Rocky Knob Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fayetteville, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 603 feet Route Type: Loop

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6 days ago

Well-marked and clean. relatively free of traffic. Going counter clockwise definately got my heart rate going clockwise so be advised. Nice trail, very pleasant hike. No stunning vistas await you but it's a great way to social distance.

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28 days ago

Great trail! Before the loop it was muddy and also when walking closer to the river but it did rain 2 days ago. Went clockwise so you miss the very steep incline close to the most scenic part of the trail. The last loop of the trail is then a steady incline along a wide path. A little rocky. Saw some great wildlife! And the natural spring is great as well! Went in the morning around 9 AM and only started to get a little crowded around 10:30.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

Steeper and short incline as we started to the left and a gradual long incline coming back in the right side of the loop. Found a natural spring under a tree on the incline back!

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1 month ago

This was exactly what I was looking for in a trail right now. What I mean by that is a slight workout, remote, quiet & beautiful! A few ascents that are decent & a nice ridge walk. Plenty of PA rocks too! Haha. This will become a staple. If you just like being in the forest and soaking it up, recommended. I parked @ Ridge Road as suggested on AllTrails. There another parking lot near Long Pine Run Reservoir that would make a similar hike. (This is the spur you can take when it is presented). Not a single piece of garbage, cigarettes butts or graffiti. Hope it stays this way. I found the trail well maintained & for all the rain we have been getting, and the fact it’s April, it wasn’t muddy - probably due to the elevation.

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1 month ago

I hesitate to write this because, in these strange times, so many trails are overcrowded. It isn't an "easy stroll through the park." But, it is a respite for thru-hikers who need a trail, with challenging ascents, and a place to take a rest.

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2 months ago

Very wide trail at beginning. Orange trail blaze and the trail is used enough that following was no issue. Sunny after noon and took the advice in previous review and hiked counter clock wise. Also did the spur trail to the reservoir which has beautiful rhododendrons and at bottom finally get to see (& Cross) stream you hear for long time. Also several spectacular evergreens - suggest you look up when you see large tree trunks. The loop trail does a nice meandering from side to side of ridge. Also on rocky Knob side keep looking way out to see reservoir. Not a difficult hike and worth our time. Hope you enjoy too.

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2 months ago

Trail is easy to locate and other trails, including the AT connect to it. There are ways to make it longer and/or more challenging to. The rocks to climb are pretty good and accessible as well. We went clockwise as a previous reviewer suggested and liked it-although would recommend a walking stick or pole as some of the descents have loose rock and are steep.

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2 months ago

Went back today and did the loop like we wanted to yesterday. Great trail. Rocky and slightly steep for newbies in a few places. If you are new to hiking I would recommend going around the loop clockwise. If you want a little more exercise go counterclockwise. Nice place to sit and enjoy the view about half way in. We had our lunch there. This was a Sunday, we only ran into 2 couples and a father/son and their dogs.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Not a bad trail. My wife is a beginner trail hiker at 54 and she did very well on this trail. It was recently brush hogged so it is wide. A lot of debris from the mowing still on the trail. One complaint I had was the trail markings. The markings were orange coming down the trail, where the Birch Run trail branches off the orange markings go down that trail and Rocky Knob turned to a deep red marker. We took the wrong trail and instead of doing the loop we went almost the entire way to the lake at the bottom. (Long Pine Run Reservoir) We had a nice long uphill hike to get back to the truck. Birch Run Trail was very rocky in sections.

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rocky
2 months ago

Good trail, not too many scenic spots though. Took our Australian Shepherd and he loved it.

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3 months ago

It was a nice trail, a steep climb up the mountain if you take the loop counter clockwise. View wasn’t really worth the climb, so I’d recommend going clockwise, but if you want the work out, then do it that way haha

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3 months ago

Great trail! Definitely more incline on the back side. If you want less of an incline take the trail counterclockwise. Worth it to take the extra 1.2 mile extension to the reservoir. Rocky

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

The trail itself is more interesting than the view it offers. The east side with the ascent/descent is pretty rocky most of the way, but the west side is super easy (no rocks really at all). The combo of pine, mt laurel and good amounts of moss on the rocks and sides of trail give it a nice foresty feel even on the cold days. Once you ascend up the east side to Sier Hill, you can view out through the trees most of the way as well. Ridge road is a gravel road but there is a small pull-off area across from where the trail starts which is enough for 3-4 cars. Also, would definitely recommend the lower spur segment of the trail that leads to Birch Run Road. As others mentioned it is more rocky, but goes closer to the stream, has more rhododendron and is quite different from the rest of the loop.

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6 months ago

beautiful view!

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6 months ago

Awkwardly rocky at times, but still a great trail!

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6 months ago

Was a great day! Very well-maintained trails met a lot of good people to wonderful day hiking.

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