Balanced Rock Viewing Area

EASY 37 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
16 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

rock climbing






wild flowers



1 month ago

Such a nice little hike, many other trails in the area to make a longer more challenging hike.. Balanced Rock viewing area was well worth seeing

5 months ago

Such a fun little hike. And what’s nice is that if you want a longer hike, there are several longer trails close by that attach to it. Highly recommended .

6 months ago

It was surprisingly very short, but an easy little hike. Falls didn't have too much water this time of year but it was beautiful none the less! Also, it's pretty close to some beautiful places near Raystown Lake.

8 months ago

This was a very nice hike. There are multiple trails that you can hike on with some very nice views along the way. I would say all the trails range from easy to moderate. A very nice place for hiking.

8 months ago

This is a perfect trail to take toddlers and young hikers on. Short with a lot of different sites and experiences-a suspension bridge, a waterfall, balanced rock, a few little bridges over the creek, and a rock beach where you can get in and swim around. The kids loved it and were able to walk the whole way. they never got bored because there was something new around every corner.

8 months ago

It was a short trail and very easy hike! (Almost too easy) We started at the suspension bridge, made our way past rainbow falls, and then ended up at balanced rock. There was a decent amount of people there. It made it hard to take pictures without other people in it.

9 months ago

I have hiked this many times. This is a nice and easy hike.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

Sunday, February 05, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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.

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. :)

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.

Friday, August 16, 2013

What a beautiful park!!!! I agree with the reviewer that said Brumbaugh was poorly marked and poorly maintained, but you cannot have it all. A couple of the other trails have poor maintenance in places. All in all, the more popular trails were well maintained and the "road less traveled" was the path less worn. There were also some very rocky areas. It is not the city, it is a beautiful natural area so a few obstacles are a small price. We did every trail in the park except Terrace Mountain; that will require an over-night backpack trip at my slow pace.

scenic driving
Thursday, August 15, 2013

This is a drive that will put you in a good mood all the way. It is back roads most of the way with views all the way.

scenic driving
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This is a beautiful ride through the mountains between two beautiful parks. We started the day off with rain and my the time we left on the ride it was beautiful.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Nice hike...nice views from balancing rock....fairly easy hike.....would recommend checking it out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I'm gonna preface this review with a few point. 1st, Trough Creek is a wondrously beautiful park. If you live in PA, or anywhere within driving range of this place, do yourself a favor and take a trip here. If you have the means or the time, stay at the Lodge. Cool place. Next point. No trail through any woods will ever get less than 3 stars from me. Just the fact that it's a trail in the woods earns a minimum rating of 3 .... Well ... unless Ninjas or zombies try to kill me and eat my brains. In that case, maybe a 2 ......

With that being said, Abbot Run Trail, Balanced Rock Trail, and Ledges Trail were all great hikes. I especially Ledges. Brumbaugh Trail, however , was a different story. The trail was poorly marked and VERY POORLY maintained. According to the DCNR map, Brumbaugh Trail is supposed to be an orange blaze, yet the markers (when there were any) were all yellow. The back side of the trail, past he zenith overlooking Raystown Lake was so horribally maintained that we spent a good deal of time staring at the map and guessing. In the end we found our way back down though so no real harm.

All in all Trough Creek is an amazing park. It is truly a natural abundance of awesomeness.

Monday, October 15, 2012

This was a really pretty area. Lots of trees, rocks, and a large stream that runs through the park. Very scenic tent camp sites nestled into the woods. The trails were not a loop though. There were a lot of trails under 1 mi. and a couple around two miles. We went in the fall and it was very pretty with all of the leaves turning. Only complaint... Some of the longer trails weren't maintained well.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A nice, short hike near Raystown Dam. We ended up here by chance, looking for a place to have a picnic after find Raystown packed to the gills. The trail climbs gentle switchbacks along one side of the valley carved by Trough creek and is rocky and uneven in places--mostly due to erosion and exposed tree roots. Nothing a good pair of light hiking boots or sturdy shoes can't handle. Nice forest probably makes for nice autumn color. Balanced rock is cool, and the rainbow falls actually had a rainbow. Lots of rocks for the kids to climb. We took our time and still finished the loop in 2 hours, running into about 4 other groups on a Saturday afternoon. Nice picnic areas, too. Make sure you see the natural refrigerator near the campground--on a hot day, you may want to sit there a while. Several connecting trails allow you to decide on the route that fits your needs and schedule. Some steep sections, but the short spurs to balanced rock and rainbow are short and simple.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pretty good place for a day trip. The two highlights are the Balanced Rock and Rainbow Falls. We took 5 hours to do some of the trails but we also stopped for pictures and ate.
Raystown Lake is just up the road so if your going there this is a great place to visit.

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