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Rannels Kettle and Horseshoe Trail Loop

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State Game Lands Number 156

Rannels Kettle and Horseshoe Trail Loop is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lititz, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 1,489 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Timothy Evans
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Backpacking

It started out with a nice trail but ended up mostly being wide forest roads and the last mile was actual road with traffic.

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That Hiker Guy And His Dog Ward
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Hiking

This trail sucks

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Robert Fullerton
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Hiking

More geared for mountain biking. It was mostly road

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Eli Gacheke
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Hiking

Take bug spray

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Dan Clementi
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Hiking

If this is your neighborhood trail, it’s not a bad trail to have nearby. It has elevation from the start and trees and flowers are plenty. However, I give this trail 2 stars because I drove over an hour to get here and, although I am happy to have gotten fresh air and exercise, the trail offered nothing else. There are some sections to jog or run along, including a 3 lane stone road that unfortunately had the smell of Lancaster fertilizer in the air. Most of the trails are rocky and steep, but there is no overlook or rock outcrop. There were few people, including the usual mountain bikers, a couple of runners, a family with a couple of dogs and a hunter in full gear... I don’t mind the hunters, but I only come across them on the most boring trails. This trail was one of them. What could have saved this trail for me would have been some silence, but the trail runs parallel with the turnpike, and you can hear trucks almost the entire time. Wear long sleeves and pants; I am glad I did. I’ve never seen so much poison ivy, oak and sumac in one place.

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carter hutchins
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Julie Backes
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HikingMuddyOver grown

There are definitely parts of this trail I would say were hard due to the inclines. I was following the yellow trail and it came to a parking lot area the yellow trail continued down the road... after going about 1/4 mile I noticed I was off trail according to the map and backtracked... the real trail was not marked so I’m not sure where the yellow marking on the road would have taken me. Going down the section that kept me “on the trail” was very muddy and overgrown. I only did the one loop of this trail, and then cut that short too by following the red then the blue trail to get back to the car. That was 4.5 miles total. All In all it was a good hike and of course my pup enjoyed it as always!

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Angela Boyer
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HikingMuddyRocky

Definitely would recommend this trail to anyone who doesn't mind a bit of hills, for some places get pretty steep. Lots of tree coverage and privacy. We followed yellow then light blue and finished in about 2 hours. Both my Lab and Maltese handled it well.

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Alex Lanager
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Bailey Slaymaker
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Lorraine Grier
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Hiking

80% or more of this is gravel road. While most of it’s in the woods, I don’t know if I’d go so far as to call this hiking

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Michelle Fonseca
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Hiking

The first mile was great, the rest was just a dirt road. The last 1/2 mile was on a road with light traffic.

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snr1x7d 5fhc2w
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Hiking

Had only done up to the 0.5 mile trail that leads up to the radio towers...didn't go any further given the reviews that most are just wide ATV trails (which they are). Wouldn't bother really with any of these trails again to the west of Rt 322 (other side is better). Also, is game lands of course so be sure to where your orange if hunting season...but better yet, just stay away until it's over as it seems to be a very popular hunting area. Blazing on Horse-Shoe trail part is good and there is blue blazing for the small Kettle Run loop part. The rest are unblazed or wide enough trail you wouldn't need it anyway. The unblazed portions were still easy enough to follow even with the leaves off, but are probably pretty overgrown/unkempt during the spring/summer.

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Matthew Lindsey
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HikingBlowdownRocky
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Josh Shoffstall
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HikingRocky
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Antonio DiEmedio
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Hiking

First two miles were very intense and I wouldn’t rate as moderate. Poorly mapped, ended up having to walk backroads towards the end to reach the car. Majority of the trail was atv trails.

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Sarah Sheffy
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Hiking

Definitely a little bit more intense then Moderate. Nice train, good work out

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John Fix
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Hiking

I did the first loop heading counter-clockwise. It's a nice moderate trail with a pretty good climb. But once I got to the gravel road (about 2 miles in) it's much less exciting. I never made it to the second loop. I did come across a coyote in a clearing, watching me on the gravel trail. The last mile back to the parking area is along a paved township road, this was a disappointment. But the first part was nice.

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Lori George
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Hiking

Most of this trail is part of the horseshoe trail also. This part is clearly marked. It is nice to see a trail with no litter, unlike other nearby trails.

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Ivy Buck
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Poorly mapped, but a great adventure!!

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leah foltz
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Hiking

Beautiful in the rain and fog. Unfortunately, there was a stash of dirty magazines that I stumbled upon which were tucked behind a tree. They looked relatively clean which led me to believe they were left there recently. This combined with an suv parked along the road with doors and windows wide open (in the rain) was enough for me to suggest that hikers not attempt this section of trail alone like I did.

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Adam Herr
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Other than the first two miles, the path we took is nothing exciting. I would recommend doing the initial climb and the rest of the hike through the woods after the parking lot at the top, then turning around and going back the way you came once you hit the atv trail. That's all it is the rest of the way…atv trail with lots of ticks. Good for distance and general exercise but nothing scenic and depending on the time of day you better bring sunscreen. Will not be returning to this one.

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Frost C
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Walking

This hike started out OK with a decent 0.9 mi climb up some single track to the ridge line ( a number of game cameras a located on this portion of the trail). From there you go along the ridge to a parking lot then take an old fire road through a nice glen to the next main section of the trail. That next section is a gravel ATV road that goes pretty much through the next lollipop. All in all a pretty bland hike, though a bland walk through the woods beats sitting in the house/office any day. This is a moderate hike at best (strenuous being Mt Tammany, Dunnefield Creek, AT loop at the Delaware Water Gap)

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Gerry Mack
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Backpacking

It was OK. Really nothing more than moderate. The only challenge was the constant uphill from the beginning of the yellow trail. Terrain on the yellow is mediocre at best. When I neared the top I jumped over to the blue trail. Terrain was a bit better, but nothing extraordinary. As you near the end of the blue trails southward direction from the top there is a lock box on your left with notebooks and pens. People leaving messages and tips for the next to come across it. That was pretty interesting. All in all, it's like a regular walk in the woods

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