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Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area (Highland Trail)

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Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area

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

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running River Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky
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Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that the trail is not marked well.

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Reviews (383)
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Recordings (321)
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Matthew McManus
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Hiking

Nice trail. The falls are beautiful. A lot of the hike is near a highway though so the sounds of 18 wheelers are never far away.

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Carolann Whitesell
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Running

Well maintained but Poorly marked ):

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William Yiu
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery but part of the trails are poorly marked.

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Robb Kazenski
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Easy yet very beautiful hike! The kids enjoyed

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Kristie Barth
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Hiking

Great afternoon hike. I’d say an easy trail, beautiful fall colors and scenery!

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Frank Benedetto
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Well worth the trip!

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Victoria Leitgeb
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Hiking

Nice trail! Goes right along the river. There are picnic tables at one spot and many benches along the way. A lot of tree roots. Went in fall and it was beautiful!

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Donna Shea
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This was a scenic hike with many beautiful overlooks to the river. Along the way, you will find many areas with benches to sit and watch nature and the rambling water. This is a magical hike if done at the peak of fall colors with the river as a beautiful backdrop. There are many areas of slippery rocks, and roots, but overall worth the effort with so many pretty views. We hiked the red trail that followed along the river most of the way.

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Jeanine Mayer
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Decent moderate hike, some rough spots with the dogs otherwise dog friendly. A little to crowded for me but great views of the river.

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Kevin Serena
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Antonio User
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Nice picturesque hike and not very crowded. Do track the trail, its not well defined past the water fall.

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Jennifer Pascual
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Hiking

Great hike to do with small kids and newbies!

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Jay Prentice
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Hiking

Amazing walk with so much to see in only 2+ miles. Kids had a blast!

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Jon Stroop
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Steve frockowiak
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Good family trail

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Dawn Golon
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Mariana Bernui
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It was a very pretty area but there is no signage so we got off trail many many times. It needs better demarcation.

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Marino Pagan
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Eve Hellerick
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Hiking

Beautiful. Rocky & lots of roots in some areas, but nothing out of the ordinary for PA hiking. Trails are not clearly marked, I ended up off trails multiple times.

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wyatt robertson
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Hiking

Great shade from tall pines, lush ferns, Great water access with one beautiful small waterfall or large rapid. Many roots could be trip hazard concern to some.

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Robyn Sengelaub
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Really nice trail. lots of roots so you have to watch where you are going , but worth it. really nice spots to stop and enjoy. well marked by red reflectors on the tree. some muddy spots but you can get around them. busy for a Wednesday.

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Leocadio Garza
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Pete Albitz
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RunningMuddyRocky

Very solid trail. Think it should be rated moderate though. A lot of tree roots, rocks, and deep mud that would make it somewhat challenging for youngsters. Great views of the creek that has some small rapids in it. Ran this trail with my dog twice in 3 days. Probably better for hiking but enjoyed it. Only issue is it can be difficult at times to figure out if you are on the trail or not.

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Adam Japhet
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Lots of unmarked splits and off shoots makes it hard to stay on the trail. Not very interesting outside of the beginning and the small waterfall.

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Janel Rossetto
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Hiking

Perfect trail for small kids. Beautiful small waterfall with many ways to get into the water to cool off. Picnic tables at beginning and a third of the way in if you want to do picnic lunch. Easy parking lot.

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Andrew Bird
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I have been coming here for years and this year has been the worst. It is Overly crowded with Rude people who have no consideration for other people’s personal space or respect for fisherman who were peacefully enjoying the day. Why would you let your kids swim around fisherman with hooks then complain?Lastly the amount of trash people left behind is disheartening. If you pack your sh!t in, pack that sh!t out. If you are visiting Have some damn respect for the local lands and the people who clean up after you since you’re to lazy to clean up after your damn self.

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Chris DeBellis
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Great easy hike with scenic views.

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Meg J
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We lost a wallet on the trail today... please contact if you found one. We would so greatly appreciate it!!

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