Rocky Knob Trail

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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

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

rocky

no shade

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike. Starting to be overgrown in spots. A couple trees blocking the trail, but nothing you can’t get past. If you prefer your steep sections to be uphill, go counter-clockwise. Clockwise will get the steeps to be downhill. Pictures here showing a lake view are incorrect. There is no lake view from this trail. If you want to see the lake, you can take the spur off of the trail and hike down a little over a mile, but you will not see it from this loop.

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice 4.4 mile loop hike. One good view of Chambersburg resivour. Started at Ridge Rd and went counterclockwise.

hiking
24 days ago

trails were very nice and marked well

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little hike!

hiking
1 month ago

very nice trail for a afternoon hike went down to reservoir some nice views went in off of ridge rd

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

GPS didn’t take me the correct way from the app so I had to take a long way around. I went counterclockwise on the trail so pretty steep incline on the way up. Trail was very well marked. Little to no shade while walking along the ridge. Only encountered a handful of other hikers on a hot Saturday late morning/early afternoon. I would do this trail again if there were better views, but for a quick challenge it was decent.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This was a great family trail. We hiked it on a rainy day, so we couldn't see the views. Looking forward to hiking it on a clear day!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail that is nicely maintained! For someone who is in fairly decent shape I would rate this trail 4/10 on difficulty if you're going clockwise. There are some steeper parts, but they weren't overly challenging. A great trail for dogs also, even our littlest at 7lbs made it the whole 4.2 miles. Walking through the forest you get sights of beautiful, lush green trees and wild flowers, with a few open spots making way for a view of the valley and Chambersburg Resevoir below. There are also three locations for camping that have fire pits, if you want to stop for a break or have a picnic. Overall this is a very nice trail, and I will definitely be going back for another adventure.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Very nice trail with great views and wonderful flowers

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike through rhododendrons and mountain laurel under a forest canopy of oak and pine! Well marked and maintained trails, a few good vantage points to see the reservoir, likely those will soon be obscured by the leaves. Tried to take the spur down to the edge of the reservoir but spring rains made the second half of that spur into a creek! This loop was just in perfect condition. Recommended.

hiking
5 months ago

Really fun trail! Took only a few hours to do & there were really great views w/ some strange geographical formations.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail was wide, very well marked with orange blazes. Estimated 4.4 miles in 4 hours with some rest. Accessible from Birch Run Rd or from Ridge Rd., so it can be a loop or non-loop. Plenty of up and down/ easy parts and rocky parts.Recommend 1st week of June for outstanding Mtn Laurel blooms. If you have ascended the actual knob, please post best location to start at. It has no easy obvious starting place. From Ridge Rd start, doing a loop, elevation changes by 642 feet during loop.

hiking
8 months ago

I love this trail! It's a nice wide trail with steep portions and beautiful views. The lower spur from Birch Run Road is a little difficult to find and follow, but if you keep looking for the blazes you will enjoy hiking along the stream.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. We hiked this with our dog right before New Years.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Parked at the north trail head on Ridge Rd. 3 other cars were parked there but did not see anyone the entire time.

hiking
9 months ago

Relatively easy trail (going clockwise) and well marked which was nice. Good trail to hike with the dogs!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is very pretty and well marked. I would suggest starting the trial counter clockwise (heading to the right) for a great leg workout, as the incline is quite steep on the last part of the hike.

hiking
Friday, September 07, 2018

There is a lower spur off of Birch Run Road that is not depicted on this trail map. It is the best part of the trail. We started from the lower spur and hiked clockwise to the upper trailhead and back. If we were to hike this again, we would start at the lower spur and hike counterclockwise. There is a convenient access to the Knob Run creek where you can take a quick dip after the hike. Very refreshing.

hiking
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Some decent views of the other ridges and the reservoir. Hiked clockwise, a couple of short steep sections but not too bad. The trip back to the top proved to be a workout on this hot and humid day.

hiking
Monday, August 13, 2018

It was ok. It has one view that overlooks the reservoir. Expect to go up and down in elevation. We did counterclockwise and the return part was grueling at times.

hiking
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Beautiful, but it should be noted that if you cut off to the right at the fork in the trail. And that it really should be reclassified as hard coming back up the loop from the water is actually very difficult. If you want an easier hike you must go clockwise as someone else recommended.

hiking
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Very entertaining trail. The sights and views are amazing and exciting. Not too many steep inclines but definitely a bit of leg work necessary! Took us about 2 hours to complete.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

We do this hike in January and it’s always a nice first hike of the year. We do this hike clockwise so coming back is just a long gradual climb on a wide trail. Next year we’ll do it backwards.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nice trail, 1 decent view if the leaves aren't too dense. This trail does have a few spots where rattlers lay right off the trail, keep am eye out but not something to discourage doing the trail.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Great trail. Pretty rocky in parts (like the name applies) make sure you stop at each numbered marker and take in the view. The overlook and caves were awesome to see. It's well marked with orange blazes. If you continue through the loop onto the yellow blazed trail, you can get to the reservoir.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

I found this trail to be more easy than moderate, especially if approached from the south. The springs and rhododendron groves at the southern part of the trail were gorgeous. Most of the loop section is somewhat boring. While not listed on this site, there is a short trail that follows the shore of the reservoir which is beautiful and fairly easy.

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