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Nice, shady, short trail. Good for kids. There’s a swing along the way and a very shallow creek the kids had fun playing in. Lots of birds. It feels like you are in the woods, but it’s really close to a residential neighborhood.

hiking
27 minutes ago

The hike was great with Cumcumber Falls just in the first half mile. The falls were very crowded but past that there was little traffic. A little misleading as the trail just ends at an intersection with no destination. Overall good hike and nice to finish with a quick dip in the river.

It was a slightly challenging trail after being tired out from our morning hike. Also the River seems dried out and there were no waterfalls visible on this trail. Getting to the river bank was also a challenge as the last 0.2 miles were steep and not clearly marked

Very nice trail! In great condition it goes up into the pine trees, and well as down into the fern filled creek area. Very easy, good for kids as well as dogs.

We loved this trail!

Great trail! We found the trailhead right off of Trent Road. There was a sign for it and a parking lot. It runs parallel to Tram Road Trail, which we took as the return part of our loop- crossing back to Pumphouse via Shay near the end. The beautiful “lagoon” ( my word) at the end of the trail rivals the dam for interest and beauty. Great signage at every crossroad.

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
2 hours ago

trail started out nice, although a bit rocky. the bugs were horrible, although I did go on a very humid day. rating is mainly for the not well marked trail. when I got around to make the loop came to a meadow and went on each trail that was marked and all said we were going the wrong way. had to just walk in the direction of the map through the overgrown meadow of sticker bushes until finally finding the trail.

hiking
3 hours ago

A challenging hike through secluded, fern-covered hardwood forest on trails that are well marked and maintained. The trail doesn’t exactly have mountaintop vistas, but it does offer some pretty views of Oil Creek below and the waterfalls running down the hillside into the creek — and it will make you climb to earn those views. My wife and I shortened the hike a bit on the southwest end of the trail (we hiked counterclockwise), cutting the corner by turning onto Pioneer Road and picking up the Oil Creek Trail for a short stretch before turning back onto the Gerard Trail. That shaved about 2 miles off the hike, but we still ended up around 14.5 miles hiked in approximately 6 1/2 hours. We loved the scenery and the peace and quiet, and we went home tired and happy.

Nice local trail. Went at 9am and saw 2 people the entire time. My only warning is there will come a point where you have to cross the water by walking over rocks. Some of them are really wiggly and some are slippery so be careful! Could easily lose your footing. I'm not sure if there's an alternate path or not.

I imagine this trail varies a lot depending upon the season. In early summer you start on an ATV trail which isn’t great, and the spur off of it isn’t identifiable so I ended up walking an extra mile up the ATV trail to the main loop in the forest. Thunderswamp trail was a bit overgrown but not unmanageable. Lots of broken and loose slate so look out for snakes in the heat. Going around the Thinderswamp to the south was also fine. The loop back was impassable without long pants and a willingness to wade through waist high grass. We took the road and passed on the ticks.

hiking
3 hours ago

I really like this trail when I am looking for something a little shorter but still a good workout. It has several inclines that give you a pretty good workout the trail has a few spots with rocks and roots, but most of it is packed dirt or gravel. There were a lot of trees down from a spring storm, but the trails was completely cleared.

running
bugs
rocky
3 hours ago

Lovely trail marked well but rockier with lots of roots. More suitable for hiking than running.

hiking
bugs
over grown
5 hours ago

Trail starts out very nice, but becomes completely overgrown the closer one gets to Bruce Lake. Its more like bush-wacking. Parts of the trail winds through mountain laurel patches where you need to bend over to pass under the boughs. Lots of ticks, buggy. Not recommended.

hiking
over grown
8 hours ago

This trail was not marked very well and was overgrown. We started out going counter-clockwise, But when we couldn’t find any more blazes at one point we turned around and went the other way (clockwise). There were several offshoots of this trail marked with the same color blazes, so it was a bit confusing. There were no overlooks, but we did see the ruins of a chimney in the woods.

Nice trail that's close to home. I like to pick it from the Water Street Rd trail head. Shaded, can be muddy in spots when there's been rain. There are quite a few places to get down right near the water.

Very easy (in my opinion) and only trail in Cherry Springs State Park. Grass was very high in parts, so watch for tics. Cool interpretive signs as you go through telling you about the astronomical aspects of the park as well as information on the area, wildlife and timber industry is Pennsylvania. Located close to several other state parks, it is worth taking the time to check out. Unfortunately I was unable to visit the park at night when it really comes alive with stars.

hiking
rocky
12 hours ago

beautiful trail with outstanding vistas and interesting rock formations. the trail was quite rocky in some areas. I highly recommend hiking boots.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
13 hours ago

Great PA forest diversity. You’ll see all nature has to offer on this one. Must do!

hiking
bugs
no shade
14 hours ago

Wildflowers +++ Bald eagles. Other wildlife. Scenic. I went on an almost 90-degree day and trail had very little shade. Oops! Otherwise, B - B+.

loved this hike! found lots of millipedes, snails and other cool critters. hiked with a 9 mo old, 2 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old. 2 year old struggled but could have done it on a not so cranky day. great view.

hiking
rocky
scramble
14 hours ago

Great trail! We had a lot of fun scrambling up the creek- definitely wear non-slip hiking shoes or get your feet wet and walk in the creek. Our dog loved the climb- but wouldn’t recommend it for dogs who pull as some rock climbs are a bit tricky! it was shaded majority of the way and everyone (maybe 20 people?) was polite. We took our time and it took us 2hr. Only caveats were what everyone else said: 1) some of the blue markers were difficult to see around the creek and 2) we anticipated better views of the river but it was brief due to foliage.

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