Whitetail Trail is a 16.6 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hopwood, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.6 km Elevation Gain: 728 m Route Type: Point to Point

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Chestnut Ridge from Lick Hollow S.P. to the Quebec Run Wild Area (10 mi) The Whitetrail Trail runs across the top of Chestnut Ridge from Lick Hollow to the Quebec Run Wild Area through State Forest and State Game Lands. A challenging trail, the lack of hiker trafic can allow the trail to become overgrown and obscured by ferns. Pay attention to the blue blazes. In the past, this area was heavily forested and is still criss-crossed by abandonded logging roads. While it can be hot in mid-June, that is also the time that the Mountain Laurel blooms. One short bypass is to continue up Pine Knob Trail from Lick Hollow to the Pine Knob overlook. The expansive view is highly recomended. Another rigorous 2.5 mile side trip is to White Rocks. In 1810, Polly Williams fell to her death from these rocks. She was rumored to have been murdered; pushed off by her reluctant fiancee. In more recent times, rock climbers have obtained permission from the private owners to climb the sandstone faces.

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25 days ago

OVER VIEW: 3/4 of the Whitetail Trail is a beautiful and well marked single track trail with some decent climbs and descents. The trail crosses some picturesque streams, through mossy understory, Mt. Laurel stands and offers a viewpoint. These miles alone would make this hike near a 5-star rating. The other 1/4 of the journey is on rutted forest roads and through two major timbering operations that are not clearly marked and may detract from the experience but should not deter those wanting to do a rewarding and challenging point-to-point day hike. Starting at the Hess parking area of the norther border of Quebec Run Wild Area (which is an exceptional place to hike as well), the trail runs north and dips down to Long Run and then ascends to the ridgeline. Within a 1 mile of the Long run crossing, you'll encounter the first logging area. Keep a keen eye for the vertical red blazes. Make sure you have a map or GPS to help guide you through this and the other logging area. We got off trail a couple times but were able to reorient and find the trail. The trail then goes back to nice single track that parallels and eventually crosses Skyline Drive. There is a parking area near the halfway point. Shortly after passing the parking area you'll encounter the second timbering area. Again, pay close attention to the red vertical blazes when you come to utility right of ways and logging roads. After that, you descend into a beautiful section with another stream crossing and a steep climb back up to a logging road. Remain on the logging road for at least a mile or more and take in the view at Pine Knob (Pittsburgh's US Steel Building can be seen to the NW on clear days) then descend through another beautiful single track section into Lick Hollow Picnic Area, where parking is available. I would imagine the trail getting particularly overgrown in the summer and think the best time to hike would be Late winter/ Spring.

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9 months ago

I started at the lick run picnic area and hiked out to the pine knob overlook which is a must see and continued on the white tail heading southish. The trail was narrow, rocky and fun. With that deep mountain feel with all the ferns. About 3 miles in you start to see the logging which normally is depressing but used to it. In this case the geniuses over at coastal energy decided to mark the no cut trees red which is also the trail markers color. Trail is nonexistent I look to be the first one to come through in months but if u follow the Mark's that are vertical while avoiding the slash looking ones it will lead you to an old logging road. I couldn't pick up the trail after that so I made a left on the logging road. Following it down to its end brings you out on skyline drive. Make a right and walk down the road about .3 miles until you come to a parking lot with the trail running right behind it. I rejoined the trail there making a left i finished the last 5 miles or so without any issues.

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

There was a half finished logging expedition that took out all the trail blazes 15 min into my hike, so I had to turn around

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Mon May 07 2018

My original plan was to park at Lick Hollow Picnic area for a two day trip, out and back to the Quebec Run Wilderness Area. But when I found out that they don't allow overnight parking at Lick Hollow (and that it doesn't open until Memorial Day), I decided to start at Quebec Run and hike north instead of south. I learned, however, that there is no camping allowed at the Pine Knob overlook area, so I had to make do elsewhere. There is a small parking area on Pine Knob Road where the trail leaves the road to head toward Redstone Creek. Redstone Creek appears to be a reliable source of water year-round (always a good idea to treat water). There is a large clearing suitable for group camping (could easily hold a half dozen tents) a bit north of the power line cut near Long Run. The trail is very well blazed, but not well-worn. The toughest elevation change is the approach to Redstone Creek coming from the south.

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Mon Jul 31 2017

This trail was on my to-do list for awhile. It is great some beautiful deep woods scenery and a few hidden waterfalls! I started at the trailhead in Quebec then hiked to pine knob trail and down to lick hollow parking area! The trail is marked very well. The only gripe I have is the trail does have a section that goes through some pretty thick ferns for a mile or two. Also if you are coming the way I did you do walk for about a mile on a back dirt road. Not a big deal but it could be rerouted to be completely in the woods!

Fri Oct 14 2016

Today I walked the Southern three miles of WhiteTail Trail from the Quebec Run Wild Area parking to Laurel Caverns (not that there is a good connector to Laurel Caverns). Trail markings of blazed red on trees are in good condition. Long

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Wed Sep 14 2016

I initially had difficulty finding the trail as the gps dropped me off in an obscure location by a garage. In speaking to one of the servicemen, there was another location climbing the hill on 40 East (Licking Hollow Picnic Area). The gate was closed but I checked with authorities, and it's ok to park there as long as the gate isn't blocked. The trail head is located about a quarter mile down into the park just to the left of the vacant rangers quarters. Keep your eyes open and be sure to hang a sharp right onto Pine Knob trail. I'm glad I had my all trails app. I hiked about four miles in. There's not a lot for views in this stretch, but it takes first place for seclusion ... peace and quiet.

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Sun Dec 13 2015

Popular with hunters this time of year but the frail was in good shape. Lots of inclines making it challenging and a good workout. Directions were spot on.

Mon May 25 2015

For such little use trail is maintained well. Would be a descent single track

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