Governor Dick Observation Tower Loop

MODERATE 95 reviews

Governor Dick Observation Tower Loop is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lebanon, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

3 days ago

Around perimeter then up the tower somehow gave me a fantastic 7 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a total of an EIGHT MILE loop (not 6.5). That last mile and a half left us in the dark. :(

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike. I hiked clockwise, which puts the moderate part more than half way in. Trails #13 and #15 were very enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

I did a little more than the suggested trail (total 7.5 miles), and I absolutely loved how well marked/blazed everything is. The tower itself was a little disappointing, mostly because I wasn't expecting to climb metal ladders all the way to the top (that wasn't the problem) infested by stink bugs! I barely stayed at the top, just because my face was being assaulted by the bugs.

It's most likely my fault that I went the day after it rained and when the weather was a little warmer than usual. Great trail though!

hiking
2 months ago

Was a good trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

it was a very pretty trail, relatively easy good for beginners, would hike it again.

trail running
4 months ago

Wow challenging but awesome. One of my first excursions in trail running. Loved it

5 months ago

Easy walking fun to climb the tower. My 3yo and 5yo went with my wife and I. Go Trail 2 going up and 1 coming back down.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Clearly marked trails with lots of options. The tower was challenging for me to climb only because I'm not a fan of tight spaces or heights but once at the top it made it all worth it. The views are nice!

8 months ago

Good mix on the South loop of boulders, hills and flat.

9 months ago

I was here on a rainy day but did the tower anyway and it was worth it. Saw a bird called a chukar partridge (which i had to look up, new to me) that was not afraid of humans and was just going for a walk as I was. I got like 10 feet away from it but it was quick on its feet and never flew.

hiking
9 months ago

I came to visit my friend in Lebanon with the family, nice weather today, definitely wanted to get out of the house, good place to break a sweat

10 months ago

Great place to hike with the dog or go mountain biking! Climb up the tower for a view of the valleys. Mountain biking is not really for beginners. Previous 1 star review should be removed because if you have some trail experience you can easily ride the entire loop without walking the bike! Beginner rail trail is located across or down the street depending where you park.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

My wife, stepson and I did the entire 6.5 mile loop, including a stop at the tower; it was moderately difficult because we hadn't hiked in awhile, however the challenge was enjoyable and the weather was perfect.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Easy access and great trails for hiking. Kids loved it.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

If you enjoy walking your bike often this is the trail for you. majority of trail is impassable while mounted on the bike due to high density of roots and loose rocks on the trail. This should not be listed as a bike trail. if it let me, i wouldn't even give it 1 star

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Cool trail

mountain biking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Excellent mix of difficulty. Watch when it rains as the rocks are very slick and try to run with lower tire pressures. Everytime I am in town I enjoy these trails. From the Nature Center go trail 15 to 13 to 5 to 9 to 6 to 5 to the end (I think, may have missed one.) Make sure you grab a map at the nature center - it helps a lot!

trail running
Saturday, July 23, 2016

I wanted a challenge, and I got it. some parts of the trails are easy with small rocks or dirt and others are very difficult with boulders, crevices, and twists and turns. Different trails for different wants and needs...perfect.

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