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Scenic South Trail to Appalachian Trail via Ashfield Road

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Slatington, Pennsylvania

Scenic South Trail to Appalachian Trail via Ashfield Road is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Slatington, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 498 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

A nice moderate hike to get to the scenic South Trail off the Appalachian Trail coming from Ashfield Road as opposed to Lehigh Gap. This makes for a 4 mile hike rather than a 9 mile one. This is a lollipop out and back, a little over a mile in along the AT in a wooded setting the Blue Blaze Sout Trail is on the right. Taking it leads to a mile of exposed rocky trail with near constant views to the north and south of the Mountain. The South Trail rejoins the AT after 1.1 miles, making a left on the Appalachian Trail you complete the lollipop portion and the back to Ashfield Road

Ashfield Rd is bumpy but any car except for ones with extremely low clearance can make it up to the parking area with little trouble,

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Reviews (107)
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Elise Brennan
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HikingRocky

Overall, a good hike with great views. Definitely gives you a good workout. Some parts of the loop are all rock, making it more difficult, possibly more strenuous than moderate. Not all of the rocks are sturdy, and there are snakes living in the rocks (shouldn't be an issue, but be cognizant). There is not much shade at the top. Some parts of the loop are very overgrown. Not dog friendly.

Leah Hilton
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

The parking at the trail head only allows for 4 to 5 cars but we did not have a problem getting a spot. AT part was narrow but we'll marked. Minor rocks here and there but something normal for being in PA. Had a nice variation of vegetation, some parts were lined with tall trees, some were less dense and just fern covered, while others were bushes on each side. For the most part, all of the trail had nice shade covering. Great for dogs of any size. The South Scenic trail that branches off on the south-east end to form the loop however was 1.1 miles of almost all rock scrambled. Both boulders and smaller guys. The blue trail markers were harder to identify in some areas especially at the viewpoints. It would be challenging if one were to have small children or small dogs just out of safety. However the view may make it worth it for some. Most of this section is exposed so it can get hot with the heat of the rocks also. Bring more water than you'd think.

Glenn Mehnert
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Hiking

Can’t review this trail cause I drove to the wrong parking lot! We did the trail from 309 East. Haha! Next time maybe. We did 2.3 miles out and 2.3 miles back on this trail with a lunch by an overlook 2/3ds of the way through. Temp 84 in the shade. Just a couple of overlooks with views. Not my favorite hike, but a nice stroll and picnic.

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Michael Michalak
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HikingRockyScramble

A walk through the woods to start and end with lots of rocks in between. Went a day after a rainstorm - still manageable with some extra caution. For those with a lower to the ground car, road to get up there was a bit bumpy but no problems bottoming out

Madelyn Speirs
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HikingRockyScramble

This trail was awesome but definitely a difficult trail because it’s straight scramble for a little over a mile at the top. Beautiful views though and worth it if you’re up to the challenge. Bring more water than you think you need.

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Kate Eves
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HikingRockyScramble

Perfect trail. The south scenic trail is rock scrambling for a mile and it was amazing. Definitely recommend!

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Alan Charkey
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HikingRocky

I hiked from Ashfield Road to just past the third (westernmost) communications tower on the North Trail, taking the South Trail heading east. Along the South Trail, the views (to the north and south) are spectacular in spots, but the rocks wear out their welcome about half way along. Some of them are loose and shift underfoot, and there's a good chance of a minor injury unless you're a mountain goat. Where near its end the South Trail eastbound turns left and heads north back to the A.T. (at 40.776937, -75.660417), I lost the trail markings for a while. Past the left turn, there is one faded blue blaze that mistakenly prompts you to keep going straight, to the east. And no blue blazes after that. If you stick to the A.T., there are few overlooks on this stretch, and the trees will keep you from seeing approaching thunderstorms.

Maryann A.
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HikingRockyScramble

on rhe harder side of moderate, but worth it

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Sara Endres
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HikingRockyScramble
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Malarie Perelshteyn
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HikingRockyScramble

Wow with the rocks! Definitely not dog friendly on that 1 mile stretch of "caution loose rocks" part. if you just do the A.T. part it would be nice though.

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Cathy Holben
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Adventure D.
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RockyScramble

lots of rock scramble and great views. mountain laurel was abundant and stunning.

Alana Hagarty
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HikingRocky
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deb Tinsman
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great trail

Sean O
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HikingRockyScramble

This is a really fun trail. The mile of scrambling is a good time (watch for those loose rocks), and the viewa overlooking the north and south sides of the mountain are beautiful. It's a perfect hike when you have about 2 hours of time to spare.

Helene Hartman
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail! Excellent views and worth the “boulder mile”. Easy to follow. The only reason I wouldn’t give it 5 stars is the description states that dogs are able to use this trail. That’s a bit misleading. While larger dogs may be able to the scale the rocks on “boulder mile” others would have a hard time. Our Frenchie and Havanese were able to make it through but it was def scary at parts. We saw two other families carrying their midsized dogs through this section. Just an FYI, our dogs love hikes and we take them often on long trails with rough rock terrain, but next time we hike this trail we will be leaving them at home.

Rob mcgowan
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HikingRockyScramble

Had a blast, the boulder field seemed it would never end, glad I did it though.

Madison Striluk
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HikingRocky
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