Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Tuscarora 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.

The hike was really steep but the view really is worth it, once we reached flat rock we continued on the Tuscarora Trail thinking it would lead us back down to where we came from, we got lost and hiked for miles, when we finally did find a road we were 14 miles away from our vehicles, we stopped at a locals home and he offered to drive us back, If you don't know where your going, just go back from the way you came from, it's very easy to get lost and lose track of where you are.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is NOT easy, but the view from flat rock is well worth it. Whatever you do I highly advice AGAINST following the loop trail after reaching flat rock. It’s extremely overgrown (probably riddled with ticks and poison ivy/oak) and there are trees down everywhere. It also gets confusing with all these other trails intersecting it. The smartest idea is to go back down the way you came up, because that part of the trail actually seems to be taken care of. Would of given this trail five stars if it were an out and back trail or if the second half of the loop was actually taken care of.

hiking
3 months ago

Tough hike up to Flat Rock but totally worth it. We like it mostly because it's the trail less traveled actually. The View at Flat Rock is Awsome. Enjoyed flying my drone around up there.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Not Easy! Moderate is more like it. 1600' of gain in 2.5 miles. A lot of which is loose rocks. Great trail overall well marked and easily followed with wide paths. Views from Flat Rock were amazing even on a hazy August day!

backpacking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

If you plan on hiking with a pack make sure it's under 80lbs! The view at Flat Rock was well worth the the blisters on my heels

backpacking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Awesome hike. Very difficult if carrying heavy back pack. Worth it when you get to the summit!

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Not much in the way of things to see. Quiet hike but a bit boring.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

By far one of my fav local hikes! It's not easy but the reward is well worth the climb. Parking is plentiful, trail is well marked, not too heavily traveled, and good tree coverage on warm days. Wear good shoes as the trail is rocky and steep and bright colors during hunting seasons. You can always cool off in the nearby lake at the bottom.

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Excellent hike. After a nice intermission at Flat Rock I continued on the Tuscarora trail, then hooked a left on the Warner Loop Trail, a right on Cider Path (steeper than Flat Rock Trail!!) back down to the dirt road and walked the road back to the parking area at the Flat Rock trailhead. This made for an approximately 5 hour hike (with short breaks here and there). I only saw 5 people prior to and at Flat Rock, which was nice. It felt like I was really out in the sticks! My phone died so I'm guessing the total hike was 8 miles or more maybe 10!

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Awesome trail. it's a rough one but the view is definitely worth it.

Monday, September 07, 2015

1. Climb up was awesome.
2. Take food. Only 5 miles total but you WILL get hungry.
3. Descent was pretty tough. Poles will help with balance.

hiking
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Great hike, awesome view! Enjoy lunch on Flat Rock over looking the Cumberland Valley!

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

I agree with reviews that describe the first part of this hike as strenuous. On our way down, we met another hiker that was looking hesitant about a particularly steep climb right at the beginning. Her confidence was bolstered by the fact that we were coming down it in Chacos.

Nice hike. Strenuous enough for me to feel good about it and a beautiful view at the end.

hiking
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Trail head is by the Nature Center in Col Denning St Park. The 'Flat' in Flat Rock Trail refers th the flat rock outcrop at the end of the trail, not the trail itself. It was basically straight uphilll for the 1st mile, then a more gradual climb for the remainder of the hike. Though strenuous, the view from the outcrop was worth the effort.

walking
Saturday, November 26, 2011

this trail is NOT in Lebanon PA! It is in Colonel Denning State Park, 1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA 17241-9756

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Awesome trail. Took my wife and two kids, ages 8&9. Parts of it are definitely strenuous. This trail is most certainly a knee and thigh burner. It was a beautiful sunny fall day but the traffic was light on the trail. There is a shelter about midway to the overlook. Great place for a snack or break. Just before you descend to the overlook you walk over rocks, if you look down you will see a USGS survey marker. This marks the high point on the mountain. My son noticed it. If not for him I would have walk right over without noticing it. It is severely worn and hard to read (just a little side note). The view from the rock was awesome. We sat for an hour and watched the vultures and hawks ride the thermals. The view couldn't be beat. This trail is not were All Trails shows with their pin drop. Flat Rock trail head is located in Colonel Denning State Park (which is a lovely park).

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