Cold Run Extension Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Forksville, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall 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.

Length4.8 miElevation gain1,036 ftRoute typeLoop
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Cold Run Trail is a 1.5 mile extension of the Canyon Vista Trail. Access to the Cold Run Trail is from the new Canyon Vista Trailhead on PA 154, east of the park’s campground. Follow the Canyon Vista Trail clockwise .7 of a mile climbing the mountain to the signed lower trailhead of the Cold Run Trail. The blazes of Cold Run Trail are yellow. The Cold Run Trail continues the climb easing off as it merges with an old lumber road. The road gently weaves through the forest leading the trail to the Cold Run Vista. The view is eastward looking up the Loyalsock Creek valley and PA 154. The trail enters a downhill “serpentine” after which it begins its ascent of the Cold Run watershed. Sacagawea and Tendoy waterfalls, as well as a few smaller ones, are viewed as the trail parallels the stream. The trail crosses the west branch of Cold Run just below Tecumseh Falls. Continuing to climb the trail passes Aliquippa Falls just before it crosses the main branch of Cold Run. The trail once again passes Aliquippa Falls before ascending Aliquippa Rock which offers a view of Cold Run Falls. Leaving the rock the trail climbs, crosses the east branch of Cold Run, then levels off at .9 of a mile in a hemlock grove. The trail reaches the main branch of Cold Run, follows it downstream, crosses the stream, then arrives at Cold Run Falls. The trail turns away from the falls into a beech forest. Shortly the trail begins a descent of the west branch of Cold Run along various small cascades. The trail crosses the stream, twists through some rocks, follows a skid road before joining a wider lumber road. After the road levels out the trail veers left, passes Flynn Spring, then begins a climb up the hillside to an escarpment. The trail ventures through the rocks, through crevasses and even under Boulder Arch, a truck size slanted rock. The climb continues until leveling off in a young beech forest. The hike is gentle through the woods until it descends the escarpment then hugs the base of the rock. Another crevasse is encountered utilizing a few rock steps to enter the chasm. After the passage the trail suddenly arrives in a large “room” of ferns surrounded by separate sections of the escarpment. The trail abruptly ends at its upper trailhead intersection with the Canyon Vista Trail. The waterfalls on Cold Run Trail are best viewed during snow melt in the spring or within a few days after a significant rainfall. As with any trail in the winter, ice cleats are strongly recommended. Due to the areas fragile ecology please stay on the trail. Please respect the solitude and be mindful of other hikers.

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Forrest Shadowsoul
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HikingGreat!

Completely awesome trail. Little bit of everything from streams to rocks to calf crushing climbs. If you do the Canyon Vista trail , you must add the extra 1.5 so worth it.

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Kristen Moore
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Adam Bowersox
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Taelor Kellett
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HikingGreat!

Cold run is still very dry. No falls. Needs to rain. I found this trail to be moderate-difficult only because there’s a whole lot of ascending. I wouldn’t do it again because I found the views and surroundings underwhelming, but I’m so glad I got to do it once, so I do recommend everyone go check it out, and come to their own conclusions. Next time I’d just stay on the canyon vista trail loop and complete that instead because I really enjoyed that trail. I only stayed on the canyon vista trail until I got to the spur trail.

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Steve B
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Awesome hike with some great views It was dry so there were no falls

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Jerry Hoffman
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BackpackingGreat!

This was a good hike. We started at the park and went counterclockwise. Got the hills out of the way first. No waterfalls in the extended loop, too dry. oh well, we had a good day.

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Marco Nebb
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The Cold Run Spur is a great add-on to the Canyon Vista trail, but the uphills can be a bit rough

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Kurt Mueller
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HikingRocky

I did this trail with two of my friends and it was great. lots of photo ops around the trail and was very steep in some parts and it was labeled nicely

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Tina Deiter
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Absolutely beautiful trail that offers so much variety with the breathtaking overlooks, creeks and waterfalls and the boulders and rock garden are not something you find on hikes very often. One of my favorite hikes. We did it counter clockwise, we mapped it as 6 miles on our GPS. Will definitely do this one again. It is definitely moderate.

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Kristy Heintzelman
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Beautiful overlooks, clearly marked paths although we were unsure of whether to take the Loyalsock Trail at some points. Enjoyed the rock gardens at the top. Can’t wait to hike this trail again.

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kayla markley
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HikingBugsMuddy

This trail was great. it was a little muddy and steep at times. Also, you have to cross a waterfall twice. I dont reccomend for younger children or dogs, but overall was a great trail

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Isaiah Brader
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Michael Sheets
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HikingMuddy

second time in a week doing this trail. not alone today. loved every minute of it. views, waterfalls, and the river!

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Michael Sheets
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

I'd say this Trail has a lot to offer. there are plenty of breathtaking rock formations to crawl on and under, beautiful waterfalls, and several amazing Vistas. this is a must hike Trail. it took me a little under 5 hours to complete, but there was much stopping and picture taking along the way.

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Dennis Crapser
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HikingIcy

I've been wanting to hike this for a couple years so friend of mine joined me. I was trying to follow the alltrails map. Which is wrong. It fails to show Canyon Vista Trail crossing Cold Run Road and then Crossing it back again. we backtracked looking for a trail on the lower side of the road and not finding one we walk the road until the LT crossed the trail. We hiked it down yet and found the Canyon Vista Trail then hiked it out to Cold Run Trail. Lesson learned, follow someone's recording. other than that it was a great hike love the boulders and the Frozen waterfalls. Next time hiking it clockwise.

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Lakeland Nidhatak
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A beautiful spring like day. We only saw two people and saw them twice. Cold Run Trail was snow and ice free. Canyon vista was snow free but a large section of ice on the old road that climbs towards Warren's Window. An excellent day for a hike.

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Lakeland Nidhatak
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Michele Hetler
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Beautiful trail. Started at Canyon Vista, blue blaze and decided to take a detour on the Cold Run Extension Loop for an extra 1.5 miles. You’d be crazy not to do it. Beautiful falls, streams and the boulders were incredible! Beautiful scenery. I’d definitely do this hike again!

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Sam Rome
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Susan Hill
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Have hiked the park trails many times so was pleased to discover a new one. The trail was well marked and had an overlook, stream with waterfalls and ended in a rock garden. I would highly rate this new find. Like all trails in this area it’s rocky and has steep parts but located in one of the most beautiful forests in the state

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Helen O'Hare
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We stopped in the Worlds End park office to get a map of the Cold Run extension and World End map. The Ranger recommended that we park on 154 in a lot marked canyon vista trail. We entered the blue blazes trail and decided to go up first and leave the stroll along the creek as a reward for last. The cold run extension did have several small water falls but our favorite part was the big boulders. The boulders continued into the canyon vista trail. The vista was a rewarding view at the top. Overall the trail was excellently marked and in great condition. We even met Warren (of Warrens window) who maintains the trail as a volunteer. Thanks again Warren! When we visited morning of Sunday on Labor Day weekend we had the trail to ourselves.

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Kelsey Goodenough
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HikingBugs

My friend and I completed this trail mid-August and thoroughly enjoyed it! We competed the trail counter clockwise and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. While the trail was buggy at times, it was mostly a shaded hike with well marked trails. The cold loop extension was a good challenge, but we enjoyed the unique features of the trail; fantastic rock formations, a few fern rooms, and the possibility of a few waterfalls (there was no running water when we visited). My app recorded the tail to be 5.79 miles and we completed it in 4 hours (including a lunch break).

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Kylie Jo
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in my opinion, this is the perfect trail. Clear markings, vistas, waterfalls, and gorgeous rock formations. it has it all!

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Julie Hancher
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Really enjoyed this offshoot of the Canyon Vista trail.

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Julie Hancher
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Really enjoyed this offshoot of the Canyon Vista trail.

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Julie Hancher
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Really enjoyed this offshoot of the Canyon Vista trail.

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