Naval Run - Black Forest Trail Loop

MODERATE 5 reviews

Naval Run - Black Forest Trail Loop is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Slate Run, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and fly fishing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1893 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
4 months ago

This is an interesting area with many other trails in addition to Naval Run. You cross a stream to start and then shortly thereafter cross again (if you are doing the trail counter clockwise). We missed this turn and hiked merrily along another very nice trail until we noticed our error. Another thing: this trail is remote and does not seem heavily trafficked. About halfway into the hike we encountered a black bear and cubs eating blueberries. This was on an old mountain track and we were able to see them from 100 yards away. They did not retreat, so we turned the loop into an out and back hike. If you plan to do this hike, I would recommend making sufficient noice some of the more densely vegetated areas so you do not inadvertently startle an animal. We were staying overnight in Slate Run and while leaving this morning a 6:30am encountered another bear on the far side of the bridge. A much easier feeling as we were in our car. i have been reading bearsmart.com to brush up on how to safely manage bear encounters. Note: I would definitely return here as the trails are in great shape and the hike is beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great trail...especially going counter clockwise. Very step incline going up through the valley....had to stop many times for a break. Once on top the trail is great and well maintained. The only bad section is coming down the face where all the switch backs are. There is a section where there are a lot of blowdowns, trail is overgrown with high weeds, berry thorns, etc. This is probably the first 1/3 coming down. Once your past this area the rest of the way down is steep with many switch backs. Bring lots of bug spray for this time of year.

5 months ago

Definitely going back when there's not a heat wave!

7 months ago

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015