Blue Marsh Trail

HARD 69 reviews

Blue Marsh Trail is a 23.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Leesport, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
23.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2998 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

skiing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
12 minutes ago

MM5-11 This is a tough trail in the middle of November! And very enjoyable. There are some pretty major hill climbs on this one! My Fitbit clocked it somewhere around 200 flights of stairs. Definitely the toughest terrain so far and also the most difficult trail to follow. Wear your boots and check your map!

hiking
13 days ago

MM 0-5 today. Pretty smooth for the first 2 1/2 miles then things get rough between three and five so get ready to climb some hills! Nice trail. Follow the white arrows and you’ll be fine and as always, consult your map!

mountain biking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

I am doing this trail in sections. Today I did mile marker 29 through 26 (yes, I went backwards!) This part of the trail has some fairly significant inclines. I highly suggest that you have a trail map with you. There are a few confusing points but if you have a map then even when you get lost you will know where you are!

If you’re hiking in the rainy season hiking boots and a walking stick are also helpful. The trail is narrow in places and slippery/muddy. There are also lots of exposed rocks.

However, there are a couple spots with some really super views out over the lake! All in all, a very peaceful section but definitely not a casual Sunday stroll. I started from the Stilling Basin stone lot and worked my way back to mile 26.

hiking
19 days ago

rails trails
1 month ago

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trail running
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3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Super long day but you hike along the lake, creeks, up and down big hills in a forest setting and through miles of farmland. Get to see a bit of everything. Pay attention at the different roads and side trails, easy to end up off trail for a bit.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty quiet and low traffic for hiking with your dog !

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Great mountain bike day adventure!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Started at the visitor center (1268 Palisades Dr, Leesport, PA 19533) and hiked around Blue Marsh Lake in one day!

The main trial is well-marked and maintained with mile markers for every mile, and is for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. But there are other trails, so pay attention to prevent making a wrong turn.

The trail passes through meadows and forest and includes wooden bridges, which cross over many streams feeding into the lake. There are also small parts made of gravel road as part of the trail joins with a rail trail.

The entire loop is 29.7 miles. My hike was 32.4 miles because of making a wrong turn. Determined to officially complete the whole trail, I looped around back to where I made the wrong turn.

Features of the trail:
- Multiple places to park around the lake.
- Good trail map: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Portals/39/docs/Civil/Blue_Marsh/trail%20map.pdf.
- Many things to do at Blue Marsh Lake.
- Wildflowers were in bloom during my hike.
- Variety of scenery and difficulty.
- Awesome vista at State Hill Boat Launch entrance.