Explore Mt. Davis Natural Area

Rate this Adventure 0.1 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Ryan Hreczkosiej

Encompassed in the 30-mile long Negro Mountain range sits the highest elevation point of Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis. At 3,213 feet above sea level, you'll have access to an observation tower and nine different trails. 

Among the 5,685-acre Forbes State Forest are amazing adventure spots and scenic views. My favorite among them all just happens to be the rooftop of Pennsylvania. The road leading to the trailhead of the observation tower and natural area loop is easily accessible. When you arrive at the parking lot, you'll see the information board and the trail will be directly to the right. You will hike along here for less than 0.1 miles where you'll see the observation tower and entrances to the multitude of trails. Historical monuments and benches surround the area, making it a perfect spot to sit and relax.

The multiple trails among Mt. Davis Natural Area are:

* High Point Trail - 0.8 miles

* Mt. Davis Trail - 0.1 miles

* Shelter Rock Trail - 1 mile

* Tub Mill Run Trail - 2.8 miles

* Timberslide Trail - 0.5 miles

* Lauren Run Trail - 1.9 miles

* Wolf Rock Trail - 0.8 miles

* Shelter Rock Road - 1.6 miles

* Livengood Trail - 1.1 miles

Some of the trailheads can be accessed from the natural area loop and others from the trails themselves. They are assorted in trail type as far as a loop or out-and-back and vary in difficulty. For example, the High Point Trail is for a more experienced hiker because of the high volume of rocks and sharp edges. However, all of them are flat without elevation gain, which makes for an easier hiking experience. 

Beyond the natural area loop is a hidden gem. When leaving the parking lot, instead of going all the way back to the main road, make the first left you come to. Less than a half mile down the road on your right will be a beautiful scenic view with a picnic bench. It's more than likely you will have this spot all to yourself to enjoy however you would like.

If you want to find out more about Forbes State Forest and Mt. Davis, click here



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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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