Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area (Highland Trail)

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Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area (Highland Trail) is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blakeslee, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 147 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

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rocky
8 days ago

Easy trail little muddy

Beautiful in fall. Many roots and rocks. Great loop hike, most of it along the water.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy walk. Little muddy

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bridge out
muddy
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over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Picked this trail to take my dogs but my dogs are stupid reactive to other dogs so it wasn’t as relaxing as I would like. Definitely will go back again without them. Parked at the main parking lot and it was crowded due to a party at the pavilion as you enter the trail. Lots of gnats. The path started with a cluster of tall evergreens which was simply breathtaking. Trails had some muddy swampy sections. Watch your steps as there are many roots poking up most of the trails and some rocky sections. If this is “easy” I’m in for a workout for the moderate rated trails. Love this app though because we got lost, misdirected trying to avoid other dogs more than once. One detour lead us out to another parking lot that had plenty of space. Didn’t get to sit by the waterfall but will do so next time.

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muddy
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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good trail!! Easy to get lost so be sure to use the tracking to know where you are. trails not marked well. Muddy but good scenery! Not much parking, so be sure to carpool or double park behind each other so you have space

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rocky
2 months ago

If you only hike to the falls, then you should have no problem with following the red trail. Some mud puddles along way; most of them covered with stepping stones. I followed the blue trail all around but there are some places lacking blazes or signs particularly at the junctions with the red. (One feeder trail led to a probable housing area to north along rt 940.) At a junction point between blue and red trails, the red trail seemed to go off in the wrong direction. (Maybe a better trail map would clarify this). Some confusion so I followed a feeder trail along river's rock ledge to get back to the falls where the red trail was easy to find. Otherwise too crowded on a this Sunday; best to try on a weekday.

hiking
2 months ago

For a trail that's marked as easy, it's not very clearly marked. And you need the right footwear, sneakers won't cut it.The trail itself isn't hard it's just likely to be wet and muddy. Plan on your dog being messy when you're done. It is peaceful and does have a nice little falls at the end.

Nice wooded trail along the river. Keep an eye out for the trail markers to avoid covering more distance than you expected.

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Orange trail not marked well and not maintained (3-4 foot tall brush with not even a deer trail to follow as you approach 115, ended up turning around). Falls were ok. Frequent mud puddles with logs placed as stepping stones (nice but not great for young kids and slippery when wet). Biggest drawback was too many people in large groups on the trail that didn’t understand trail etiquette. Difficult to enjoy the serenity of the trail with people on their cell phones, yelling,playing music, and blocking the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

fun little trail.

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muddy
4 months ago

Great trail for all levels. I take my kids (3&1) on this trail. The 3 year old handles the trail with ease, and the 1 year old is in a back pack. I try and do this trail once each season of the year.

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