Pinchot Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Pinchot Trail is a 21.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

21.3 miles
1706 feet

dogs on leash




trail running



The Pinchot Trail is a loop that is normally traveled counter-clockwise and can be separated into a Northern Loop and a Southern Loop. The trail is marked by orange blazes and side trails marked by yellow blazes. The Northern Loop is mainly flat and rocky whereas the Southern Loop has multiple elevation changes. The primary water source for the Northern Loop is Painter's Creek. The primary water source for the Southern Loop is Choke Creek. The Northern Loop has campsites early into the trail that makes overnight trips very easy to do.

1 month ago

This is our go-to spot since it is pretty close to Philadelphia and it's a loop. It's not always easy to drive many hours for a hike so this works. Great spots to camp, moderate elevations. Southern loop was recently rerouted and has a lot to offer - waterfall with rope swing and a nice swimming hole as well as BEAVERS. Get outside folks and leave no trace!

7 months ago

Excellent beginner backpacking trail. Nice campsites. Not too difficult. We backpacked it with two nights out and a total of slightly more than 13 hours of hiking total for the whole loop AUG 25-27 2017. Video @

Sunday, April 09, 2017

I did the North Loop and South Loop in 10 hours

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Both trails are very beautiful, many water sources. I would definitely do this in a small group or solo.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Easy trail. The south trail is well used and I picked up a good amount of overnight camp site trash. Leave no trace? Please respect the trails!

Fun for a solo or small group hike. 26.4 on my gps.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015