Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stroud Township, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

Great glacial pond, lots of wildlife, well maintained trail system This hike is a moderate climb to Sunfish Pond, following the Appalachian Trail heading north. The trail is well maintained and well used by dayhikers and overniters alike. The hike has a few strenuous climbs, but mostly evenly graded climbs with a few level areas in between. Follow the Dunnfield Hollow Trail down from Sunfish Pond to make it a loop. This trail does have some rather steep sections.

hiking
3 hours ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Love this trail! There's blueberries in July-Aug along the Dunnfield Creek Trail (green) and all around the fire road east of the pond. So make your way to Sunfish Pond, and on your way back keep an eye out for blueberries!

hiking
26 days ago

Would definitely take the AT up and the green trail down again. Maybe it just seemed steep and slippery because it rained yesterday, but I was glad to be coming down those slopes than fighting my way up them. Parking was full when we got there (quite late, of course). Just had to park at the visitors center across the highway though, wasn't bad.
Especially coming down the green trail, things were slightly overgrown and the blazes were exactly lichen colored. Only got a little lost. Some of the creek crossings were a little insane but there was a bypass for high water we didn't take.
Several long monotonous sections but that view at the pond made it worthwhile. Didn't make it to the overlook (dog wouldn't climb the boulders close to the water), but heard it was spectacular too. Some hikers were planning to take the road from the overlook back so that's a potential shortcut.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, rewarding hike!

I completed this hike on Thursday 6/15 with my fiancé and a group of friends during our stay at Worthington State Forrest campground.

We began at the Garvey Springs Trail which is easily accessible from the northern end of the campground. The ascent up is a bit steep and may be strenuous for those who are not physically fit. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and snacks. Fortunately, after 1.2 miles we made a right on the AT which hugs the north western edge of Sunfish Pond. The glacial pond is tranquil and pristine. Take caution as this portion is quite rocky, and we stumbled upon 2 snakes. We found a spot near the pond to break for lunch and to our delight 3 AT thru-hikers past by and we offered them some snacks.

Continuing past the pond we linked up with the Douglas Trail, and stumbled upon yet another snake (northern black racer). The ascent down is just as beautiful with great views of the Kittatinny Ridge.

All around a pleasant and rewarding hike. Much more secluded with less traffic compared to popular Mt. Tammany. Challenging, yet relaxing. Some parts of the trail is quite narrow with much overgrowth so take care to wear long pants and use bug spray.

Happy Hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A fairly average hike in terms of difficulty in the area, with some rewarding views around the lake. There is a trail that loops around the lake making a figure 8 shape of the entire hike's path that I would recommend.

2 months ago