Black Forest Trail, Pennsylvania, USA
WHAT MAKES THIS TRAIL UNIQUE?
The Black Forest Trail is known as one of the toughest trails in the state, but it sure rewards those who brave its steep ascents and descents! Few other trails in Pennsylvania offer beautiful vistas and pristine camping spots as liberally as the BFT. In addition, the trail's abundance of water access, waterfalls, wildlife and virgin forest make this a popular destination for avid outdoors folk to explore any time of year. Many parking lots and connector trails make it possible to hike this trail in whatever way you choose.
FLORA & FAUNA: deciduous and evergreen forest, wildflowers, turkey, grouse, whitetail deer, black bear, raccoon, porcupine.
BEST TIME TO HIKE: Mid-October for best fall foliage.
Y Day Trip
Y Weekend Trip
Y 4 to 7-Day Trip
N 7 to 14-Day Trip
Y Loop Trip
Y Shuttle Service Nearby
HAZARDS: Rattlesnakes; black bear.
WHERE TO FIND MAPS/CHARTS: Pine Creek Lizard Map from purplelizard.com; Black Forest Trail Guide and Map by Chuck Dillon from pahikes.com.
PERMITS REQUIRED? No.
PETS ALLOWED? Yes.
Black Forest Trail Mini Overnight Itinerary: 6 miles total
Park your car along Naval Run Road.
Hike approx. 4 miles to camp beside Callahan Run, near the intersection of the BFT, Big Trail, and Callahan Run Trail.
Hike approx. 2 miles to your car via Callahan Run Trail and Pine Trail.
Fishing, hunting, canoeing, cross-country skiing.