after that. The views aren't totally clear because of tree growth, but still beautiful and dramatic for PA.

backpacking
7 months ago

Awesome trail! Two solid days of hiking given the elevation and terrain. Plenty of good camping spots along the way.

Possibly my favorite feature of this hike is the hotel + restaurant + bar almost exactly at the half way point in Slate Run. We stopped off for a beer and hearty meal for lunch and it couldn't have worked out better.

We'll definitely do it again.

breath taking

hiking
8 months ago

Kind of took this one on a whim. Awesome views from the top. Trail is very steep in places so watch your step.

This was by far the most difficult trail I have done to date! The climbs are outrageous but the reward is great views for sure! Only came across 1 rattle snake...a Black Timer Rattler...let us pass right by and never even buzzed. Started the trail, from Slate Run, and went clockwise but do to injury had to cut day 2 short. Water was in great supply.

on Tiadaghton Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Did this trail with my boyfriend and our dogs. The parking lot is easy to find via coordinates. The trail starts off paved and crosses the bridge. Shortly after crossing, keep your eyes open for an unpaved and unmarked trail head to your right. Follow it straight, this trail eventually has blue markers that make it easier to follow. Other trails link with this one, so some blue markers also have yellow. Simply follow the blue, it gets a little step but offers a nice view once you get to the top. We ended up turning back once we got to the overlook to make it a shorter hike.

We attempted to ride the entire length of the trail while bicycle camping along the way. A damaged bike kept us from getting further than Blackwell, PA (starting at the trailhead near Wellsboro, PA), but that portion that we hit through the Natural Area of the "canyon" was great.
We stayed overnight at a camping area at the old CCC town of Tiadagton. Eagles, black bear, ducks, geese, white tailed deer and timber rattlesnakes were seen in plenty. The middle of the Natural Area did not see much in the way of other campers or even bikers during the two weekend August days that we were base camped there. The star gazing was awesome and the night sounds of the old town site kept us wondering since we were the only people camped there.
The town of Blackwell has a general store that should be a standard stop on the trail.
The ride was very easy as the trail is the best Rail Trail that I have ever ridden. And I have ridden on many. I would suggest this trail to anyone looking for a day trip up to a multi night adventure. Caution should be exercised with the numerous bears (storing food stuffs) and the number of rattlesnakes trail side.
This is one of PA Wilds best hidden gems.

Kind of the same thing the entire way, no views. But its out there. Lots of bugs, recommend pants. Easy trail like it states, not very much elevation gain or loss at all.

off road driving
10 months ago

Not sure if I found the right spot. all the views were off-road driving views. found a trail near a sign that said Vista #1. there were 3 of those signs down the road. at Vista #1 there is a trail off to the left hand side. Yellow blazes, not sure if this was the trail or not. GPS takes you further down the road than you need to go. but if you follow the road all the way out there is a nice view there as well. Near Sproul state forest. pretty sure it is Sproul, but alltrails says it's not. Easy hike following the markings tho. leads into the MST

hiking
10 months ago

Not a bad trail, crosses a few roads tho. no scenic views but the forestry is amazing. Saw 2 Owls and a Deer. no bear or snakes. You have to cross a stream once and a swampy mud section once. but both you can rock hop over without much trouble. Markers are yellow. be sure you're following them the trail gets a little overgrown when you're ascending the steepest part (which is right after you cross the stream).

10 months ago

Would love to know where the other reviewer went in. The directions take you to someone's home address and no trail head within 5 miles is marked.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great hike difficult at times a lot of stream crossings

backpacking
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Definitely a challenging trail but well worth it! Gorgeous scenery and wildlife. 1 bear siting and multiple rattlesnakes. Unfortunately it was very dry over Labor Day but still could find ample water when needed. 42.5 miles in just over 72 hours.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

so many beautiful vistas that are well worth the effort

road biking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beautiful woodsy scenery, easy flat ride from Jersey Shore to Waterville access area. Looking forward to using the rest of the trail.

road biking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This is a relatively easy rail trail, mild grade heading north, downhill in the other direction. A complete down and back is about 100 miles.

Monday, June 27, 2016

This took a while for us to find because we followed the directions from the app with our GPS and it took us to the middle of an open field near the campgrounds. so we backtracked and parked just off the road where the bike path began and walked until we found the trail. Because of time and nightfall, we'll have to tackle it another day, but it seemed the most rugged and unctouched of hiking paths we ever started out on. Can't wait to come back to it! The walk on the bike path was lovely, though.

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