Black Forest Trail

  • Slate Run Valley

    One of the main attractions of the Black Forest Trail are the many breathtaking vistas it affords. This is one such view, looking down the Slate Run Valley towards Pine Creek and the town of Slate Run.
  • View of Pine Creek from Canyon Vista

    The southern section of the Black Forest Trail descends into and then climbs out of the Pine Creek Valley. This presents plenty of opportunities to enjoy the vistas and views of Pine Creek.
  • Lush Forest Meadows

    The northern sections of the Black Forest Trail has less elevation change as it treks across the highlands. Forest meadows and large expanses of flat forest land are a welcome reprieve from the many ascents and descents found on the other sections of the trail.
  • Perfect Primitive Campsites

    Located along the entire length of the BFT are well placed primitive campsites. Placed along streams, ponds, or within secluded pine plantations, these many campsites contribute to making the Black Forest Trail a backpacking destination for many.
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Located in the Tiadaghton State Forest, the Black Forest Trail and it's many side trails reside in Lycoming and Potter counties. The Black Forest Trail is a loop of 42 miles beginning and ending just north of Slate Run, PA. The Black Forest Trail gets its name from the dense hemlocks that once grew here, keeping the forest floor in an everlasting darkness. The trail is challenging with many steep ascents and descents. However, the vistas make it worth the effort.



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The Black Forest Trail is routed in a way that you don't have to hike the entire trail. There are many places where the trail crosses forest roads so that a shuttle hike can be arranged. You can also hike numerous loops using some of the side trails as well as road hiking. My most favorite trail in all of Pennsylvania, you will find the views breath taking, numerous camping site, plenty of water, and beautiful woods full of wildlife.

Topo Map - Black Forest Trail

Hikes on the Black Forest Trail

Black Forest Trail: Revisting After Eight Years

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From September 2003 to September 2005, I was able to section hike the entire Black Forest Trail with a number of fellow hikers. During this time I had stated that the Black Forest Trail was my favorite hiking trail in Pennsylvania. It offered challenging climbs, scenic streams and many breath-taking vistas, all on a well groomed trail. However, the hike in September of 2005 was my last hike on the BFT, which hardly seems appropriate since I referred to this as my favorite Pennsylvania trail. This past weekend I had a chance to right this wrong by heading back to the Black Forest Trail for an overnight backpacking trip. With Mike in tow, we headed up to Naval Run to rehike a section of the BFT that I had previously hiked twice before.

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Black Forest Trail: Hiking Along the County Line Branch

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What started on Labor Day weekend two years ago in 2003 came to a conclusion Labor Day weekend of 2005 as Mark and I finished our hike of the entire Black Forest Trail. Shari, and Storm, came along as we finished the last 10 miles of the trail, hiking southward from route PA44. Just like our hikes the previous two Labor Day weekends, the weather this weekend was beautiful and perfect for hiking.


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Black Forest Trail: From the Trailhead to Route PA44

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If you are looking to do a three day hike I would not recommend hiking the Black Forest Trail (BFT) in the fashion that we did on this hike. Since we had previously hiked part of the BFT we were looking to complete as much of the trail as we could on this weekend without having to rehike the part of the trail that we already hiked (some of us hiked the previous portion 3 times and was in no hurry to make it 4 times). Also, we wanted to end our days hiking at easily accessible camping sites so friends could come and camp out with us and enjoy the outdoors.


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Black Forest Trail: Hiking from Naval Run to the Trailhead

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During Labor Day weekend of 2003, I had the opportunity to experience the thrills of hiking; something that I had not done for many years (when I was much younger and more nimble). My reintroduction was done with the help of my friend Mark as he led me on a section of the Black Forest Trail in north central Pennsylvania. Turn the clock ahead one year, to Labor Day weekend of 2004. In what I hope to be an annual event, Mark and I, along with his wife Cathey and my girlfriend Shari, ventured back into the woods of Tidaghton State Forest and the Black Forest Trail to do a nice weekend, overnight hike.


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Black Forest Trail: My First Hike on the BFT

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Over Labor Day weekend of 2003, Mark had decided that he was going to hike the 42 mile loop of the Black Forest Trail. He was planning on doing this in five days and asked if I wanted to go along. This would be my first hike since I was a teenager, well over 15 years ago and I knew that I was not in shape to do such an extended hike. I did tell Mark that I would hike the first day with him and maybe meet up with him at the end of the hike to hike the last day.

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