Rose Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

Rose Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Nottingham, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Parking lot located near 275 Red Pump Road West Nottingham PA Coords: 39.728939 -76.072691

hiking
27 days ago

nice hike. quiet on most of trail. a little farm noise and road noise in couple spots. will explore offshoot trails next time.

camping
1 month ago

I was on an overnight camping trip at this location. There are signs on the Rose Trail that indicate the area is closed during hunting season. We called the William Penn District office and asked some questions. The person on the other end informed us that none of the PA state forest lands are closed during hunting season and that the signs at Goat Hill are not valid anymore and left over from a program that was active in 2016 and early 2017 only. By all means, call the office and validate for yourself, but if you want to use this area over the next few months, don't let the old signs deter you. Do wear bright colors though if you visit during hunting season though.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the trail the last day before part of it closed for hunting season. The whole trail is beautiful and definitely a little challenging in parts, but I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it if the other half had been closed (it's the better half for sure)

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is contained in the 600 acre Goat Hill Plant Sanctuary and state forest. It is scattered with Serpentine Barrens locations characterized by thin soil and bare, lite green rock formations. The rocky areas can be 10-15 degrees F warmer than the surrounding forest area and supports species not found in the forest areas. The trail alternates between rocky difficult terrain and soft earthy walkways. Multiple elevation changes can be a challenge for inexperienced hikers.

Primitive camping is allowed at this state forest as well and a permit is not required if camping for a single night. Be aware though, while the trail is open all year long, the state forest is not. Apparently, the forest area is leased to hunting interests from October through February. There are signs that indicate this information along the Rose Trail.

While fishing is not immediately available along the Rose Trail, there are other minor trails that intersect the Rose Trail that lead to the Octoraro Creek. A little research to find these other trails may be needed. I tried to include a link (and picture) of the grasslands map (which has the other trails marked), but I'm not sure the additional info made it past the approval process.

hiking
5 months ago