Rachel Carson Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Rachel Carson Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Allison Park, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
367 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

The trail runs through stands of hemlock and crosses the creek several times before meeting up with the abandoned rail line and then climbing out of the valley. One enters a broad grassy field that is reclaimed from local deep mining. At this point, you leave the clear trail and cut across the field up the hill before reentering the woods and looping back to the start.

hiking
6 days ago

It’s a nice trail, saw some wildlife while we were out. Overall it’s a bit busy in the surrounding area but hardly anyone was on the trail. The markers do indeed get a bit confusing to follow. The vistas weren’t as impressive as most people said and there really isn’t too much to see besides woods. Well maintained though, not great, not terrible overall.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is not difficult to follow if you have a map or use the ap. The trail turns right once you hit the telephone lines. The trail was in good condition with only a few really muddy spots. Not many people on the trail due to the cold weather.

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike. Lovely fall leaves all around. As we are new to following trail markers we weren't sure if we were to follow the yellow, green, or U shapes on the trees (we believe it's the U shape). Though it felt a little urban it was quiet and serene, possibly due to the colder temperatures. One or two vistas as well.

hiking
10 months ago

easy to access and some nice sights.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

At times it was confusing to follow the trail, but not terrible. At points the trail provided for a more secluded feeling but still fairly close to roads and other places in the park. Not bad for a short hike

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nice trail but really poorly blazed - we couldn't even finish the loop because it got confusing 2/3 in and we turned around.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Took our 4 and 7 year old boys. Easy enjoyable hike for them. Agree markers could be better. Really beautiful though, even though so close to hustle and bustle, it really feels secluded

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nice short hike to do with a dog. I have an older dog with arthritis issues so we can't do what we used to. But she still loves to go. This hike was perfect for her. A lot to explore. Enough seclusion to feel like you were getting away. I agree the trail markings were few and far between and hard to follow when you did find them. I found it enjoyable with the map with this app.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Got a little backwards because the specific trail isn't clearly marked, so I think I missed a few spots. Plus, I had to do some steep hill climbing to get back to a main trail. But, I wasn't in a hurry, so I enjoyed myself anyway.

hiking
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Great easy and quick trail for a nice after work activity. Dog friendly on leash. Easy to navigate even though the trails could be better marked.

hiking
Monday, December 07, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Good hike with varied terrain and some very pretty spots. Love jumping creeks and wooded hill climbs.

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nice, easy-moderate hike. Not clearly marked trail paths, but easy to find your way around the multiple trails which intersect each other. This is located behind the pool of North Park. Some moderate inclines and declines, but not too strenuous at any one point.

hiking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

There are numerous short trails around the park, however, no marking for the stated trail could be found. We traveled around for more than one and half hour from one color markings to another and encountered some uphill and downhill climbs.

hiking
Saturday, September 15, 2012

North park has some of the best single track mountain bike trails around

hiking
Saturday, April 07, 2012

short, but there are a lot of trails inside the loop to double back on. also, there are great uphill climbs off-trail.

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