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Stony Valley Rail -Trail is a 17 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dauphin, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 17.0 mi Elevation gain 1,417 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Brian Matusz
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Hiking

Easy, casual stroll

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Daniel Widensky
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Hiking

Peaceful easy feeling......

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Mark Mantooth
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Hiking

Steep at the beginning. Lots of downed trees. Great day

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Kortney Key
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Mountain bikingRocky

I ended up going up Rattler Run with my bike. Walked most the way as it's a straight incline up. Once at top, nice easy trail w lots of wild flowers attracting butterflies and honey s. At the fork stay right. Very high grass w some jagger bush. The first part of the descent is managble on bike, lightly Rocky. The 2nd descent is steeper and more Rocky. walked my bike down it to be safe. Very lush forest. Once at bottom, we went left to the bridge to take a dip in the creek. Refreshing! Then about 10 miles back to the parking lot. Stony trail is flat and great to ride on. If biking I don't recommend going counter clockwise on the loop, as it's straight up and Rocky. Clockwise is best to get the incline out of way first and easier if pushing a bike. I wouldn't do rattler run trail w bike again, but Def hiking I would. Stony trail is best to bike on. Overall, great adventure!

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Hiking

Love the forest in this state game lands. All trails on this loop are wide/double track and either grassy, gravel or dirt. First time had been on Rattling Run Trail in the summer and the grass for most of this along the top is knee high at this time. Had done this counter-clockwise, but probably would be better to get the gravel road part done with first (rather large gravel at that). Like how the trees are more open on the west side of Rattling Run so you can actually view out. Stony Creek Rail Trail is always a pleasure to walk along especially the further east you go, the more denser the forest becomes with pine/hemlock. Many sporadic unmarked side trails which lead off to Stony Creek.

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Diane Chapelle
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Mountain bikingBugsMuddyRocky

This is NOT an easy bike trail. Pretty level but also rocky. Watch the rain levels prior to going as I’m sure it floods. Well kept by parks commission. We also did not take the “loop”. Where the trail map said to loop, it looked like too much of an incline for us. We went straight back 8 miles from the parking area with no end in sight.

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Anthony Bupp
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super easy trail. went down by the water and hiked along the creek for a bit. it's beautiful and was quiet

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Hope Hillman
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Mountain biking

Perfect trail for a nice easy bike ride!!

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Megan Elisa
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Tamar Wallace
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Hiking

Nice walk on a flat gravel road so it’s easy to enjoy the nice scenery around you. There’s a spot about 1/2 mile along where you can go down and sit next to the really lovely creek. There are a handful of relatively easy geocaches along the trail if you’re into that sort of thing. There would be plenty of shade from the tall trees in the summer.

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Quinn Watson
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Mountain bikingBlowdownRocky

The first part is very steep, but a good climb on a gravel service road. The bike side is still service road but more grass and small trees down (nothing impassable only once I had to dismount to get over a tree.) if you want more of a loop continue up the dirt road to the Stony Creek Rail Trail parking. Also, it should be noted that from the rail trail a sign notes it as Rattle Run trail but from the road that dictated as Rattle Run Road.

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Phill Wadsworth
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Mountain biking

AMAZING

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alan GIBBLE
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Mountain biking

nice peaceful relaxing ride from the SGL lot on Gold Mine Road to the gate at the Dauphin end. 34+ miles round trip. Decent road for biking on 700x30 tires. a little rough in spots.

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Stephen Canis
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Mary Smith Smay
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Hiking

Was nice and flat but only did few miles into it until we turned around. Drove back to gate then walked. Peaceful and colorful trail. Will do this one again and hopefully walk more of a distance.

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Jeff Conz
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Backpacking

Beautiful views in the fall and Summer. Starting at Ellendale Forge in Dauphin to Lebanon is about 17 miles. The Appalachian Trail intersects the Trail with views of Rouches Gap and the old Cemetery. The Stoney Creek runs close by at all times but sometimes you have to make a short detour. Pass by Rattling Run - about four miles from the gate at Ellendale Forge. It is open one day a year to drive through. Historically, the area was used in the 1800’s as a resort to heal sore muscles believed to be because of the minerals in the Water. You can still see remains of the housing and if you are lucky, you can still find pieces of plates of the time period. Horseshoe Trail is worth exploring if you have the time and stamina. Their is also Saint Paul’s Trail which is very steep. The Devils Run is worth the effort but be prepared for the elements and ensure you bring the correct gear for Hiking. You can drink the water from some springs but it’s recommended for you to either boil or use purification tablets particularly in the fall and hunting season.

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Heather Donovan
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The trail was hard to find. We actually walked the roadway thinking it was the trail. No view of the creek which I was expecting.

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Margaret Floyd
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Great ride, a bit rocky! Beautiful canopy of trees covers most of the trail.

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Linz Yeti
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Running

A little hard to find but definitely worth it! Gorgeous rail trail and not very many people. The gate at the cold spring road entrance is open, definitely need 4 by 4 vehicle to get to the lot.

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Ronce Hunter
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The directions on here are not accurate. You can park at these coordinates and start your ride from here (40.398604,-76.853798). The trail eventually splits and you can travel to the right and up an incline after crossing Stoney Creek. The other way goes on for miles. I only completed about 8 miles before I turned and headed back. The trail is hard packed and is easy to navigate even for children. The woods are peaceful and the trail is shaded. I highly recommend doing even a portion of this trail if you are in the area.

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John Blauch
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Fishing

Awesome

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Jamie Doellinger
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Mountain biking
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I had biked this trail many years ago as a kid attending a local YMCA Summer Camp. It was a light gravel trail, flat, and scenic rolling along Stoney Creek. From the start, 4-5 miles down the trail is an old wooden bridge with a fresh water spring seeping out of the ground on the NE corner. And 9-11 miles back there is an old station house. This is a good place to stop and turn back. Below the Station, there are fresh water springs. This trail is excellent for all members of the family, and if you have horses, it's a great trail for riding too. Plenty of trail space to maneuver and move.

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Erin Marie
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Christie Mellott
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Michael Stamy
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Rahul Patil
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Road biking
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Cummy Peludo
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