Christman, Falls, and Cove Ridge Trails

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Beltzville State Park

Christman, Falls, and Cove Ridge Trails is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lehighton, Pennsylvania that features a lake 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length5.3 miElevation gain298 ftRoute typeLoop
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Beltzville State Park has several trails, with these three grouped together, a 5+ mile loop on the northeast side of the lake, located near Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Christman is a 2.5mi loop, relatively flat, with a .5 mile alternate route down a ravine. It may also be biked or skied. Falls and Cove Ridge trails are moderately more difficult, with some rocky terrain heading up past the waterfalls, and a steep, but short, climb beyond.

There are two trailheads: Christman, shown on the map, and Wild Creek, a about half a mile further up the road.

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Candice G
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Clean trail but could have been marked better. Pretty waterfalls & lake.

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Shannon DeCorrevont
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Warning: Upper loop not well marked to get on. Follow white blazes.

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Michael Decorrevont
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The large back loop is off according to GPS, follow white blazes. Great views.

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Kate DeSisto
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Sooooo... this was lovely. A solid walk. I’m not sure that 2 medium hills qualify as “moderate” but we enjoyed the sights, a few little detours, and the dog was psyched to find all the sticks in and around the water. Would do again.

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Vladimir Van Dyke
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Natalie Smith
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Positives: the lake is gorgeous, and waterfalls are gorgeous! There is a good variety of terrain and the pines are really nice to walk through. Negatives: the first “loop” isn’t very interesting, the trail blazes (especially in first loop) are inconsistent, and the lake views (unless you go off the route here) are peekaboo only , no direct access to the lake. Very dog friendly! Tips: do the second loop clockwise so you get the good lake views at the end - otherwise your return trip is pretty boring. On the first loop, take one of the unmarked old access road paths down to the lake. Instead of hopping right on the white (second loop) follow the blue trail (not included in this app’s route) to see the waterfalls upstream.

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Grace Lienhard
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I liked it but the bottom loop is very confusing and I couldn’t find the rest of it so I had to turn around and walk back.

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Troy Grainer
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Ashley Tomasko
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A few swampy areas but not too bad. A few spots where blazes were sparse and had to backtrack. Clean trail with few people, a nice afternoon hike!

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James Bova
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Michael Ruiz
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jessica holmes
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Susan Escue
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This trail has it all waterfalls, pines and a footbridge. The rhododendrons are everywhere. Loved it! Water was still somewhat frozen in places and a few patches of snow. So pretty

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Elizabeth Allen
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Danielle Drosnock
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Josh Pesin
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Jaime Devereaux
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Tracy Antonioli
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Beautiful and empty on a snowy week day. Last part of the loop down by the stream is muddy right now but that’s to be expected. It’s still passable. Will return.

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Fran Lawn
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Peaceful hike.

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keif b
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Amit Mistry
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Lfebs User
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Great day for a hike

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Kris Anderson
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Nice relaxing hike.

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Vladimir Maksimovich
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Very pleasant hike, picturesque trail, good exercise.

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Brandon Reichert
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Aside from the falls there’s nothing dazzling about the trails in this loop. Now, that’s not too say I didn’t like it. Well maintained trails good for an easy hike to clear the head. People tend to mill around the first mile or so so the rest of the trail was empty. All in all. An average hike.

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Leocadio Garza
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Mary Mckenna
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This was an easy trail with a great view. I didn't realize that this trail connected to other ones so next time we'll do the full trail.

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Jeff P
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Played hooky with my daughter (14 yrs old) and hiked the trail midweek (Nov 17th). Didn't see a soul while on the trail. Directions take you to the start of the Christman trail, but there is no parking at all. Go 1/4 mile further down Pohopoco Dr, and there is a small parking lot (10+ cars) and a small path to the main trail from the parking lot. Starting out from Christman trail, you go on the blue or yellow trails to get to the back of the lake which is the white trail. The first two trails (Blue / Yellow) where poorly marked and good thing we had this App to find out where we had drifted off the original trails. Rocky trails in certain areas, grassy trails in other areas; nothing overly demanding in terms of vertical climbing. Can be muddy in some areas, but there was areas to avoid and walk off the trails to avoid the mud. Overall a nice day on the trail with some great scenery.

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Kristine Kleckner
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Sharon Anderson
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The white trail was well marked and the trails are clean

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