Panther Run Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Waterville, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,411 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Directions from Waterville, PA: Take SR 4001 approximately 4 miles to the state park. Travel to the end of the picnic / boat launching area. There is a parking lot on the right. Panther Run Trail begins across the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep but worth it. There are awesome rock formations along the way. Marked vey well too

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail that has some cool rocks. Depending what way you start you’ll either have a very steep climb up or a steep descend. Also due to being located on Little Pine State Park. You can check out the Eagle watch area and the dam & vista for a nice view.

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2 months ago

3/7/20 Went on a solo hike and really enjoyed myself. Started at the southern entrance and went north. With the leaves off the trees was able to see the surrounding mountain profiles and a few glimpses of the field below which gave perspective on how high the climb really was. A few outcrops extend out for some ok views without the leaves. The rocks at the top are pretty sweet and I got a lot of pictures. Most of the hike was uphill until the steep drop on the northern section so it's a good workout. Very very steep on the way out on the northern part. Wouldn't want to come in that way. Had a pole and still slid on the leaves 3 or 4 times. Had to pass a few downed trees in this part which was no big deal but there is a section of the trail that had been washed out into the run with a downed tree in the way. Had to climb down into the creek bed for 15 or 20 ft. to meet back up with the trail but manageable. Took the road back to the parking area instead of going back which was plenty for the day. If your into big boulders and some nice photo ops it's a great trail.

4 months ago

very steep inclines/decline. rock formations at top are awesome. views when clear are stunning. definitely need hiking boots, and trekking poles would be a benefit.

hiking
7 months ago

my favorite Trail ever I'm not going to say this is an easy Trail but it is a beautiful trail that is worth every step from the minute you get on you start climbing up in elevation but it is absolutely beautiful

hiking
9 months ago

It’s a steep, sustained climb up into rattlesnake territory and an equally steep scramble back down the other side. The ES 100 happened this past weekend and the course followed some of the trail. It certainly looked like it’s felt the thrashing of hundreds of feet. The decent down the hollow was wild and full of nettles at the bottom. I really liked the rock formations.

hiking
9 months ago

6-30-2019: Hiked the trail one way starting at the North end to do the steep part first. Definitely recommend since steep part was wet. Great rock outcrops.

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10 months ago

We hiked 7/5/19..wear long pants and trail shoes. Going up is the easy part. We started near entry to Little Pine State Park. Saw 5 rattlesnakes at top in sunny area, so watch your step. Bugs are awful thru entire thing, but the worst near the creek as we headed down. Off deep woods didn’t do a thing for the bugs. It was very steep and muddy going down, so trail shoes were great for this part. Lots of ferns and burnt hazel along creek area, very overgrown. We walked road back to truck. Challenging trail. Took about 2 hours.

hiking
Sun Sep 30 2018

Great Trail. Route: Love Run to Mid State to Panther Run. Definitely steep & difficult. Did part of this in summer, lots of mosquitoes. This weekend (9/29/18) was perfect...Cool & few mosquitoes. Panther Run trail from Mid State is straight down...be prepared.

Wed Sep 05 2018

Route: love run —> panther trail Hard trail especially coming down! Enjoyed the experience overall. Trail is not well known and we were the only ones on the trail. Might do it again for the intensity of workout.

Mon Sep 04 2017

Great hike. Decent incline on the way up and decline on the backside of the trail.

hiking
Sat Aug 05 2017

This trail is very difficult, straight up and straight down. The state park said it was a 2.9 mile trip. Wish I had checked this app first because seven is more accurate. We came across a den of about ten rattlesnakes. Also, plenty of stinging nettle. All said, we feel accomplished!

hiking
Sun Jul 30 2017

Beautiful rock formations and veiws, it's a little challenging but worth it. Panther run holds a special place in my heart, I would definitely do this one again.

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Mon Sep 19 2016

Great hike pretty steep at beginning and end.

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Thu Jun 23 2016

This is a fun trail. The steep initial incline leads to a flat stretch through mostly deciduous forest and eventually to large exposed rocks at the top of a ridge before descending. Not a long hike, but a perfect length for an afternoon. I have encountered Timber Rattlesnakes on this trail, but that is not unusual in this area.

hiking
Sun Jun 05 2016

If you go up Panther Run then connect to Love Run just make sure you turn left at the cabin in the woods. Don't cross the bridge at the cabin and climb the next mountain. That is not Love Run Trail and will add miles and a steep climb to your trip and you will end up on the Mid States and lost like we did. We bush whacked back down the mountain to meet back up with Love Run and it was a total of 6 miles because we missed that turn at the cabin. Otherwise it is a good hike but the backside of Panther Run is super steep and a bit technical. I would rate the Panther Run loop difficult for most normal hikers. Adding in what we did made it crazy difficult and just dumb on our part although we did not see the turn at the cabin marked.

Fri Sep 04 2015

It's a great trail, but a lot of the panther run loop needs remarked south of 322. There were a couple parts I almost got lost because of the faded marks. If you look around enough you should be able to spot on here and there to help you along. The trail north of 322 is newly marked and easy to follow.

hiking
Wed Sep 26 2012

Panther Run Trail provides a steep access to the wild Mid State Trail and can be combined with the Spike Buck Trail to complete a nice seven mile loop. Be in shape for this one.

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