Rose Trail

MODERATE 4 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.

2.3 miles
469 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips






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

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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.

2 months ago