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The trailhead is off State Route 44 about 12.7 miles north of SR 664 near the ClintonLycoming county line. There's a large parking area here.
Well maintained, well marked and easy to find, trailheads just off Rt 44 past the Black Forest Inn. Great little trail, 5.6 miles through a piney forest, mostly flat,easy hike. Two doors through a deer enclosure, great vista, lovely meadows. Saw - and heard - a big timber rattlesnake even. Highly recommended.
I hiked the trail on March 27, 2016. I started at the southern parking area and traveled clockwise. The trail crosses Route 44 in two locations. The trail is well marked with blue blaze. The pathway is clearly worn and easily followed. A majority of the trail is old logging trail or railroad bed.
From the southern parking area you will encounter a wildlife exclusion fence. This fence has a swing gate that is easily opened and allows for easy movement. This section offers the steepest climb/ decent on the trail on a small hill.
Several trails share the trail including the Black Forest Trail & Refuge Trail. Signs are clearly marked.
Forest fire damage is noted to one area of the trail, but the trail is clear and was salvaged thanks to a bulldozed fire line.
After joining the Refuge Trail, you will have two vistas that overlook the canyon to the North.
After the vistas you will be treated to a retaining pond and two marsh/ meadows areas. PLEASE remain on the trail, as these areas are very fragile. Metal grates cover two stream crossings. During rainy periods these areas will be very muddy and wet. There are also two other areas after leaving the marsh that will be quite wet! Water resistant trail shoes are recommended during spring/ fall.
Did this run on Friday August 7th 2009. Wonder is the best way to describe this ride. Smooth, and easy. We not only saw 2 fawns beside the trail we had a black bear (small one) run across the trail withing 50 ft of us. He went up the side of the hill and stayed there while I had to opportunity to photograph him. This trail is worth the trip from anywhere.
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