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Easy trail for people looking to get into backpacking. Tons of camping spots (my favorite is the one by the waterfalls) and plenty of water to filter throughout the trail. I agree that the trail can be overgrown in some areas but the trail blazes (orange) are easy enough to follow, just make sure you pay attention as some of the trail has been rerouted so the online maps may not be spot on. As others have mentioned there are a ton of ticks in this forest so bring bug spray or better yet have your clothes treated. Not much to see other than the waterfalls but if youre looking to try new gear out or do an easy overnight I would recommend this trail.

Hiked the South loop last year prior to the reroute. Super close to a bear, but it ran off no problem. There was a plant tunnel I believe it was Mt. Laurel. I really enjoyed that. Oh and I must of been there at the right time to pick wild blueberry. Same as the North with the campsites a bit disappointed with trash left. behind. Worth doing again I think I'll do the whole trail next time and stay overnight.

it may habe been because I came after.alot of rain but coming here looking for some nice long trail loops along the water but all I got was water.logged, poorly kept trails. Frank gantz trail is completely overgrown and now some of the trails are streams. others are muddy disasters. dogs cant go o beach or in water. Looks like a nice place to boat or have a picnic but that's about it....already for today.

backpacking
3 months ago

My buddy and I did this trail in a day and a half over memorial day weekend at a leisurely pace! Following just the orange blazes this trail will clock in at just a little over 26 miles! We thought 21 miles when we set out but it is actually 26! Awesome trail! Elevation changes were very few and mild! The map at the trailhead is useless! I got lucky and downloaded a map that I felt was correct and it worked for me! Also this trail is extremely easy to follow as I believe they just freshly painted the orange blazes which you can't go more than 100yds without picking up a blaze they are everywhere! There where lots of ticks on the north loop but seemed to mellow out on the south loop! There were times you would think your walking up a creek in above ankle water but don't worry that's just the Pinchot trail! I had a blast and a smile on my face the whole time!

hiking
5 months ago

TICKS EVERYWHERE. Trail is poorly maintained and overgrown throughout. Our group found literally dozens of ticks over two days, primarily dog ticks, but also two deer ticks.

Trail maps available online are wildly outdated (over 10 years) and there are no detailed maps at the trailhead - only an area map that reduces the entirety of the Pinchot North and South loops to a 2 inch by 3 inch simplified representation of the trail network. Formerly mapped trails are either no longer listed or no longer maintained, but this is unclear since they wouldn't fit on this tiny map. Yellow dot trails appear in multiple places along northern loop, but it is not always clear which trails they correspond to (Pinchot trail is orange; ALL other trails are yellow). Some trail markers do not follow standard patterns to determine direction of trail, and at some point in time, they switched from Blue to Orange, and did not thoroughly ensure all markers were updated. Additionally, many revisions have been made to the trail such that miles/hours of distance are added as compared to former routes.

Other reviews mention "swampy trails", but that doesn't accurately describe the miles of trail under a foot of water. At one point, we mistook part of the trail for a body of water that was curiously unmapped (the trail had become an 8 foot wide, several foot deep river). Waterproof boots are hardly enough, and it's likely that you will sink and take on water, even with extreme caution.

I had done this trail under good, dry conditions years ago, and the scenery is quite beautiful, but clearly this trail has been heavily neglected, and is not suitable for use under anything less than perfect conditions - and even that is questionable.

Review from Keith below is completely in line with our experience, though he WAS NOT part of our group, so this was not an isolated experience.

TICKS EVERYWHERE. Trail is poorly maintained and overgrown throughout. Our group found literally dozens of ticks over two days, primarily dog ticks, but also two deer ticks.

Trail maps available online are wildly outdated (over 10 years) and there are no detailed maps at the trailhead - only an area map that reduces the entirety of the Pinchot North and South loops to a 2 inch by 3 inch simplified representation of the trail network. Formerly mapped trails are either no longer listed or no longer maintained, but this is unclear since they wouldn't fit on this tiny map. Yellow dot trails appear in multiple places along northern loop, but it is not always clear which trails they correspond to (Pinchot trail is orange; ALL other trails are yellow). Some trail markers do not follow standard patterns to determine direction of trail, and at some point in time, they switched from Blue to Orange, and did not thoroughly ensure all markers were updated. Additionally, many revisions have been made to the trail such that miles/hours of distance are added as compared to former routes.

Other reviews mention "swampy trails", but that doesn't accurately describe the miles of trail under a foot of water. At one point, we mistook part of the trail for a body of water that was curiously unmapped (the trail had become an 8 foot wide, several foot deep river). Waterproof boots are hardly enough, and it's likely that you will sink and take on water, even with extreme caution.

I had done this trail under good, dry conditions years ago, and the scenery is quite beautiful, but clearly this trail has been heavily neglected, and is not suitable for use under anything less than perfect conditions - and even that is questionable.

From a scenery and wildlife perspective the trail is a five. We saw deer, porcupine, beaver, skunk, multiple toad/frog species, and snakes. The meadows and swamps were spectacular. Here is why the trail gets 2 stars. The trail gets inundated with water. This makes sections very complicated to traverse. It’s frustrating because their is high ground were the trail could have been routed. The all trails map is not accurate there are reroutes in the south loop that are not indicated. However the most overwhelming reason the trail gets 2 stars is TICKS! My cousin and I pulled or flicked over 50 ticks of us. Once home I brushed and washed my gear. I must of knocked 20 more ticks off while cleaning. Only had 3 bites and not one tick was a deer tick. Still you had to be super vigilant monitoring for ticks. It greatly detracted from the trip. We cut the trip short due to the ticks. Winter is the only season I would hike this trail again.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a fun trail! It was well marked but be aware that there is a good amount of brush along this trail. Had to stop every 20 minutes to remove ticks. Make sure to spray up before you hit this one.

trail running
7 months ago

What a beautiful peaceful run the view is gorgeous

8 months ago

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!

backpacking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Excellent beginner backpacking trail. Nice campsites. Not too difficult. We backpacked it with two nights out and a total of slightly more than 13 hours of hiking total for the whole loop AUG 25-27 2017. Video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT2bh66OxAU

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Good trail for the beginning backpacker like us. Did the whole Pinchot Trail AUG 25-27 201. Parked at the north loop parking area and started hiking CCW at 5 pm on Friday AUG 25 and got to the Painter's Creek camp at 7:45, 5.5 miles total. Ate Wawa hoagies that night and went to sleep. Got up the next day and hiked 15 miles including a side trip to the Pine Hill observation tower to the very south end camp near Phelps Road (?). Then finished the last 7 miles on Sunday morning with a early lunch stop at Stone Tower which is a pile of rocks. Nice camps and easy trail from the up/down perspective. However, this is a relatively challenging trail for other reasons: (1) many rocky sections that require deft footwork and good footwear and (2) swampy sections that can get ugly. We all wore real hiking boots are were happy that we did. Probably will not come back to this exact hike considering there are so many other trails in the region and this was pretty boring overall. Again, this is a good backpack trip to dial-in your backpacking systems and get used to putting some miles in.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Decent trail. Easy hike. Going clockwise just under three miles is abandoned highway, just under two is rail line (not my fav) and the rest through cool forest. Decent flora and fauna.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I followed the loop going counter clock-wise. The trail was very narrow and overgrown for about half of it. Navigating was a tad difficult at times Once you get past choke creek, things start to open up a lot more. Campsites are very plentiful. You'll run into at least one every 10 - 30 minutes or so; especially on the creek. The scenery changed quite a bit from dense forest to flower and fern fields. Elevation change was minimal. If the trail wasn't this overgrown, I'd give this maybe a 4 out of 5.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Good trail and easy as described. We did the loop clockwise which has a very gradual and not noticeable up hill grade and a short downhill. The observation tower is well worth the two additional minutes to get there. Parts of the trail ate overgrown, but the blazes are great.

backpacking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great beginner trail that provides a wilderness experience but limited to a short trail. Some places are thick to traverse.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Very cool trail. Camp along Choke Creek. Trail goes through some tall mountain laurel, like going through a tunnel. Nice over nighter to test out some new equipment.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

I did the North Loop and South Loop in 10 hours

backpacking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Both trails are very beautiful, many water sources. I would definitely do this in a small group or solo.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Such a beautiful beautiful trail ! Don't let the weather keep you from this beauty is wonderful in all seasons !

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

was really a great hike! took us 3 hours n we took 2 extra side trails beside choke trail. follow the orange then yellow markers for the nature trail NOT Butler trail. lots of cool beaver dams n beautiful stream scenery. trail is flood out in some places due to dams. easy to reroute n find trail again. for a novice walking stick is a good idea leaves covered rocks roots n branches

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

This is a really nice trail. Not much elevation gain or sweeping views but the diversity in terrain and scenery is great. You walk through a mountain laurel jungle and exit into spruce and hemlock along a stream. There is a lot of beaver activity and plenty of places to stop and enjoy lunch or some quiet time. The second half is a less interesting hardwood forest along the state boundary with a sportsman club. It ends with a 1.5 mile walk along a large grass road and Tannery Rd. Here is the PROBLEM, the trail appears to be well marked as you follow the orange blazes. The thing is, the orange blazes do not mark the Choke Creek trail, they mark the Pinchot Trail of which Choke Creek is a part of. There is no where that this is indicated; no info at the trailheard and no signage along the way. Just before about 4 miles there is a junction the indicates Nature Trail or Butler Trail. What happened to Choke or Pinchot? Butler continues with the orange blazes and is well maintained. Nature Trail is not initially marked and appears small and not well traveled. Even though Butler appears to be the correct trail to stay on the loop - IT IS NOT. Take the nature trail. It is about .5 miles long and brings you out onto the large grass road. The trail is marked yellow.

backpacking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Easy trail. The south trail is well used and I picked up a good amount of overnight camp site trash. Leave no trace? Please respect the trails!

Fun for a solo or small group hike. 26.4 on my gps.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Not the best marked trail. Keep an eye out when the blazes switch from blue to yellow after prospect rock. Only about 1 mile total is wooded trail. Mostly flat. There is a nice walk on old Rt. 611. Did it with my dad who is 63 and had no problems. Timed at 2 hrs 45 mins. Overall a nice hike, in a nice park.

hiking
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The pic of the trail didn't watch the actual trail at all. However, i'm new to this page so that may be normal and common and y just don't know it yet. Only the first 1/3 to maybe 1/2 is hiking and the rest is flat walking in old or quiet roads. I did it in only 2 hours. Over all a nice trail.

trail running
Saturday, October 06, 2012

Ran one of the Poccono Xterra races there. Loved the trail and the park. Trail was hilly and rocky, I most likely wouldnt bring my younger kids on it. They could do it but it wouldnt be fun for them. (date may not be right. I dont remember now)

hiking
1 month ago

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