Water Tank and Rattling Run Trail Loop via Appalachian Trail

HARD 37 reviews

Water Tank and Rattling Run Trail Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tower City, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,686 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers


7 days ago

Not my cup of tea, but neither is the Appalachian Trail. I turned around after a mile.

29 days ago

rough terrain

Decent hike. Lots of bugs even with plenty of bug spray. The trail is overgrown in several sections. The map for the logging trail isn’t completely accurate. All in all it wasn’t a bad hike. It ended up being about 10.5 miles. The section of the AT this follows is gorgeous! You’re on it for about 3 miles. This was the best part. The section of the Horseshoe Pike Trail was very overgrown and hid lots of slippery rocks. I fell once and I never fall. I saw a good sized black bear on the logging trail. I didn’t see any snakes.

10 months ago

We did this hike yesterday with one exception, after going out to the tower, we proceeded on a blue blazed trail heading east then bushwhacked down the mountain on an old, orangish blazed trail that intersected with the blue trail. It wasn’t the Knauber trail. It was an adventure, but very steep and not much of a trail. Couple things, 1) be sure to check out the Devils Racecourse. When on Stagecoach Road, look for “BF” spray painted in red along the trail. 2) The tower was worth the climb.

Sun Jun 10 2018

Saw 2 Rattle snakes. Be aware when walking through the tall Grass at about the 3rd mile into this loop. Going counter clockwise. I wouldn't consider this one hard though. Most of it is flat and long on old logging road.

Sun Apr 08 2018

Very good day! Met a lot of hikers traveling to Maine wishes lots of luck and be safe.!

Sun Jan 28 2018

Good day!!

Thu May 04 2017

Nice loop for a day hike!

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