Beltzville State Park Christman/Falls/Cove Ridge Trails

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Beltzville State Park Christman/Falls/Cove Ridge Trails is a 4.2 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

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. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. 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.

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2 days ago

Thanks to the directions in the previous reviews I was able to find this trail and go right to the falls. It's a nice hiking area. Bring orange during hunting season. Nice waterfall and trail along creek.

2 months ago

Loved this. Beautiful scenery and a water fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Signage to the entrance to the trails are terrible. Signs are very small . If you plan to hike the Christman/Falls/Cove Ridge just be aware that the entrances to the trails are about 3 miles before the beach entrance. Look for the sign on the left side of the road if you are driving towards the lake/beach area. a nice hike if you take the white trail. Look for the "Wild Creek Trail" sign. Once there, you will see a white/blue trail and a yellow trail. The yellow trail is s shorter trail the loops and is away from the falls. If you go towards the white/blue trail, it will lead you to the falls. The blue trail is the trail that will take you directly to the fall and back, probably little over a mile to and from the falls. After you look at the falls and follow the white trail, this trail will take you down the edge of the lake in a big loop. The lake is somewhat visible, but mostly tree covered and cannot get too close to the edge. Some areas are steep and slippery due to layers of pine needles and leaves. The trails are not beautiful and does not have breathtaking vistas, but it's a very nice peaceful hiking trail. The white trail is a little over 4 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

The Christman Trail head is down the road a little further past the Wild Creek trail head. If you want to see the falls use the wild creek and follow the blue/white trail. I took the Christman trail and realized that to see the falls I had to use the blue trail and loop back around to the orange to complete it. The falls are beautiful and a great place to sit for a while and soak up nature. This was a pretty good place to go, if your looking for a nice walk the complete yellow trail is nice...more adventure do the blue or white. It's hard there are no trail maps here nor did I really find any on line, but the trails are very well marked.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

lovely walk, nothing dramatic, but handsome hemlocks, nice tree-framed lake views, thousands of mushrooms of all shapes and colors when we did this yesterday. Clear blazes on trail.

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3 months ago

3 months ago

I love this trail. It's the perfect hike. I've hiked the blue and yellow blazes. These trails loop back around so you don't have to back track. For parts of it, you are in the woods and other parts of the trail is wider and more of a grassy path (still in the woods, but a much more open area). There is a beautiful area where water pours down some rocks into a pool of water and creek on the blue blaze and on the yellow blaze you get a view of the lake through the trees.

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4 months ago

The trail was wonderful, very natural and rustic. The waterfall was relaxing and peaceful. The only negative, being a need distinguishing between the blue and white trails at their intersection.

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4 months ago

Great hike with our two dogs; not hard at all but had some good elevation changes near the falls. Easy to find and navigate. Only trail that was hard to find was the one along the water after the bridge (when you make a right). Could have just been overgrown. Nicely shaded too.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Great Hike. Just enough distance and difficulty for
A midday break as we travel across PA. Lots of different options ..paths you can take. There was pine forests and sunny paths along wild flower fields. Lots of wild raspberries too. Really enjoyed water fall and lake. If you don't know what poison Ivy looks like, learn before you go or stay on the middle of path.

PS Does anyone else see a turtle crawling out from under the falls.

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