Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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

8 days ago

Fun hike, I done it a few times. Spring much better than summer. Summer time falls lacks water.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail should NOT be used anymore!! I attempted to use it yesterday and was threatened by someone who claimed to be a land owner. I was told I was trespassing and he'll call the cops on me like he does with everyone else.

hiking
9 days ago

This trail was a nice quick hike before work and the waterfall was really pretty. Halfway down the hike however, there's a frac road that cuts into the trail and runs the rest of the length of the trail. you can choose to walk the frac road or hop back on the trail for the rest of the hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Loved this trail, it was my third time. A head up, early springtime is the best to go and see the falls when they are running. Especially after a good rain. Loved the view at the end, well worth the trip.

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
13 days ago

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

hiking
24 days ago

Nice trail. blazed well. I'd rate it as easy the first half and moderate the 2nd half. pipeline now runs next to portion of the trail so that stinks but beautiful waterfall. keep very close eye on kids if you take them. once your near the falls it gets rocky

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
28 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. Good for families. Beautiful waterfall at the end. Will probably go again later in the season when there’s more water though. The trail was probably once secluded but they’re putting in a pipeline or something and a good portion of the trail runs right next to the construction and dirt road. Kind of a bummer.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun easy hike. Logging road threw me off a little. Can’t wait to come back in the summer when the waterfall is more full. Great hike for dogs.

1 month ago

I don't think this is a public access trail anymore. I was rudely warned off continuing along the trail. there are houses and garbage all over.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect for our group cub scouts and Boy Scouts.

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

3 months ago

Nice short trail. Beautiful in winter.

hiking
3 months ago

Quick and easy hike, accessible in the snow as well

hiking
3 months ago

A bit icy in spots but a great hike!!!

on Jacoby Hollow

4 months ago

Great winter waterfall

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful in the winter. It's like walking through a winter wonderland. Completely accessible after a snowfall unlike some other trails in PA. We were some of the only hikers! Safely get as close as you can to the waterfalls it's miraculous.

hiking
5 months ago

It really is a nice trail and the waterfall at the end is worth every step. However the construction road and traffic on said road ruin the hike a little. If not for the road it would be rated 5 stars. You'll run into it about half way back. Some of the trail has even been taken over by the road, it's kind of a shame. Still worth hiking though and was very easy! I will be back later in the winter for some icy waterfall pictures!

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,

6 months ago

Great Hike!! We went late fall and the waterfall was absolutely beautiful! Easy to hike and few challenges but nothing extreme!

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.

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