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Allegheny Gorge and Overlook Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Polk, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 639 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers
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Note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and you may end up on a rocky area.

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Reviews (162)
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Recordings (135)
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Rachel Palmer
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Hiking

Fun trail to hike for this flatlands girl. The overlook was beautiful and well worth the hike. Trail wasn’t marked as well as it could be and entrance to trail was confusing. We definitely enjoyed the day hike.

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Scott Butler
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Ed Spence
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Bud Russell
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Very nice trail, although a portion of the trail descending from the overlook (in a counter-clockwise direction) is very poorly marked. All the sudden we were working our way through a rocky, debris-filled culvert. If we hadn't had AllTrails app, we would have been uncertain of our whereabouts.

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Abe Taleb
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Hiking

Great lollipop, steep at parts, when you get to the lollipop, go right, makes for an easier climb. The views are great.

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Daniella Cramer
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Hiking

Peaceful and pleasant, beautiful views, and there were plenty of hills to get the blood pumping.

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Jamie Thompson
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HikingBugs

I went clockwise because I would rather be pulled by my dogs up hill rather than downhill. It was quite the up hill but worth it once you get to the over look. Lots of bugs but I didn't run into any other people but I started around 7am.

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Bradley Smith
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy to hike, pretty well maintained. View at the overlook is awesome.

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Alex Kunz
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Hiking

I would recommend taking this trail clockwise. It is more challenging this way, but as you climb the steep hill before the overlook the view is very rewarding. Only one spot was muddy and slick, overall trail is very well maintained. The trail is mainly in the shade of the trees with great views and scenery. Suggestion is to follow the guide on the app and track, a couple moments could make you pause on where to go next. Weather for our hike: Sunny and 90 with a light breeze.

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Stephanie Anthony
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Hiking

Loved it, the overlook was worth the small trek we made.

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Scott Butler
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Wonderful hidden trail only 90 min from Northeast Ohio. Typical PA trail, rocks, mud, stream crossings, hills, and nice views. This trail has a postcard quality overlook, a historical iron furnace, suspension bridges and plenty of options for overnight backpacking. Trail is mostly flat with two rocky hilly sections (one is a 500 ft rise in under half a mile). This is a state forest, not a park. There are few signs, no amenities, and blazes can be ambiguous. A map, compass, and this application with downloaded map are a must. Parking can even be difficult to locate without a map.

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Noah Bowser
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Running

Coming up to this trail is intimidating because the lot is at the end of a winding and secluded road. It was especially intimidating because the lot was completely empty when I arrived. There are 3 different gates where the trail could potentially start so I had to use a compass to orient myself. The trail starts on a service road and then transitions to some beautiful and peaceful paths. I ran alone so it felt scary by times and the path wasn’t the best for running as some parts were very uneven and rocky. Additionally, these trails don’t have very many scenic parts. The overlook is the only view worth seeing and it’s not as good as some other central / western pa overlooks I’ve seen. Overall, not a bad time and not a bad view, but this trail isn’t as outstanding as some others nearby.

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Tracy Tome
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Hiking

Wonderful trail and beautiful weather today. Mountain Laurel in full bloom today! Trail has changed after coming from overlook. Did the trail counter clockwise. Blazed easy to follow.

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Tracy Tome
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Timothy Dunn
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Hiking

I’ve hiked dozens of trails, and this trail is easily in my top three “moderate” trails. And I just completed the trail going counter-clockwise, and I’ve got to say... you’ve gotta do this trail CLOCKWISE! It’s still an excellent hike counter-clockwise, but I think one of the beauties of big views is earning them. And the view at the Overlook on this trail (really pretty!) would be made all the sweeter and more rewarding if it comes at the end of a slightly challenging and rocky climb. The view is a natural exclamation point at the end of a great trail, and the bridges and valleys keep it interesting until you get there! Really, really beautiful hike. It’s a shorter and easier “Brady’s Run” for me. And I even worked up a sweat going counter-clockwise, but I’ll def be back soon to do the loop CLOCKWISE!

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Michael McElroy
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Hiking

I really enjoyed doing this with my family. We didn't do the entire loop. We started the loop counterclockwise and reached the overlook then came back the way we came. I had my 2 year old in a pack on my back and had no trouble with trail difficulty.

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Ashley Miskow
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Hiking

Awesome wide trail. Going clockwise is definitely hard and a steep incline! Nice challenge if you are up for one! Pretty views from the over look and some nice suspension bridges on the way! Lots of chipmunks! Loved this hike! Can’t wait to do some of the other trails through here!

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Simon King
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike with varied scenery. We did it counterclockwise and I would recommend that approach.

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Cindy Montes
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Hiking

Beautiful and very well marked. Will be returning soon.

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Jess Gander
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HikingRocky

Beautiful hike! The GPS in the app definitely helped keep us from getting off track at the very beginning. We did the hike counterclockwise thanks to some reviews here. As two people who just started hiking, and dont get much exercise, it was very doable with some short breaks up some of the hills. Incredible view, definitely recommend!

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Robert Scafuri
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Hiking

A hidden gem outside of Pittsburgh. The first half is easy with a fantastic overlook, and the second half is full of adventure. One of my favorites!

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Chris Salvo
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HikingMuddy

Some of the trail was muddy but all in all great way to spend Mother’s Day. Lots of bridges. It wasn’t an easy hike but we all loved the views!

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Dana Ortmann
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Hiking

The views on this trail were a pleasant surprise at both the outlook and along Dennison Run. I agree with other reviews. Trails for the loop are not well marked but able to be figured out with using trail maps.

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tim bidlack
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Hiking

Awesome day. Not too many people to avoid

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Michael Lucas
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Skull Veggie
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on the first of the year after a fresh layer of snow. The waterways in the lower part of the trail were great and the bridges are very fun as well and you can finish your ascent with a great view of the river. If you’re going to hike it after a rain shower or snow is melting on the trail, be sure to have waterproof boots because it gets very muddy and wet.

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