Pennsylvania Hiking, Nature February 16, 2022
Enjoy A Contemplative Stroll In An Old-Growth Forest Along This Underrated Trail In Pennsylvania
A stroll among nature often gives us the opportunity to really appreciate the scenery and to get lost in our thoughts. We have an abundance of picture-perfect spots for a contemplative stroll all over the state. However, this underrated trail in Pennsylvania, which leads through an old-growth forest, offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Even the name fits oh-so-perfectly for a contemplative stroll.
Hidden among half of a million acres of Allegheny National Forest, Hearts Content National Scenic Trail offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a bit of quiet among nature.
While the easy trail spans just over a mile, it does come with a few precautions. Heed the advice of the signs, and be on the lookout for falling trees and fallen limbs on the trail.
Be sure to leave everything as you've found it, too, as you meander through the old-growth forest.
The winding trail will lead you past old-growth trees, including white pines that date back 400 years, and...
Over a picturesque footbridge. Because the trail is so easy, akin to a walk more than a hike, it's ideal for those with kids and leashed dogs.
You'll have plenty of time for reflection as you make your way along the tree-lined path.
Learn a bit more, too, about the trees along this scenic trail from the information placard.
Some of the trees are also marked. You'll have plenty of photo-worthy moments during your journey.
If the tranquility has totally relaxed you, you might want to spend the night in Hearts Content Recreation Area. Camping is seasonal, but you'll have the unique opportunity to sleep under a canopy of 140-foot-tall trees.
Here's the official website of
Allegheny National Forest. Or, find a trail map and more information on Hearts Content National Scenic Area Trail on AllTrails.
Have you trekked along this underrated trail in Pennsylvania? What did you think? Share your experience in the comments! Did you know there’s also a wandering path through old-growth forest at
Henry’s Woods at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center in Nazareth? It’s worth a visit, too. Address: Allegheny National Forest, Marienville, PA 16239, USA