Big Roundtop Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Germantown, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 921 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


over grown
1 month ago

VERY VERY WRONG!!!! It seems as though the reviews and rating of this trail are not completely accurate. There is two different starting points for the trail. The one starts in the Tuscarora forest where it’s broken off of the Barnhart trail. The other is a parking area at the top of the mountain, tucked into the sharp curve off of Route 274. If you start at the top and only hike back to the McCaskey graves, then it is quite simple and good for all skill sets. That part out and back to the same parking area is about 1.5 miles with 0.75 miles one way. The other part of the trail however starts at the bottom off of hemlock rd and splits off of the barnhardt trail where it very quickly begins a sharp incline. It take you about .7 miles straight up the side of the mountain to meet up with the other side of the trail at the graves. However, this part is NOT AT ALL easy or appropriate for all skip sets. It’s definitely classified as hard and very difficult. Bring plenty of water and good, sturdy hiking shoes because there’s plenty of spaces for your feet to slide with how steep it is. The beginning of the trail is very muddy and wet, that only lasts about 20 ft, then you meet a tiny spring, then the road continues straight but there is a red flame on the right to tell you to cut off and go onto the trail there. Soon after you will come to a sign where you can either continue on barnhardt or go up Big Mountain. That’s the start of the trail from the bottom which entails well over 1000 ft elevation gain and if quite thick in many spots with some thorn covered vines scattered about. If you take the treck the whole way up, past the graves, out to the road, and all the way back down, then you will total about 3.2 miles all together. So this whole listing is wrong. If you were to start at route 274 and make it to the graves, there are no clear markings to continue on the trail but if you come the graves on your right, the trail cuts to the left and soon you will see a red marker. This would probably be difficult though. I would definitely suggest starting at the bottom and getting the climb over with and then you’ll also know which direction to head back down. Anyways... the trail is tough but really neat and tucked away. We happened upon a porcupine which was neat. He scurried quickly away into some rocks. Climbing up was very difficult but feels awesome when you make it to the top!

8 months ago

no look out, but beautiful hike

Sat Apr 06 2019

I did a loop. First. This trail is steep. Good old pa straight up after the little switchback teaser at the beginning. Second. If you follow my trail. There is a non mark/ kinda blazed a part to make a loop but kinda made a trail as u went to mark un parts. And try to find my golf ball on that part

Tue Apr 11 2017

Not much in the way of things to see. Quiet hike but a bit boring.