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Thunder Swamp Trail: South Loop is a 19.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 19.2 mi Elevation gain 1,676 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bike touring

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

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Getting There

Bureau of Forestry, Forest District #19, 570-895-4000, fd19@state.pa.us

From Interstate 80: Take US 209 north for 3.9 mi. Take a left onto PA 402 North in the town of Marshall's Creek. Take PA 402 another 7.7 mi to the main trailhead parking area on your right (east side of PA 402). Note: The main trail is now blazed ORANGE, and is no longer blazed blue.

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Reviews (24)
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Recordings (16)
Completed (38)
Eric Goldberg
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Hiking

Brutal terrain, craggy rocks, roots, lotsa large dead fall all over trail. Not highly traveled and not very well maintained. Great water sources and campsites.

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Blueass Hiker
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Hiking

We did just 1.7mi of this trail from 402. You will see a nice small swamp. The trail was rocky but moss on those rocks were just breathtaking.

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Allan Tittermary
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Hiking

Moderately tough hike because of the typical Pennsylvania terrain in the Water Gap area, lots of rocks.

Jenn Nelson
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HikingOver grownRocky

Nice trail and will try it again! Went after heavy rains and although there are bridges some creeks don’t have them and not safe to cross alone after the storms.

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Brett Gemzik
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Strongly recommend a stick or poles to walk with, rocks can get tricky. Not much more rocky than other PA trails. I would rate this as moderate for PA. I was there in the early spring after not much snow so was drier tan expected. Went clockwise from minisink lake, actual trailhead is at south end right off 402 near Bushkill. Camped on south end near Bushkill, there were four campsites with one maybe two suitable for a tent. I would bring a hammock with warmer weather. Needs some spring maintenance but otherwise very enjoyable hike, not too hard not too easy.

Anthony Mannino
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HikingOver grownRocky
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Andie Chalfant
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

The good stuff: beautiful woods, lots of wildlife (including a large timber rattler on the trail!), interesting ecosystems, not nearly as muddy as expected, very well marked, very few people. The not-so-good: about 75% of the trail extremely overgrown, ticks and poison ivy galore; about 90% ankle-twisting rocky to the point of becoming tedious. We followed the trail exactly and all came up with 20.2 miles, not the advertised 18.2.

Andrew Barnett
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Lots of ticks. Some sections of the trail are very overgrown, wet, or both. Trail is pretty well marked. Quite a few stream crossings.

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Scott Kunkel
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Geoffrey Peterson
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Joseph Kaelin
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Backpacking

MUst wear boots real rocky and was a wet summer feed were wet a lot was a great 2 day hike

Michael McCabe
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Started at trail head off 402 going counterclockwise. Stopped after just over 1 mile near Saw Creek due to poor trail maintenance (several dozen downed trees or large branches) and tons of poison ivy.

Jed Gibson
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike. Beware, the trail is not prepped for the season. Meaning, there are a lot of lot hanging branches and logs to jump over. Since it had just rained, there were several places that were too soft for trail shoes. Hiking boots are recommended. All told, it's long, moderate and gorgeous.

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