Hairy John Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodward, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 675 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

From Hairy John's picnic area parking lot follow the orange blazed mid-state trail north. The trail ascends gradually for about .75 miles followed by a short steep, and rocky, ascent. At the ridge top the mid-state trail goes right at the junction of Hairy John's and Winkleblech trails. Turn left and follow the red blazed, formally blue blazed, Winkleblech trail along the ridge top with occasional views through the trees on both sides. The trail is somewhat overgrown but well blazed and easy to follow acroos the narrow ridgetop. After 1.7 miles arrive at Winkleblech Mountain Rd. with excellent views south and east. Go left on Winkleblech Mountain Rd. and after .8 miles arrive back at Hairy John's picnic area.

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail. would recommend going left and walking up the road first so you go down the steeper rocky section, which would be more of a struggle to go up.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Ok trail, only 1.5’ wide the entire way (other then the road potion). Would NOT recommend to do in any season other than winter, as boulder section of the hike is a snakes paradise. Vegetation at the start of the trail and on top of the mountain is grossly overgrown; wouldn’t want to imagine how thick it is in the summer. Someone does do a good job caring for the trail and cuts up any down trees. Vista/view is nice. End of the trail is just on a road, would be nice if the old logging road that runs parallel to the road could be used for the trail as it’s more natural and cars won’t have you eating dust.

hiking
2 months ago

The actual trail head to the loop it’s self is hard to find. It follows along part of the mid state trail and the winklebleck trail, has a great vista view!

hiking
4 months ago

pretty nice trail. much easier if you go clockwise up the road. if you prefer an intense workout go cc. like others have said, the rocky terrain going down/up the ridge on the south east side is perfect rattle snake country. I'll stick to this one in the winter months.

hiking
10 months ago

The hike was ok. I found the place to be kind of creepy, to be honest. Truly a gauntlet of spider webs, today! On the relatively boring, straight line trek through the heavy brush on the top of Winklebleck Mountain, I found myself wondering about the strange name. Researched it when I got home to find out about the tragic story of “Hairy” John Voneida and the old ghost story associated with the spot. Just Google it, if you want to know. The Union Co Historical Society published a good, short, paper about the man and the legend. It’s kind of sad that the place bears the name that was used by the locals to taunt him...but I’m glad that he is at least in some way remembered.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Good hike overall. Rocky ascent is snake haven though. Beware in the warmer months where you step. Once on top be sure to make the left at the marker sign and don’t follow Hairy John trail down the mountain like we did. Then you have to go back up!! The 1.7 mi over the ridge is EXTREMELY overgrown with mountain laurel. Where tick repellant. Worth the time. Would be better if the top is cleared out.

hiking
snow
Mon Mar 04 2019

5" of fresh snow last night made this a very pretty walk. The State Park had just started plowing out the parking lots. There are 3 separate lots and only one was plowed so I parked with no real idea which parking lot had the trail access. I headed into the woods bush-whacking up the slope. I never intercepted the mid-state trail but eventually reached the ridgeline and turned left (west). "My" loop resulted in 3.4 miles. The trail along the ridge is marked with red-orange blazes, spaced quite a ways apart at times. The trail is not obvious but stay high on the ridge and you keep finding the blazes. The last portion is less interesting, following the road back to the picnic area.

walking
Sun Jul 12 2015

Trail was very overgrown and didn't appear to be maintained at all...

Sun Apr 12 2015

Unfortunately, this trail is severely overgrown.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

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Thu Apr 04 2019

hiking
Wed Nov 11 2015