Bruce Lake Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews

Bruce Lake Natural Area Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Greentown, 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
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
380 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

The worst hike I've ever done.... it started out ok around the Egypt meadow path but once we got onto the lake trail, it went south fast. The trail was very boring up to Bruce lake as it was pretty much a gravel road with some grass. Then we reached the Bruce Lake "trail." It was so overgrown for miles we would have been lost without the sporadic trail markers. The plants were waist deep for the majority of the time and you couldn't see where you were stepping. We're talking Forrest Gump "rain coming from underneath" amounts of foliage. At points we had to stop because we could hear bears walking through the woods and our suspicions were confirmed by bear tracks and feces. Once our survival was more certain and we escaped from the underbrush, we found that we had ticks all over our selves..... We will NOT be doing this one again.

1 month ago

Can enter area from several locations. Egypt Lake entrance is more rocky hiking around lake but beautiful. If you follow 390 down farther to Bruce Lake trail the path is smoother. About 1.5 mile hike to Egypt lake or 2.5 to Bruce Lake. Both beautiful.

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1 month ago

Great trail until going around lake (like other reviews). Turns into a deer path loaded with ticks.
Could be so nice, but neglected.

hiking
1 month ago

Anyone attempting to "work" on the trail should register with either the Keystone Trails Association or DCNR as a volunteer rather than take matters into their own hands. Proper tools are available for volunteers and it allows the bureau to keep a record of what work is done and possibly allocate resources to assist if known about. Hacking your way through the state forest is actually illegal and could get you cited by the rangers for destruction of public property and state resources. Add to the fact that it is a natural area and you may unknowingly harm sensitive vegetation. There are eight plant species, one butterfly species, and four communities of concern in the natural area. If you don't know what they are, it would be ill advised to just start randomly cutting stuff down.

6 months ago

Great hike

11 months ago

The trail is secluded, blueberries line the east side of the lake. Wear pant as the trails are overgrown. West side is horrible and not cared for. Chest high vegetation for approx 0.75 miles. Looks like a deer path. I plan to take time next year and try to clean it up myself as state park staff can not do it.

hiking
11 months ago

Completed Bruce lake in August 17' The hike was pretty lax and beautiful on the way to the lake. You pass through a cool rhododendron forest half way there. Once starting the loop around the lake you'll notice the trail only comes close the the lake with views at the apex, otherwise it's 100 to 200 yards from the banks. The reason for the three stars is for the condition of the trail. Over grown with blue berry bushes on the east side that come up waist high... annoying but doable. The west side was so bad you felt like you weren't even on a trail for approx 1 whole mile. Overgrown brush up to your chest/neck. You just have to push through it.

I'm going up next year and taking a machete to hack back the overgrowth. I highly recommend anybody taking this trail wear pants and take a machete. If everyone helps out a little it could be a great 4-5 star path. I found out it's managed by the state forestry department and they just don't have the time or volunteers to keep it in top shape.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Did Egypt Meadow trail with my two kids and wife. Kids are 7 and 5. Beautiful hike. Some nice views of the lake when there was clearing from the trees. Took almost 2 hours. Stopped for a little snack.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

We agree with others that trail is definitely overgrown in some areas around the lake, so pants are a good idea. The blueberries along the whole lake trail are delicious.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Backside trail very overgrown. Lake was beautiful though

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great trail! Loaded with ripe blueberries and black bear! Came across two mothers with their cubs in separate occurrences. Gets your adrenalin pumping for sure. A great mix of about 6' wide trails and then lots of thicket. Highly recommended.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Did Bruce lake trail to West Branch Bruce trail back to parking... 7.25 miles. Trail starts out wide and then narrows to a deer path. Good hike! Warning: wear long pants the path is overgrown and narrow!

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Nice easy wide well maintained trail for hiking.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Great afternoon walk

hiking
Saturday, February 06, 2016

Nice place. Will get back there in the spring/summer time . For those who afraid to get wet their feet - on the north part of the Egypt Meadow Lake - no bridge, and you have to walk across the stream. In summertime it must be fun.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

8.2 miles beautiful hike some parts by the lake could be muddy especially after rain

walking
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Awesome trail on a fall day

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Enjoyed this beautiful trail a few times since it's close to home. I always bring my hiking staff since I've had to move a snake or two off the trail & measure depth before crossing after a big rain storm. Always a fun trail

hiking
Thursday, May 22, 2014

This a very easy hike for the most part but along the backside of the lake there was a lot of mud and water the day we were there. Also there is a lot of blueberry bushes. All in all this would be a great beginner trail no real elevation gain.

hiking
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I accessed the Bruce Lake Trail from a parking lot just north of Promised Land State Park.The trail is about 2.5 miles and passes through aforestofRhododendron,Mountain Laurel (PA. State Flower)Hemlock,Oak,Beech,and Witch-Hazel.There are two bodies of water,being Egypt Meadow Lake (man-made),then Bruce Lake (glacial).It was a warm day,typical of Autumn Summer so I sat for a while on the bridge at the E.M.L.'s dam breast,basking in the sun.No hurry,no worries.For those camping at Promised Land,
you can also access Bruce Lake,but the hike is like 9.5 miles.You may fish at the lakes,
but you may not camp there.



hiking
Friday, January 20, 2012

Excellent hike in a park laden with many trails for all variety of hikers, here you can basically do as much or as little as you want and you;ll still see some great sights. A note of caution, plan ahead which trails you want to hike, you can quite easily wander off one trail and onto another much longer trail. All in all good fun.

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