Scotia Barrens is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Port Matilda, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking.

Length1.4 miElevation gain108 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyWalkingForestLakeViewsHistoric site
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Scotia Ruins. C c
Iron ore mine
40.80053, -77.94664
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Karl Raynar
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Holly Foy
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3/4 ski and 1/4 walking!

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Karl Raynar
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Karl Raynar
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Karl Raynar
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Michael Simon
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Paul Hall
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Chioma Okoroafor
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Not clearly marked, very confusing to navigate, picked up two full bags of trash on the trip

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Ashley Foltz
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Amazing woodsy trail with lots to see!

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Robert Bradley
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Kinsley Ballas
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WalkingBlowdownOff trail

In general, this is a nice trail. I think that, similar to other people, I would say that it’s really easy to get off trail and I can imagine get kind of lost if you don’t have much of a sense of direction. I ran this trail and it was a pretty easy run. The trail is well cut in most areas and not too rocky. There were some downed trees over the trail but nothing bigger than I could just step over. The biggest think I would say about this trail is that it is not poorly marked, it just straight up isn’t marked so you need a map or you need to anticipate spending some extra time wandering around out there.

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Tyler Hubler
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Olivia Swenson
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lots of trails to come back and explore. not well marked and narrow (can't walk side by side). beautiful ferns and forest. only three cars can fit at small parking area. big, steep hills but can be avoided on flat routes.

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Shannon B
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Madeleine Denner
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Be careful there is GLASS everywhere! Went with a dog and family and had to carry the dog back to the car once the trail quickly turned to shattered glass!! Do not come here could be dangerous.

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Alana Burrage
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Alana Burrage
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Fairly easy, couple points are steep hills but they can be avoided by choosing a different route. Easy for kids

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Jules Loesch
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Eric Vilbs
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3.5 stars Walk/hiked this with the pup on a super humid 4th of July. It's fairly easy terrain and fortunately mostly shaded. The area is a warren of trails intersecting (not all shown on the map) so while it's very difficult to follow the trail outlined on Alltrails it's also fairly hard to get all that lost if you have a decent sense of direction (or GPS, and fortunately there's good service in this area) since there will always be another trail heading the direction you want to go. The trails are well maintained and easy to find... and it looks like the area is very frequented by mountain bikers. The bugs were annoying (flies/mosquitoes) but then again... it's PA in July, so you get what you get. The ruins and the quarry/lake gave some added interest and it's one we'll probably do again. It also looks like an easy place to do some added exploring if you have the time/interest.

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Christina Zimmerman Combs
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I’m not sure about the map because I’ve gotten off course every time I’ve tried to hike according to the map. There are a ton of paths the intersect, so when a biker and I were both trying to find our way out e were able to help each other, because I had a map the keep us going in the right direction while he was able to bike in circles quickly and figure out if where we were going wrong. But we seem to get out every time we try, so I’m sure I’ll try again.

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Ryan Douglass
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Peaceful and Tranquil trail. Interesting to see the ruins and the filled quarry is lovely. Paths can be hard to follow. Would be higher rating with more trail markings.

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Robert Bradley
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Justin Signorella
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No blazes, a lot of side trails, make sure to have some form of map or GPS. A lot of cool topography and the ruins are cool to see.

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Michael Snyder
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Michael Snyder
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