Tom Lowe Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Tom Lowe Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly 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 birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
990 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

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.

hiking
17 days ago

19 days ago

Really nice hike with great features. When you are on the logging road, the trail goes left at the three orange marks near the sign about the controlled burn. The logging road also has orange marks, but they are long and a slightly different shade of orange.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail, very well marked. Bugs were a problem, but that comes with the territory of water nearby, my dog loved it.

hiking
24 days ago

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29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I started on the Sand Spring trail and then picked up the Tom Lowe trail as most reviews were suggesting that. Love the small waterfalls and sand springs. It does get rocky in some sections and as others mentioned the blazes are a little confusing. The Tom Lowe trail is thick in sections and you are basically bushwhacking so bring tick repellant. When you see little side trails that are like deer paths, take them. They lead to little hidden gems. Overall a great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Loved hiking around this trail. We started on the Sand Spring trail and then picked up the Tom Lowe Trail. Beautiful small waterfalls!

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

6 months ago

Starting with the Sand Spring Trail was great, we went on a foggy morning and everything was lush and green. The Sand Spring was so neat. The Tome Lowe Trail was beautiful. Countless waterfalls and the streams were easy to cross. Rocky in some sections but manageable and the blazes were easy to see. Can't wait to do the loop again!

6 months ago

Would have given 5 stars had the trail been marked better. As other reviews mention, there is a wide service road, also with orange blazes, which can be a little confusing for someone that is not familiar with the area. There is a narrow & steep section of this trail that was slippery while snow covered. We began on Sand Spring Trail & connected to this trail, making a nice 5.6ish mile loop that began & ended at the parking area. There are water crossings. Hiked this trail with dogs & they did fine.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail may very well be my new favorite place to hike. There was approximately 1.5 inches of snow on the ground, the woods were thick, and the trail was nowhere as rocky as Hawk Mountain. Plenty of water crossings, some small waterfalls, and some great scenery for a winter hike. Most of the trail was within a valley surrounded by mountains which offered a true alone feeling. Lots of seclusion and peacefulness. Really looking forward to doing this one next summer

hiking
6 months ago

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice 3 hour hike. Be careful as the blazes can be misleading. I took the blue Sand Spring trail up and joined Tom Lowe trail for the way back. After blue blazed Sand Spring, the first 10 minutes of the Tom Lowe trail is a wide orange blazed service road. The orange blazed TL trail then goes off to the left and starts down on a typical PA woods hiking trail, however, the service road goes right and is also Orange blazed. The service road goes for at least another mile out to the AT. Easy to get on the wrong orange blazes thinking you're on Tom Lowe trail when you're not. Also, wear orange in season as I saw a few hunters along the trail.

9 months ago

9 months ago

Def enjoyed it. Half way around i found a decent rock to rest on and eat. When u park ur car at the gps spot, the trail going counter clockwise is about 200 yards up past the gate. Takes about 3 hrs to do the loop. Nothing too steep. I didnt see any rattlesnake, but its mid Oct now. Didn't see any other people on the trail either. Good trail for a work out. Not much to really see on it, but good to work out on.

hiking
9 months ago