Cowan's Gap: Plessinger and Cameron Trail

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Cowans Gap State Park

Cowan's Gap: Plessinger and Cameron Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mc Connellsburg, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.9 miElevation gain679 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowers
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownWashed out

Give this 4 stars mostly for the Plessinger Trail part of it which is very scenic stroll all along Little Aughwick Creek. It wasn't too bad at the time I did it, but noticed definite potential for very muddy conditions. There was one spot where the water had washed over the trail a bit and had to go around. Very pretty trail though and easy enough to follow with the yellow blazing. I would not bother at all with Cameron trail unless you are looking to intentionally work your heart nice and hard. It is extremely steep, grown in, had lots of blow down and you aren't going to see much at the top. There are interesting large rocks up there and can peek through some pines toward the west for a limited view, but that's about it. Definitely would not recommend in warmer seasons.

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Tom Reed
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This should be called Cowans Gap Trails (plural) There are a number of trails within the park so, depending on your fitness level and amount of time you want to spend out in the woods, you can combine a number of trails. Keep in mind, some of the trails take you up to the top of Tuscarora or Cove Mountains which means the ascents can be steep. I gave this trail a five-star since the trails were well marked and well maintained. Enjoy.

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Bryan Wolfinger
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I did this trail with my 6 y/o son. The trail is easy and well marked. I have been going to Cowan's Gap since I was a little boy, but never walked the trail. The trail is approx 2 miles and goes completely around the lake. Cowan's Gap is a man made lake built during the Great Depression. It has a swimming area and camping, which are the two big draws to the park. If you live near by and want to have a weekend of swimming and mild hiking, I recommend it. The park is clean and well maintained.

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Hillary Brown
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Annette Merriman
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Kimberly McGrain
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Timothy Burnham
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