10 Amazing Pennsylvania Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

Breathe in the fresh air. Listen to the tumbling of waterfalls. Snap photos to capture the little moments you don’t want to forget. Can you think of a better way to spend a few hours than on a short but sweet hike? These are 10 of the best short hikes in Pennsylvania. All are under three miles and offer adventure among nature.

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Do you agree that these are the best short hikes in Pennsylvania? What other hikes would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments. Then take a peek at these five hikes in Pennsylvania that belong on your bucket list.

 

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best short hikes in Pennsylvania

December 19, 2020

What are the most beautiful hikes in Pennsylvania?

While we’ll probably all agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Pennsylvania does boast some simply stunning hiking trails. One of the most beautiful hiking trails in Pennsylvania is arguably Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park. It leads to 21 named waterfalls, making it well worth the effort. (The trail is considered moderate to difficult.) Follow the Golden Eagle Trail for sensational views of Pine Creek Gorge (The Grand Canyon of PA), or challenge yourself on the Thousand Steps Trail. You’ll climb 1,000 stairs to reach the top of Jacks Mountain and stunning views.

Which hikes in Pennsylvania are short and sweet?

One of the best outdoor adventures in Pennsylvania, something we can do with family, friends, or even solo, is hiking. We have no shortage of short and sweet trails either, including Shohola Falls Trail. The trail spans just over a half of a mile and leads straight to the tumbling waterfall. You’ll also pass colorful wildflowers in the spring and a beautiful dam. Seven Tubs Natural Area Trail in Wilkes-Barre promises an abundance of natural beauty. The trail stretches just under two miles and passes small waterfalls and tubs.

What are the best outdoor adventures in Pennsylvania?

Spending time outdoors, no matter the time of the year, is popular with most Pennsylvanians. If you’re looking for things to do outside in Pennsylvania but aren’t really up for a hike, how about heading to a waterfall? Yep, PA’s home to waterfalls that require absolutely no hiking. Ohiopyle State Park, in fact, boasts two waterfalls that you can see with very little effort. Park in the lot at Cucumber Falls, where you can gaze at the top of the cascade. Walk down a set of stairs to see the base and even walk behind the waterfall. Less than mile away, you can stroll to one of the viewing areas to marvel at Ohiopyle Falls. Dingman Falls and Bushkill Falls also offer memorable outdoor adventures.

Address: 82 Cabin Bridge Road, Forksville, PA 18616
Address: 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
Address: 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Address: 3613 State Route 534, White Haven, PA 18661
Address: 843 Park Road, Elverson, PA 19520
Address: 4216 Beaver Road, Philipsburg, PA 16866
Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
Address: 296 Viaduct Road, Mt Jewett, PA 16740