Sand Spring Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Sand Spring Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kidder, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail...joins into 2 trails if you want to add to the short trail. Crosses Hickory Run Trail and at the end it meet up with Fire Trail at the railroad tracks.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a fairly easy trail that mostly parallels Hickory Run creek. However, there are areas where the path is rocky and/or muddy, sections that have a foot bridge crossing one of the runoff streams that feed into Hickory Run and one feeder stream that has no bridge and must be crossed by walking across the large rocks that have been placed across the water. These things are probably what gives the trail it's moderately difficult rating on the park map.

The trail leads through woods and, sometimes quite dense, rhododendron. I can imagine that it's quite pretty in early July when the rhodies are in bloom. Most recently I was on this trail on a warm day at the end of April. The trees were starting to leaf out and there were many violets along the path. There were some bugs though I image it can get much worse. However, be on the lookout for tics!

This is a nice trail though not my favorite in the park. If you're looking for a walk in the woods on a fairly easy and level trail with no boulders or climbing involved, this is a good option. If you're looking for a little more excitement of something with more to see try the Shades of Death Trail or the Hawk Falls trail down to the waterfall.