Balanced Rock Viewing Area

EASY 46 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.

DISTANCE
0.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
16 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

25 days ago

Excellent trail for a quick walk. Beautiful views of rock formations, water, and small coves. Easy hike for kids (my 4.5 y/o loved it). keep going past balancing rock and end up at a nice spot in the river with a slow whirl pool. great views

hiking
2 months ago

What a neat geological attraction! I enjoyed the beauty of the CCC stone stairs, which I think add a lot to the scenic beauty of this trail-especially next to rainbow falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike .. kid friendly. Beautiful scenic route and the balanced rock outlook is breathtaking.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a rainy day so the rock helped us stay dry during a downpour. One trail sign was broken, so we had to guess which way to go. The other trails in that area were more fun.

hiking
6 months 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

10 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 .

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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. :)

walking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Interesting nature feature.

walking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Beautiful and relaxing

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 19, 2013

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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

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