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Hiking at Chapman State Park

14 miles of trails

Chapman State Park is in the midst of about 517,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands 29.

When going on a hike, always take a map and compass and know how to use them.

Leave word with a family member, friend, or the park office concerning the trails you will take, destination, and expected return time.

Adams Run Trail

0.4 mile, easiest hiking, yellow blazes

The trail head is near the restroom at the base of the sledding hill and follows Adams Run up a gradual grade until the trail ends at Hunters Ridge Trail. There is a 0.25 mile parallel trail on the opposite side of Adams Run to make a shorter loop out of the first half of the trail.

There are many wet areas, especially in the spring, which may persist throughout the summer. This trail is for hiking and experienced cross-country skiing.

Crooked Pine Trail

0.5 mile, most difficult hiking, yellow blazes

A short connector trail between Hunters Ridge Trail and the Group Tenting Area parking lot, this trail is steep and meanders through several different forest types. This trail is for hiking only.

Game Lands Road

6 miles, more difficult hiking, no blazes

An easy trail which is quite flat over its entire length, the road runs from the parking lot near the group tenting area, 0.5 miles within the park, continuing through State Game Lands 29, and eventually to Dunham Siding or Hermit Springs. It also may be accessed from the campground by using the Old Railroad Grade/Lowlands Trail. The road is gated at both ends and has many turn offs, which may or may not be gated.

Foot, horse, and bicycle travel is allowed only on designated trails and roads, marked by a green triangle sign. Trails and roads marked with a red triangle sign allow foot travel only. (Foot traffic includes cross-country skiing.) Trails are closed for bicycles and horses from the last Saturday in September to the third Saturday in January unless the visitor is hunting or fishing. The trails are open Sundays during this time.

Hunters Ridge Trail

2.75 miles, most difficult hiking, yellow blazes

Much of this trail is rugged and hilly. Be conscientious of your ability and health. One end of the trail is on Forest Road 437 near the park office and the other end is near the parking lot at the end of the Game Land Road. A loop can be made by following Game Land Road and Warming Hut Trail.

There are many wet areas, especially in the spring, which may persist throughout the summer. At times, the trail follows the boundary between the park and the state game lands. (This boundary is blazed in white. Do not mistake it for the trail.)

The trail also crosses many oil lease roads. Be careful to find the blazes on the other side of the road. DO NOT follow these roads! They are many miles long and have numerous, confusing turn offs. This trail is for hiking only.

Lowlands Trail

0.3 miles, easiest hiking, blue blazes

One end of the trail is on the Game Land Road and the other is between sites #23 and #25 of the campground. It is an easy trail along an old railroad grade, across the Swinging Bridge over the West Branch of Tionesta Creek, and through a wetland area above the lake.

The Old Railroad Grade may be followed past the Swinging Bridge through State Game Lands 29 where it connects with the Game Land Road. This trail is for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. Bicyclers and skiers should be very careful crossing the Swinging Bridge and its steps.

Lumber Trail

0.7 mile, easiest hiking, orange and yellow blazes

This trail is suitable for hikers of all ages. The first portion of the trail is shared with the Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Trail, blazed with orange diamonds, and is easy with little grade. The trailhead is along the Main Park Road between the beach and the campground.

The trail uses an abandoned logging road as its base, and evidence of the lumbering activity can still be seen along the length of the trail. This trail is for hiking. Bicycling and snowmobiling is permitted only on the portion shared with the snowmobile trail.

Nature Trail

1.2 miles, easiest hiking, yellow blazes

Suitable for hikers of all ages, the trail is mostly level along the lakeshore, but has some short, steep hills around the Upper Loop of the campground. One end of the trail is along the service road near the amphitheater and the other is located partway up Lumber Trail. A short loop can be made where the trail splits behind the Upper Loop of the campground. This short section starts along the road near the campground host site and RV dump station. This trail is for hiking only.

The section of the Nature Trail from the amphitheater to Old Railroad Grade/Lowlands trail is a self-guiding trail with interpretive signs at ten designated points of interest. The order of the signs is intended to start at the amphitheater, but can be followed in either direction.

Orchard Trail

0.13 mile, easiest hiking, yellow blazes

A short connector trail between the Warming Hut Trail and Hunters Ridge Trail, this trail is moderately steep and travels through an old apple orchard. This trail is for hiking only.

Penny Run Trail

1.4 miles, more difficult hiking, blue blazes

Hiking difficulty is moderate with steady uphill grades. One end of the trail is across the Main Park Road from the Spillway Parking Lot and the other is across the Main Park Road from the Pavilion #2 Parking Lot. The trail travels through diverse hardwood and hemlock forest in the park and in the neighboring Allegheny National Forest.

This trail is usually wet, with some spots persisting throughout the year. This trail is for hiking and experienced cross-country skiing.

Warming Hut Trail

0.7 mile, easiest hiking, orange diamond blazes

This moderately easy trail follows the lakeshore and climbs a gradual hill above the dam. One end of the trail is across Forest Road 437 from the office and the other is at the warming hut. This trail is for hiking, snowmobiling, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.

Backpacking

In addition to the trails at the park, Chapman State Park serves as a trailhead for backpacking trails on adjoining public lands.

Map and trail information is available in the park office.

Free parking is available at the park for those who would rather not leave their vehicles along public roadways.

Please sign in at the park office.