Fred Woods Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Emporium, Pennsylvania and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain301 ftRoute typeLoop
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Bret Bemis
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Awesome trail! The walkways through the stone are otherworldly. Just a heads up - Mason Hill Road is a relatively steep and rocky dirt mountain road. You’ll be on it for a couple miles.

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Forrest McConville
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Martin Noon
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Kacey H.
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Kelley Fuller
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Jeff Marshall
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Trip to see elk and hike. No elk on the hike but a lot of fantastic rocks and overlooks. Trail is easy elevation wise but stony in places. The temps. were in the low 70s and the rocks were sweating and slippery in places. The trail starts as a 3/4 mile hike to a large sign where the Fred Woods loop starts. We went counterclockwise which gets you to the huge rocks quicker. The rocks are incredibly huge and some have paths leading into long fissures. One could spend a lot of time exploring all the rocks and there are side paths leading everywhere around them. Only saw one small garter snake. After the rocks there are a couple very nice vistas although it was so humid that the views were pretty hazy and the fall colors had peaked a week earlier. Great trail and will definitely be doing it again!

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Reed Salony
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Relatively flat trail with 2 amazing views and cool rock formations. We hiked left at the loop because it was the longer part. Seems like everyone else went the opposite direction. Be sure to check out Rock Trail!

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Kathryn Tillotson
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Holly Selby
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4.5 loop plus .75 in and out

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Jeremy Hart
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This was a very nice hike with 2 great vistas (plus a bonus vista nearby), cool rock formations and beautiful trail thru the woods. Getting there: The road up the mountain is a dirt road and a bit narrow at times but if you take it slow you'll be fine. When you get to the fork, Fred Woods Trail is to the left (but keep the right turn in your mind for the way back). After driving on the dirt road for awhile you may feel like you missed the trailhead but you most likey didn't. Parking will be on your right (it's a small area) and the trailhead will be on the left. Hiking: It's a short .7 mile hike to get to the beginning of the loop. We went left and hiked thru woods and ferns until we reached the first vista: Huckleberry Vista. We continued on and reached the 2nd vista: Water Plug Vista. Both had very nice views. Following the vistas you come to the Rock Trail area. There were sections that were a bit confusing but we were always able to find a blaze and get back on the trail. It was then just a short hike back to the beginning of the loop and back to the parking area. Other Info: We brought our dog who is about 12 yrs old and he managed the hike just fine. We hiked on a Tuesday and only saw two other couples during our hike so the whole hike was pretty much in solitude. Finally, remember the fork in the road coming up the mountain? On your way out, turn left and head up to Bucktail Overlook for an AMAZING bonus vista... literally 360° views. So worth the extra few minutes.

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Josh Taylor
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Great trail. Well marker. Fantastic views.

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Cariana Glessner
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good trail! nice views

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Lindsay Barton
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Matt Swisher
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Awesome trail! This relatively flat trail traverses the top of the mountain through a beautiful hardwood forest and some great rock formations. The trail gets a bit rocky, particularly on the second half but it offers some of the best views I have ever experienced. Indeed, this trail must be breathtaking in autumn. Getting to the trailhead is a little bit of a pain as it is at the top of the mountain on a dirt road. This is one of my favorite trails, hands down. Update: I just hiked this trail again in late September and it truly is breathtaking when the leaves have changed.

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Matt Swisher
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Awesome trail! This relatively flat trail traverses the top of the mountain through a beautiful hardwood forest and some great rock formations. The trail gets a bit rocky, particularly on the second half but it offers some of the best views I have ever experienced. Indeed, this trail must be breathtaking in autumn. Getting to the trailhead is a little bit of a pain as it is at the top of the mountain on a dirt road. This is one of my favorite trails, hands down. Update: I just hiked this trail again in late September and it truly is breathtaking when the leaves have changed.

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David Williams
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Jimmy Hernandez
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Carol Pritt
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This was the first of hopefully many trails that my family and I will utilize with this app. I don’t really know how many stars to give it because I don’t know what I’m comparing it to. My four year old completed this loop with just a little bit of whining toward the home stretch, so I know that four miles or less will be our target in the future. My kids really enjoyed climbing over the huge boulders and we adults enjoyed the views

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Ted Na
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easy to moderate trail. Great for kids that can do 4 miles. Beautiful scenery, but overlooks were unimpressive.

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David Senior
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Trail is nice, at the fork I recommend going left not right... to complete the loop

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Joseph Core
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Derek Conan
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Shawn Garthwaite
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Janine Rider
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ROBERT FLECK
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a must do trail for the whole family.

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Maria Muresan
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Two beautiful looks outs of you stay on the main loop. Not a hard hike but was very rocky and roots so it was a rougher terrain but I will take that over steep inclines any day :) Really cool rock formations with some old name and dates carved into them.

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Maria Muresan
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Very rocky and roots, no super steep inclines which was nice though, beautiful views.

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Nina Sakers
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This trail I feel is a great beginner trail, not much incline and amazing rock formations and vistas. Definitely will go back. Greatly enjoyed this trail. The trail head is way out on a dirt road.

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Kim McGinnis
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Absolutely awesome trail! Beautiful and easy! I would not consider this moderate. Blazed well! I would definitely return. Hiked counterclockwise.

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Mike Minda
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