Explore the most popular scenic driving 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.

hiking
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Beautiful as ever but a bit icy. Would recommend crampons.

Walked the loop this morning. Some places are a bit of a challenge but, enjoyed every step.

walking
2 months ago

This trail is nice if you want to appreciate the foliage or water. The trail is lower in the mountains, so don’t expect a scenic overlook, but the stream next to it provides beautiful rock formations in blue-green water. At a fast pace, you’ll feel tuckered out by the end!

2 months ago

So far my favorite place in PA!!

this is a nice relaxing trail rather you ride the road or trail, I like to trail ride in and road ride out.

Hey, it's walking along the side of the highway through the park. There are nice bits to it, but it's rather dull otherwise. I will say the bike and walking lanes are well marked. There's plenty of traffic along this loop, both from bikers and walkers and people just going by in their cars.

I started at the boathouse and worked my way around clockwise. Occasionally there's a little bit of an incline here and there, but nothing that will drain you of any real energy. It's really just an endurance of basically every other walk you've probably had in your life expanded into something a little longer. It is good for kids, though, and there are a few playgrounds along the way as well as various pavilions to take a break if you need one.

Loved it.
Cant wait to go back again.
My 8 yr old grandsons first hike. He had a Great time

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little hike but half of it is on the road. Therefore I don’t agree with kid friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

If somebody asked me “what is the best first trail for me to hike near Pittsburgh?”, I would say “Kildoo Trail”. This is a great length; it requires you to work hard, but it’s not overwhelming; and the scenery is BEAUTIFUL. The terrain is steep, but manageable. Definitely wear boots and take water. And on nice days, be ready to share the trail with others ‘cause it gets CROWDED. But it is a beautiful hike that you will love!

4 months ago

So many nice little spots to relax by the little river.

Lots of wildlife, Flowers, beautiful boulders, waterfalls, covered bridge and a working Old Mill. Good hike a little rocky and muddy in spots. Probably my Favorite trails in Pennsylvania

Short Video of some of the Trail
https://youtu.be/EGrshck_ArM

walking
4 months ago

great trail, beautiful area, busy trail with a variety of pedestrians (bikes, roller bladers, runners, strollers, dogs, etc).

walking
5 months ago

This is what everyone thinks about when you mention North Park.
It is an easy though long-ish walk depending on the speed of your party. The majority of the path is beside a road and fairly removed from the lake or woods. It is also very popular so expect lots of families, joggers, dogs, etc. There are some lovely views, especially of the Boathouse, and it's fun to see all the different people enjoying the park too.
It is nice when you want an easy walk to maybe chat with friends but there are better trails if you want a real work out or be more immersed in nature.

The trail that my bf and I hiked was very scenic and decent for hiking. What I didn't like was that it wasn't a separate trail. On the map, it showed all trails connect to other trails. It would be easier to follow if it remained its own trail.

Since each trail has it's own parking area, it would be hard to go on other trails. The hike back to my car would have been exhausting if I chose to switch trails.

Worst trail ever. No trail markers at all. Without our gps we would have been lost. Had to cut across to get back to our vehicle.

walking
5 months ago

Great trail for young children! Easy and well maintained. Beautiful area with a lovely lake.

hiking
5 months ago

The view at parking lot 2 is absolutely gorgeous, and it's the starting point of the loop if you follow the directions from the All Trails app. There is no Camelback loop trail actually. The loop contains the South Trail and a mile or so of road to get back to the parking lot. There are only signs for the South Trail. The route on the map is accurate. If you record your hike in the All Trails app, you can follow the GPS directions to complete the hike. We did it in July, and there were lots of bugs, I would recommend bringing bug spray.

hiking
5 months ago

We did a short hike: the Hemlock Trail, which was a bit of a climb at times, with rocky, narrow, overgrown sections; plus there were several large downed trees across the path which had to be climbed over. After Hemlock Trail joins Swift Run Trail (across the bridge), we turned right, heading back to the parking lot. Evidently there's much more traffic on that trail, as it was well-defined and easy going. A few downed trees along the way, but with 'cut outs' in them, passage was a breeze.
Absolutely loved the hike, wild and beautiful woodlands...magnificent mosses & ferns & lichen-covered rocks...and of course, the giant trees --gorgeous! And perhaps best of all, we didn't encounter a single soul....the solitude was an added blessing!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. During our trip the trees provided a wonderful canopy from the rain and the hot summer sun for most of it. Great trail with some exciting challenges throughout.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice to get lost among the tall hemlocks for a while. I read reviews before I went, especially about climbing over downed trees, but there were a lot more and they were more difficult than I expected. We did counter clockwise to go up the mountain on the switchbacks. It was a climb but manageable. The decent gets pretty steep and you have to watch your step with so many twigs on the ground it’s easy to lose your footing. Watch for the plane crash at the top, still several pieces of wreckage you will notice on the right. Decent trail but nothing too amazing to make me feel like I need to do it again.

hiking
6 months ago

Just hiked this today with my dog (4 month old lab). He loved it just as much as I did. Definitely recommend this trail for someone who’s looking for a beautiful hike with a slight challenge to it. One of the best in the area in my opinion!

love this place

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, lots of rocks and tree roots to keep you in your toes. A stop in the Grist mill is definitely a plus. I’m just sad that I didn’t do this hike sooner. I will definitely do it again.

Did the trail this morning with 4 kids 5 and under. All were able to make the whole trail walking on their own. It was definitely tricky in spots, and you have to be careful on the narrow spots. But it was absolutely beautiful. Multiple waterfalls along the way, interesting wildlife, and gorgeous scenery along the river the whole way. Definitely worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

great views, one side of trail is a little tougher than the other but great just the same

on Kildoo Trail

6 months ago

Always enjoyable. Beautiful scenery.

Other scenic drives are pretty amazing from beginning to end. Over 90 miles this had about 4 cool spots to stop and check out and multiple views of rolling hills. The vast majority of this drive was either through neighborhood/cities or shrouded by tree line. The main highlight of this drive is the view at the summit, approximately halfway along the route. The hotel at the top had a huge deck and restaurant and it was a spectacular place for a sunset. It is also a few meters from the only pullout (Southbound) along the entire road.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous scenery, hike loop is short but a good workout, easy to access, close to cities.
PLEASE NOTE - very dangerous, slippery rocks (hence the creek name) next to whitewater current creek. Respect the dangers and stay on the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, like lots of others said, just watch your footing. My (newly) 4 year old hiked the whole trail, with me holding her hand for most of the uneven terrain but enough space for me to walk with her. My husband had our 2 year old in a backpack carrier. She did the flatter areas at the beginning and end by both bridges. Kids loved the little waterfalls and saw a newt.

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