Hillside Trail

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Hillside Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Myersbrook, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
364 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash





over grown


The Hillside Trail is a 1.3 mile point-to-point trail in the Roaring Run Natural Area section of Forbes State Forest near Donegal, PA. The trail is rated as demanding because it is narrow and overgrown and because of a significant elevation change. The Hillside trail is primarily a route from the lower section of Roaring Run Natural Area to the upper section. The Hillside Trail connects the Roaring Run Trail to both the McKenna Trail and Fire Tower Road. From the lower trailhead, the trail proceeds uphill in a northerly direction. At about one mile, the trail intersects a connecting trail that leads northwest to the McKenna trail. This connector is marked, but is not currently shown on the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry map of the area. After passing the connecting trail, the Hillside trail proceeds east for about 0.3 miles before ending at Fire Tower Road. Scenery along trail is typical for Roaring Run Natural Area. The trail also passes the ruins of Mt. Hope School, a small school building that was once used by the area's inhabitants.

1 month ago

This is to be an awesome place to take novelist mountain bikers and to go horse riding. It had a little bit of everything. Then somebody with their Infinite Wisdom decided to make it off limits to everybody except hikers. This caused all the trails to get overgrown with weeds and jager bushs. Very sad.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Visited the trail over the first week of July 2017. Lots of ankle-knee high weeds, grass, jagger bushes. Also lots of wildflowers and butterflies flying around.

I suppose you have to take the good with the bad but I would advise wearing long pants if you are planning to hike this in mid summer. I bet in early spring or fall the trail is clearer with less vegetation growing over it.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Saturday, July 21, 2012