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Tom Lowe Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hamburg, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 902 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Rocky

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Great loop when connected with the Sand Spring Trail, solo or with the kids. Connects to AT via a Sand Spring side trail at the Upper Sand Spring If you follow the trail from the parking lot (about 20 cars) in a counter-clockwise fashion, the climbs are rather gentle. Plenty of places to stop, look at the streams, hike off trail along other feeder streams, lots of stream crossings, several fire rings, a few springs and the sand spring.

Great parking, big and can fit at least 20 cars. Never a problem parking even in height of fall!

Pennsylvania Bureau of Travel Marketing, 453 Forum Building , Harrisburg, PA, 17120, Phone: 717-787-5453

Rt 78, Shartlesville exit - go north, fork to left, follow road all the way back to a State Game land parking lot.

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tiffany Deysher
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

First time on trail...Great 5 mile wooded hike. Lots of streams and creeks flowing after a week of rain. Small waterfall off the path, which we almost missed....Tad buggy due to humidity, Tad overgrown in one spot...All and all a great morning hike....Would totally do it again!! Not a single soul on the trail...only saw people in parking area...

Jeremy P
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

We hiked the Sand Spring to the Tom Lowe counter-clockwise. My wife and I, with our 12 month daughter in the hiking pack. From the Start to the AT crossover at Tom Lowe, it was moderately difficult. Few faded markings but manageable and fun. From that point on it started off good until the downward decent. It was very steep and rocky. The trail had moments of beauty along the stream, but became buggy muddy and with lot of fall trees in the path. Not a bad hike, if done solo or without anyone in tow. The wife and I prolly bit off more than we could chew on this one. As our daughter fell asleep in the pack.

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Laurel Michelle
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Hiking

Buggy and a little overgrown at points but a nice trail overall

Gavin Daly
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HikingBugs

Good trail and interesting terrain as you navigate over rocky trails. Nice and shaded for much of the trail, which was needed on a hot day. Read some of the reviews and brought bug spray and would recommend that.

Angel Arroyo
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Charles Stephenson
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Over grownRocky

I would give the forest and the Sand springs a 5 out of 5, but the trail was over grown, including poison ivy, for about 30% of the length, with some of the strangest/uncomfortable rock scrambles. I think stretches of the trail are along old Creek beds, you'll be doing rock hopping for about 3/4 of a mile through out. Likely a good one for the colder months, but skip between April and October unless you like the feel of off trail hiking.

Colette Bailey
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

I saw the other reviews before going. Put on bug spray! Muddy because of all the rain lately. Interesting hike! Took the blue trail to start and then hooked in the orange trail Took 3 hours. Ready to get off by then

Charlotte Wood
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Amanda Daniels
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Jason S
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HikingRocky

Great trail and will go back. A lot of variety from water crossing, rocky sections, open sections, wide and narrow sections. Keeps kids interested the entire hike. Be sure to check out the actual sand spring (on blue trail). Also connects you to the Appellation Trail. One of my favs in this area!

Christofer Malpica
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Sally McQuinn
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Very much enjoyed this trail! I took the advice of another reviewer and took the blue blaze to the orange blaze. The orange blaze came around to the parking area by the gate. I enjoyed hearing the trees talk and the sound of the water flowing and water falls. You could hear it during most of the 5 mile trip. Very rocky and muddy as it has recently rained here. Beautiful scenery. Quiet trail..I only passed two people the entire 5 miles. One thing to note is i lost cell service for a good bit ( I have Verizon and rarely lose cell service). It's significant because if you get lost you can't just make a call. Yes, a lot of bugs...I used Doterra On Guard and and helped keep them mostly away. I highly recommend this trail for a fun adventure.

Reid S.E.
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