Gerard Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Gerard Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cornplanter, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a great hike. There are some amazing vista along this trail along with a few waterfalls. You can backpack this trail but camping is only allowed at the shelters. The shelters are very nice structures that have built in fireplaces. There is wood available for a donation. There are cross connectors that will allow you to do smaller loops. One of the cool things about this trail is the history of Oil Creek. You can see a lot of the old equipment used during the oil boom. Museum is closed on Mondays.

hiking
8 days ago

It took me about 6 hours to do this trail in the snow with poor weather conditions.

When you arrive in the parking lot with GPS walk under the blockade that prevents motorized vehicles from being on the path. Once your on that path you will come to a sign that points to the right that says Cow Run. Follow the sign until it comes to a T with a road. Go left until you come to the small cabins. To do the trail clockwise look between the restrooms and the woodpile lean to for the yellowish/orange markings on the trees.

It’s a *very* well marked trail once you find it and get on it. I had trouble finding the beginning of the trail near the restrooms and lean to.

There are some fun bridges along with beautiful scenery and a creek on this trail. I really enjoyed it.

hiking
2 months ago

Be wary, the Museum is closed on Mondays.

trail running
4 months ago

I don’t know where the description gets 36 miles but if you are looking for a full loop of the Girard hiking trail from trailhead to trailhead (starting at the Drake well museum trailhead) it’s about 26.5-27 miles with about 4600 feet of elevation gain/loss depending on what you use to track your hike/run. If you want a smaller loop you can do a five mile loop and there’s also a 12 mile loop option.

These are my favorite trails to run (I live 1 hour away) and you can’t beat the gorgeous views. Some parts of the trail are technical with roots and rocks but quite a bit of it is runnable. It is also very well marked so it’s difficult to get lost. I STRONGLY recommend that if you’re in the area and looking for a scenic run/hike/walk that you come here!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great hike. There are some amazing vista along this trail along with a few waterfalls. You can backpack this trail but camping is only allowed at the shelters. The shelters are very nice structures that have built in fireplaces. There is wood available for a donation. I believe you can also tent camp at the shelters but please check with the park office. I believe reservations are required. I hiked this trail on 3 different days. There are cross connectors that will allow you to do smaller loops. One of the cool things about this trail is the history of Oil Creek. You can see a lot of the old equipment used during the oil boom.

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