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Michael Miller
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HikingOver grown
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Erik Spurgin
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HikingOver grown

I really enjoyed this trail and opted to go clockwise to do the major ascent first. It didn’t look like anyone except a Forest Ranger had been on this trail for a long while, but frankly that was fine as I prefer the solitude and gladly trade that for a little overgrowth. Staying on trail was relatively easy despite the absence of blazes and very little signage.

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Rebecca Piscia
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HikingBugsOff trail

Had a nice time on this route! Goes off marked trails at the beginning so pay attention to the app to keep you on track. Shade most of the way, but a few stretches towards the end where you’re out in the sun. Barely anyone was there today! This loop doesn’t include the overlook so make sure to check that out!

Sunny Ross
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Mountain biking

This trail is a relatively well maintained two track with hard packed gravel and hard packed dirt in some places. It follows the river and is shaded, quiet and beautiful. It includes two train tunnels, bridges, river views, dappled scenery, wildlife, and historical sites. There is no cell service along much of the trail and in some of the small towns in the area so download or screen shot maps before arrival. We have ridden 3 sections so far and rest areas and free camping are disbursed about every 5 miles. There are quite far distances between towns though so be prepared with food and repair kits. Cass, Watoga State park, and Droop mountain areas are also interesting, lovely rides but our favorite ride is an out and back for a total of 20 miles from Marlinton at mile 55 north to Sharps Tunnel and Bridge at mile 65. Historic features in this section include a restored water tower and an old turntable. On our last ride to Sharps Tunnel in early July we saw just a handful of riders and hikers on the trail, a deer herd crossing the river, chipmunks, many bird varieties, and a young bear crossing the trail!

Melanie Barsotti
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Hiking

Well maintained. Nice hike through the woods with plenty of wildlife and interesting sights and rock formations.

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Luke Walkush
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HikingScramble

A friend and I hiked this trail in late June on an overcast/sunny day. We took a slight detour and began the hike on Rattlesnake trail. Our detour was an accident, but a blessing in disguise. The portion of the Rattlesnake trail that we stumbled upon was a very engaging scramble. It slowed our pace down quite a bit, but the huge rock formations in the middle of the forest were fun obstacles to weave through. The remainder of the hike was well maintained forest ground... the path was wide with a slight grade. The path environment varies quite a bit, and includes dense brush, several creeks/streams, and the 'Clay Iron Furnace' famous in the area. Fantastic day hike/loop. ~2 hours/~5 miles. NOTE: on this loop, there is not an overlook. I recommend hiking the loop, then walking over to the overlook trail near the parking lot for a beautiful view.

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Grace Tan
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Hiking

Great trail, we starts on the Rattlesnake Trail then connected with the route mentioned. Wide variety of terrain and vegetation. Most of the trail is well shaded. Also the outlook is open.

Gordon Owen
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Hiking

Originally forecast for stormy weather… Ended up being a perfectly beautiful day. With an original plan of hiking the 5 mile loop we started at the Coopers rock trading post. Somehow very early in the hike we ended up on Rattle Snake Trail. We realized very quickly that it was not our planned trek as we scaled down several hundred feet of rocky terrain with many obstacles along the path, AND notice only two other hikers had gone the same way. My Apple Watch began warming me to check the AllTrails map as we appeared to be off path... lol. Too far down the mountain to simply go back, we saw a reconnect to the planned route approximately 2/3 miles ahead. The mistaken path added a great workout, some adventure and a few laughs along our way. Coopers Rock is great place for hiking, and the sunsets are amazing! Check it out!

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Dan Lipnitz
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HikingOff trail

Rattlesnake trail.

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Al Rowing
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HikingBlowdownFloodedMuddyOver grown

Terrible but wonderful

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L Beson
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Hiking

Great trails. Beautiful scenery. The overlook was open although the website said it was closed. We extended the hike by several miles. We had the trails to ourselves. There were some people around the overlook and the parking/picnic area by the trading post by distancing was very easy.

Anthony Stoltzfus
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it was a nice hike ,not too many people. We saw a black snake and a rattle snake. If you start at the trading post the loop is actually 5.6 miles.

David Day
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HikingBugsRocky
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Katie Barr
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Mountain biking

Can't believe we live right down the road from this trail and have just found it. Now I can not get enough. I can't wait to see the entire trail.

Heath Atwell
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Nice little trail. Nice views of the river. Take a pole and drop a line while you are there.

Travis Smith
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

I backpacked this trail on May 30-31, 2020. I travelled counterclockwise, taking the North South Trail (#688) to Tumbling Rock Run Trail (#214) down to the Cranberry River. These trails are narrow, not blazed, overgrown in some areas, and with many downed trees. Many sections were quite muddy, mostly from water seeping from the ground and flowing down the mountain, as opposed to collected rain. I saw campsites not far from the trail approximately every mile. I made camp along the Cranberry River. Between House Log Shelter and North Fork Shelter, there are several nice campsites along the Cranberry River. The next day I hiked along the Cranberry River and then up the North Fork Trail back to the trailhead. The North Fork Trail was a little more clear, except about a mile section in the middle, where I lost the trail once despite someone kindly setting up many rock cairns to help. Campsites along the lower half of this trail about every 3/4 mile, but few campsites in the upper 3 miles or so. There really are not any water sources along the North-South trail until you reach Tumbling Rock Run and head down that trail about a quarter mile to where the creek begins. Water is plentiful from the North Fork of the Cranberry River along the North Fork Trail, except for about the last three miles toward the trailhead. Overall, this is a very nice loop into some remote areas of the Cranberry Wilderness. This is thick forest with very few if any "views" and is not a place I'd want to hike at night or late in the day as it is so dark. The forest is beautiful and a bit "magical". The Cranberry River is a beautiful freestone stream. In years past I've had great success catching trout in the Cranberry backcountry, but this trip oddly did not catch any fish or even see any, which is concerning.

Veronica Olson
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Hiking

Nice and easy mostly flat trail. Goes higher above the river for about the first half mile then goes right along the river. Don’t bother bringing your heavy camera gear, it’s scenic but nothing to write home over. Pretty muggy and humid in May.

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Joshua Fedorski
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

Very beautiful park and well maintained! This trail is great for doing a DIY route that can add on miles if you find yourself up to it! There’s a diversity of trees and scenery changes as well as different trail structures which keeps it fresh. Today we made a detour for the lake and furnace which was nice for my friend who was a first timer. Usually we start at the Underlook/Underside Trail and go along Rock City and Rattlesnake and kind of just meander our way through. Having a GPS is nice for not following the trails exactly and making your own loop.

Gina Henderson
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HikingMuddyRocky

Really great hike. Started at the Clay Run trailhead instead of the overlook parking lot to get a hike in before reaching the overlook “summit.” Definitely recommend this! Trail wasn’t marked well around the small reservoir, but we easily got back on track. A little muddy/watery in some parts but an overall gorgeous hike. Did the Rattlesnake trail instead of Rock City upon approach to the overlook. Was really fun to climb around the boulders and keep an eye out for snakes!

Kelsey Mills
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Hiking

I really loved this trail! I did it with my brother in March of 2020, on a cool 50* day, and it was the best. Lots of cut throughs if you want to get up the mountain faster, but switchbacks and long paths help make sure the walk up isn’t too tiring. Not the most amazing scenery, but I quite enjoyed it.

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