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

Did the blue trail. Very well marked and easy to follow. Easy hike as well. Will be doing the black trail next trip for a little more distance and hopefully more elevation gain. Didn’t take as long as predicted.

Love the area. It may not have vistas and not overly difficult but the area is great to hike in. Plenty of trails to do 10 miles to 40 in a weekend. Very nice camping spots along most of the trails as well and established camp grounds, with privys, if you're not interested in backcountry camping.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Nice rugged trail for well ridden mt bikers, beginners need not apply.

This is not easy. Wasn’t for me anyways. Was fun though

Most of this trail is part of the horseshoe trail also. This part is clearly marked. It is nice to see a trail with no litter, unlike other nearby trails.

Not 6 miles!! I didn’t track it but it was between 1 and 2 miles. But it was a nice hike. It was beautiful.

Beautiful scenery! Good hike. We took the dog he loved it too!

Great trail, with pleasant views. Cross rolling hills, along a stream, with views from the woods of farmers fields. You will cross seven bridges over streams and a tunnel under 944. At the top of the ridge you can sit on a rock bench and enjoy the view. A bit muddy today, particularly on our way back to the trailhead after the ground thawed.
I will do this hike again.

The reservoir is a beautiful spot. Great wide open camping area.

Poorly mapped, but a great adventure!!

Muddy but a very well marked along the creek and up the mountain. The trail has beautiful scenery and is very well maintained. The overlook is a nice bonus.

This is our go-to spot since it is pretty close to Philadelphia and it's a loop. It's not always easy to drive many hours for a hike so this works. Great spots to camp, moderate elevations. Southern loop was recently rerouted and has a lot to offer - waterfall with rope swing and a nice swimming hole as well as BEAVERS. Get outside folks and leave no trace!

23 days ago

The actual Alan Seeger loop is only .8 miles. But it is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful old growth Hemlock, countless native rhododendrum, and stone creek , make up this hike. I would be sure to wear higher boots because you will get you feet wet. In some areas the trail was flooded up to my shins this evening. Also this trail is not blazed, so just use your eye and it's pretty easy to stay on track. Especially with the rhododendrum actually forming tunnels over the trail in some placed, makes it difficult to go to far off.

A nice hike with no real elevation. Very wet and gushy at places. Pinchot is a very nice park and great for camping!!

Great times with friends out on the trail. Didn’t quite finish but conquered 2/3 of the trail. It’s been an annual trip every summer.

Absolutely love this trail for the summer, the waters cold but worth the swim!

Hiked from Sherwood Dr parking to Darlington Shelter and back. It was a fun hike although the trail was quite swampy in spots. Definitely recommend some waterproof hiking boots. The climb up to the overlook is just enough to get the heart rate going. Nice view. Looking forward to doing this hike again after it dries out!

Short steep climbs with level grades in between. We did this as an overnight with a side trip into Ketchum Run Gorge, which I highly recommend. There is a west facing campsite at the edge of the gorge that the trail passes by. If you want to be treated to an amazing sunset, camp here. You can also hike down into the gorge. There is a small waterfall there. Very nice outing.

difficult hiking, but we always made it worth it with apple pie before we went home.

beautiful country

10.6 miles from OH line to darlington. 86 floors the elevation changes are tough if you’re not used to it. Indian rock lookout is great.

Headed out on the trail for the first time at the end of January, took our 100lb dog with us. It was a muddy mess but fun. Plenty of other pups out there as well. The final ascent was steep, even slowed down the dog, but it was worth it.

In January this year I hiked a loop in Cowans Gap SP:

Parking lot - Tuscarora Trail S. - Geyer Trail - Cameron Trail - Plessinger Trail - Lakeside Trail - Parking lot

Total 4 miles long.

All sections of the loop were well maintained. Saw a few people fishing on the frozen lake near the end.

I have now camped on the AT sites twice now (Fall and Winter) and the trail, site, and scenery are all great. The reservoir is a unique and fantastic place to be in all 4 seasons.

One of the best vistas I have seen in PA. Deffinitly a hike to check out. Nice and vigorous up hill as well.

At Dead woman’s hollow end they are doing a reforestation where most of the underbrush has been burnt & quite a few acres of trees taken out... sign said September they began but it’s still in the process as of 1/10/18 ... I didn’t find the trail too impressive however it is a fairly easy hike with less steps & more flat area on the trail.

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