Breathe in the fresh air of nature. Listen to the tumbling of waterfalls. And, snap photos to capture the memories you’ll make. These 10 amazing hikes in Pennsylvania – all under three miles – promise adventure and the chance to embrace nature.
1. Ohiopyle Ferncliff Trail – 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Hit the Ohiopyle Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle State Park for spectacular views of Ohiopyle Falls. The kid and pet-friendly trail spans two miles along the Youghiogheny River, providing hikers with picture perfect scenic views.
2. Grandview Trail – 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
Wear comfortable shoes for hiking the Grandview Trail in Rickets Glen State Park. The trail climbs 1.9 miles along Red Rock Mountain, where you'll be treated to spectacular views from the mountain's highest point. Grandview Trail is known for its blackberries in July and blossoming mountain laurels in June.
3. Cole Run Trail – Forbes State Forest, Cook Township, PA 15655
Admire the jaw dropping beauty of Cole Run Falls as you hike along Cole Run Trail in Forbes State Forest. You can either hike the entire two mile trail. Or, if you travel along Coal Run Road, you'll have a three mile loop hike.
4. Shades of Death Trail – 3613 State Route 534, White Haven, PA 18661
Shades of Death may conjure ominous images. But, rest assured, you're in for some of the state's most stunning beauty when you travel along the Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park. Hike past Lake Harmony, gentle waterfalls, and blossoming wildflowers on this 2.2 mile trail.
5. Butternut Trail – 82 Cabin Bridge Road, Forksville, PA 18616
Explore World's End State Park as you hike along the Butternut Trail. The 2.5 mile trail loop, admittedly a challenge, features rocky terrain that passes through a hardwood forest, along a logging road, and to Butternut Vista. Pause at the vista to admire the sweeping views of Loyalsock Valley.
6. Yellow Birch Trail – 843 Park Road, Elverson, PA 19520
Keep a look out for local wildlife when you traverse the one mile Yellow Birch Trail. Nested in French Creek State Park, the trail boasts a variety of scenery, including a hardwood forest, hemlock trees, and marshes. Start your hike on Yellow Birch Trail at the campground entrance.
7. Star Mill Trail – 4216 Beaver Road, Philipsburg, PA 16866
Soak up the natural beauty of Black Moshannon State Park as you hike along the 2.1 mile Star Mill Trail. The trail, rated easy, will give you close up looks of Black Moshannon Lake, the remnants of an 1870s sawmill, and, if you're observant, local wildlife.
8. Mountain Creek Trail – 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
Spend a leisurely day at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Explore the park along the 1.4 mile Mountain Creek Trail that promises vibrant scenery along the way. Watch for beavers, deer, and waterfowl as you traipse in forests and past wetlands. The trail ends at Fuller Lake.
9. Chappells Field Trail – Park Road, Imler, PA 16655
Gaze at the natural scenery on the 2.5 mile Chappells Field Trali at Blue Knob State Park. Rated very easy, the trail is popular with hikers with children and, in the winter, cross country skiers. Hike through a picturesque forest and past a campground along the way.
10. The Shawmut Trail – 296 Viaduct Road, Mt Jewett, PA 16740
Embark on the Shawmut Trail for a truly spectacular experience. The two mile trail begins in the enchanting town of Smethport. Hike past the Marvin Creek and through meadows, sprawling farmland, and woodlands. The trail, rated easy, is handicap accessible.