Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Blairstown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike with tons of amazing views! I did come across a bear with her two little cubs but they just walked on through. It’s a rocky trail but the elevation changes aren’t too drastic. I look forward to going back!

Great views for an easy hike, not much elevation gain and its very gradual. Trail is extremely rocky though, which is expected on the AT, so wear sturdy hiking boots. September I believe is the busiest time of the year do to nesting and trail being overcrowded with birdwatchers.

Started at the Douglas trailhead lot which had a decent amount of parking. Headed up the Douglas trail which was a pretty steep climb but the trail was wide and we took it at an easy pace. Connected with the AT and followed that to an area with a very nice overlook of the valley. Continued on the AT until we got to Sunfish Pond where we scoped out a shady spot for some lunch. Found a shedded snakeskin near our lunch spot which was neat. After lunch, got back on the AT and hugged the shoreline of the pond where we saw a few salamanders and a bunch of frogs. At the far end of the pond we came to the Garvey Springs trail which headed back down the mountain. At the junction with the Rockcores trail we went right which seemed to be a less traveled trail and it definitely paid off. As we made our way down we came across a young black bear digging through a rotting tree stump. Upon noticing us, the bear calmly ambled up the mountainside and out of sight. A short distance further and we were back to the parking lot. All in all, a nice 5 mile loop for a late morning / early afternoon hike!

Nice view without a huge elevation gain. Saw my first “wild” bear back at the trailhead near the AT hut.

Great hike! The MOC was also a great spot. Only problem was that we got turned around well before reaching even the merge w Kaiser because we walked right up on a very large bear standing just off the trail while coming around a bend. I was with my two young kids and dog (on leash) so didn’t want to take the chance of waiting it out and continuing on. The bear didn’t seem afraid and just kept doing what it was doing even though we were making plenty of noise. As soon as it turned away from us we slowly backed off and then hiked back down. The kids were psyched because we went and swam in the lake for a while instead. Which was a great way to end the outing. Will be back to do the full route ASAP!

A great hike through varied terrain. Outstanding for this area

The pond is very nice, there is a very large camping area with nice views, lots of fire rings in the camping section though fires are not allowed according to signage, i recommend you stick to the AT around the pond (white blazed) instead of taking the bypass trail so you dont miss the rock art, only down side is it seems to get very busy during the weekend, oh and make sure you stop at Llama ice cream after your hike, youll thank me later!

Good marked trail...did Coppermine-AT-Keiser Trail back to Copper.
steep climbs in spots and rocky..definitely a good hike/workout. Nice stream on the train for water if needed.

Nice views around the lake, otherwise mediocre views. Challenging steep uphill section to begin with for fit persons. Hiked feb 18. Took 3hr20 without stops. iPhone measured at 7 miles (?) would give 3.5 if could.

Great trail for unusual wildlife sighting.

As previously said, not a challenging trail, but it was a great day hike!
Due to the crazy weather, it may have been 12 degrees out but a large portion of the trail was under water.

Views (and silence) made up for it!

One of my favorite places to hike. The view is outstanding. To go as far as Raccoon Ridge, it's an out and back trail, But you can make it a loop by connecting the Keiser and the Copper mine Trail. Love all the trails near the Mohican Outdoor Center.

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8 months ago

The trail is not easy to find off if Shades of Death. I ended up pulling into a smaller parking area where there is an outhouse. Walking down a road and then making a right walking over and Earth bridge to the trail. It's an out and back trail. Not very exciting. I do like that you can continue on to the Summit Trail, to rest and enjoy the view.

Very nice view to the reservoir from the trail

Relatively easy trail as long as you wear boots. Expect it to take around 3 hours depending on your pace. We weren't in a hurry.

Definitely stop in at the AMC hut to get a map, they are very nice and helpful! Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up to and along the ridge, beautiful views once you reach the top! As another reviewer mentioned you'll know you're almost there when you see the Worthington State Forest sign.

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10 months ago

The area is beautiful, but when entering from the entrance off Shades of Death road the trail gets swallowed up in the forest. As soon as you get past the Fairy Cave the trail isn't maintained very well and it is easy to get confused as to where the trail continues.

Trail should be rated as moderate. Throughout most of the Hike you can hear Rte 80 roaring by, definitely takes away from the experience. The lake itself is gross and swampy looking, I didn't feel that it was worth the long decline to get there and then the climb back out. The woods are pretty and there were some neat rock formations. But the loud traffic sounds really took away from the whole experience. I would not do it again or recommend it to others, there are too many other great trails in the area.

This trail is not hard at all. There are a few steep and rocky parts but it was easy enough for my kids all under 8 years old.

We started on the Copper Mine Trail (red) to the A.T. then took Kaiser Trail (Blue) back down.

Some interesting old stone structures, geological features, small waterfalls, and a few vistas along the A.T. Overall it was fun for the kids especially when we surprised a timber rattlesnake.

The trails are well maintained and well blazed. There were at least a dozen other people here on a Sunday in September. Also several dogs off their leashes. Hardly any litter and lots of parking at the trailhead on Old Mine Road.

Try to go on this hike middle of September , 14,15,16,17, there will be the scientists up there doing the migrating raptor count it's very cool!

Great hike. Only a few people, not that I have a problem with people, and no highway noise! The dogs loved it! The views are so so.

The gorge makes the hike worth it. Overlook is okay.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AOK

great hike. not to heavy on the beginning. if you choose to take the Coopermine Trail loop which is beautiful with waterfalls, that will work your legs. Heaviest 1.3miles part, but so worth it.

Parked at started at coppermine trailhead, coppermine trail is nice trail- not rocky. Connected to the AT and walked to catfish firetower had lunch, and turned back the same way. Great views on the ridge on the AT and a waterfall on the coppermine trail.

Great trail! Plenty of opportunities for water refills and camping if doing an overnight. Wonderful views once you reach the AT ridge line. Must pay close attention to signs and your path because it's easy to go in the wrong direction or miss a turn. Watch out for snakes sun-bathing (they are more afraid of you than you are of them). Make sure to hang food if doing an overnight. Very peaceful. Somewhat highly trafficked but never an issue, just frequently encountered other people. Even saw trail magic right before Catfish Pond, offering drinks and hot dogs.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The best !!!

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