Shades of Death Trail

EASY 145 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

hiking
24 days ago

Short but oh so sweet

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

real pretty water and rock formations

hiking
5 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.

6 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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

7 months ago

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

8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Short but amazing

8 months ago

Great trail, my son & I did the whole trail, wife made it about halfway. Some great streams with crystal clear waters, & amazing waterfalls. Wife said she'll make it the next time!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful short hike with lots of water features, good for beginners.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail! Saw an Amazing waterfall with great photo opportunity at beginning of hike. Super easy trail with great scenery.

Beautiful! Like being in a rain forest!

9 months ago

Beautiful trail! Good for kids! Quiet with very little traffic.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful trail! lots to see, if not a little crowded.

9 months ago

Great trail! Only saw a couple people on this hike. Very shaded and scenic! Highly recommended!

hiking
10 months ago

easy trail with gorgeous views, plenty of water for dogs and a cool man made waterfall

hiking
10 months ago

The trail was very popular and close to the road. It had several stair climbs and good stream and waterfall views.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

.I think the rating of easy is pushing it but it's not hard. Just beautiful-I felt like faeries were hiding and watching me. My favorite trail in Hickory Park so far.

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