Shades of Death Trail

EASY 173 reviews
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Shades of Death Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

A beautiful walk along a stream in a rhodedendron forest This is a personal favorite, you will walk along a stream through a beautiful forest then towards the end enter some rocky areas. The Hickory Run State Park has a National Natural Landmark in the boulder field and there are some Geocaches in the park

2 days ago

Awesome trail. I wouldn’t say it’s easy but then again I hiked it while pregnant. Beautiful waterfalls throughout the trail. Highly recommend.

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21 days ago

Recommended. The trail is very wet. More than the Falls Trail at Rickets Glen. Very scenic though and pretty short. Great for kids.

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24 days ago

Beautiful trail, easy to follow, lovely waterfalls

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1 month ago

A great trail not far from home. In my opinion the most scenic trail in Hickory Run State Park. Don t let the name intimidate you, A great short hike if you are in the area.

1 month ago

Easy and beautiful trail. Well kept.

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1 month ago

Easy trail. Clearly marked with yellow blaze.

1 month ago

It was nice. Creek is beautiful. Little to easy though for my liking. The scenery and setting really feels like Hobbit land. Lot of mossy rocks and paths. Cool waterfalls along the way.

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1 month ago

beautiful! want to go back when rhododendrum are in bloom!

1 month ago

Beautiful waterfalls and lots of pinecones. I'd definitely go back.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Short but oh so sweet

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3 months ago

Had a nice time there in the snow. Easy, enjoyable little hike w/ some cool stone features, and close ups of the waterfalls.

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3 months ago

Tons of fun things to explore. I will definitely go back.

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6 months ago

Great hike - about 1.5 hrs to complete. Moderately easy with nice views of the stream and some smaller falls

7 months ago

real pretty water and rock formations

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7 months ago

We loved this trail. It runs along the creek with lovely little water falls and a place for the pup to cool off. interesting twists and turns through rodedendrum and under trees. some very interesting dams, and little ponds. It was a fantastic afternoon hike.

8 months ago

nice, easy trail with some picturesque views - took dogs on trail, they loved it. only issue was finding the place, parked where the 'amphitheatre' was then walked down from there

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8 months ago

The park map lists this trail as difficult and i agree. There are parts where it is easy, but few.

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8 months ago

Nice 2 mile trail to see, covered with lots of pines and a forest of rhododendron to keep you cool. A few waterfalls and ponds..worth the look.

8 months ago

nice small waterfalls. feels like your in a small rainforests. short trail out and back

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8 months ago

Great little hike, a bit slippery and lots of roots to step over. Great scenery. Only saw one small snake.

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9 months ago

My family really enjoyed this trail. So many beautiful sites. Glad I wore hiking boots because it did get rocky in some areas. Also a nice little playground off to the side of the trail at one point. On our way back our toddler got to play at the park and that was a bonus for her ❤

Stopped here on my drive home to Buffalo. It was beautiful! One of the most beautiful trails I have ever seen. Felt like I was in a rainforest! I did go in the beginning of summer, after a lot of rain. It was amazing! I do however think this was a moderate trail. A lot of rocky areas, I personally don't think my children could handle it, and I see easy as great for kids!

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9 months ago

Delightful trail featuring two waterfalls. I only wish it were longer.

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9 months ago

I enjoyed this Trail when I went. I went with my mom and my seven-year-old son. None of us had any issues on the trail whatsoever. There are very few areas where it gets rocky and of course some spots were tree roots arise on the trail. Other than that the trail is very easy to maneuver. There is a very beautiful waterfall that is nice to take pictures in front of. We passed a lot of people with dogs which was really nice to see. It seems as though a lot of the dogs were swimming, so if you have a dog that likes water this is definitely a place for you to go! I will go back to this trail with my son again sometime in Fall to see it when the leaves have changed colors.

9 months ago

Hiked this with friends, quiet and peaceful, lovely waterfall , and a brook runs along much of the trail.

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9 months ago

I was a bit let down from all the reviews. A nice trail for sure along the Creek but very very rocky, the small rocks that just kill the ankles, also very crowded.

9 months ago

Great for kids! If they are enthusiastic about getting wet, bring extra shoes. There is a lot of water along the trail.

10 months ago

We had one casualty out of four people! Lol It a great hike, a few water falls and a cool rock feature. The trail can be wet, be careful to wear sneakers or hiking boots.... flips flops are not appropriate for this hike.

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10 months ago

Short but amazing

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