Balanced Rock Viewing Area

EASY 28 reviews
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Balanced Rock Viewing Area is a 0.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Todd Township, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.1 miles
42 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

rock climbing






wild flowers



29 days ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

nice place to visit. not difficult at all. great scenery.

4 months ago

I haven't the slightest as to why this is labeled hard. Honestly it is a simple series of trails coming together in a beautiful area. This is a perfect place to take the family or friends. It's usually heavily trafficked and if you connect the trails you get under ten miles and most lead back to balance rock so you won't really get lost.

9 months ago

Great trails. Elevation changes, rock formations, suspension bridge, overlooks, and other features that make the hike interesting. Close to Raystown Lake.

9 months ago

Great trail! The trail is short but you can connect to other trails to make the hike longer. it's definitely busy and I can see why. There's a suspension bridge in the beginning... certainly an experience and then stone stairs up to the balancing rock. Some of the trial is narrow and high up.. caution recommended.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I have hiked this trail my whole life. the begining is very easy over the bridge and to the falls after that it turns into steps up to balanced rock. the entire way is beautiful but very heavily trafficked. if you want solitude try boulder trail. it connects to 2 or 3 other trails in the park. the map at the rangers station is very helpful. my mother and father actually got married on the bridge at rainbow falls. :)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Interesting nature feature.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Beautiful and relaxing

Monday, September 21, 2015

According to the map of the park, there are 11 named hiking trails. I started at the car park at the beginning of the Copperas Rock Trail which will take you up to the Rhododendron Trail (on the map) but called the ledges trail according to the sign. At the end of this trail you can head over to the Balanced rock (see photo) and then down to the suspension bridge (another photo). Crossing the bridge puts you onto the Boulder trail which leads to the Laurel Run Trail which will loop you back to your car. The entire route is about 4 miles. You can drive further into the park for additional trails.

Trails are not well marked so highly recommend you get the map for the park.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Really enjoyed the Rainbow Falls and Balancing Rock, very cool rock formations. Saw the most amazing blue warbler ever!
Downside, we stayed at Lake Raystown Resort, and were warned to either bring our firearm or a big stick along on our hike, because copperheads have been seen. Big sticks were plentiful, but then we were a little edgy on the hike, not only about the snakes but wondering if other hikers were packing. But didn't see either and it was in the middle of July!

Monday, September 01, 2014

I hiked a loop through the park that's described in "50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania", about 7 mi. that took in most of the well known features of the park. Trail maintenance and blazing are spotty, as mentioned in other reviews. There are some nice trails here along with interesting history. The view from Brumbaugh trail is obscured by leaves in the summer.

Monday, August 19, 2013

This is the crown jewel of Trough Creek Park. It has everything! Well, a lot of sights at least.

Monday, August 19, 2013

This is now my favorite park! The trails are beautiful. (Most of them) The park is beautiful. I really want to come back but it is 300 miles from home so we will see.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 18, 2013

This is the real deal! Real country roads and real beautiful scenery.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 18, 2013

It was indeed a beautiful ride. The first picture is the quaint little inn that I had lunch at.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

This is the most popular trail in the park. Unless you demand solitude, this trail earned every one of it's five stars. Few trails anywhere offer so much in such a short distance. After a pleasant short descent you come to the CCC built suspension bridge. Already something interesting on such a short trail. Once across Great Trough Creek a right turn takes you up to Abbot Run and Rainbow Falls. Rainbow Falls is small but pretty. There is a bench to enjoy Rainbow Falls. Then up the CCC built stone steps overlooking Abbot Run and finally ending in the Balanced Rock area. Be careful with your children on the stone steps. They are uneven, different heights and it would be a nasty fall to the rocks in Abbot Run below. This trail can be looped or continued on with several other trails.