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Hiking at Pymatuning State Park

7 miles of trails

There are trails near Tuttle Point and Jamestown Campground. The abandoned railroad grade on the Spillway is a flat, wide trail.

Tamarack Trail

1 mile, more difficult hiking

Located along West Lake Road just past the Century Club, Tamarack Trail is named for the deciduous conifer trees that grow in the area. The trail passes through a mixed deciduous forest of black cherry, maple, and tamarack trees.

As the trail winds along the edge of Beaver Dam Pond, hikers catch a glimpse of great blue herons, red-tailed hawks, or warblers. This loop trail connects with the Beaver Dam Trail.

Beaver Dam Trail

0.5 mile, easiest hiking

This trail is a spur off the Tamarack Trail. It traverses a wetland via a walkway, connecting to a waterfowl observation deck where the quiet observer may watch for basking turtles in the pond, dragonflies, and flycatchers. Trailhead is located along West Lake Road just past the Century Club.

Log Cabin Trail

1 mile, more difficult hiking

To access this trail, use the Tamarack Trailhead along West Lake Road and proceed right at the Y-intersection of Tamarack Trail. Watch for trail markings (yellow blazes) on the trees.

This trail runs behind the Jamestown cabins through a forested area. Just after starting on the trail, there is a large opening in the forest to the right. The blown down trees are from a severe storm in 2012. New growth and signs of forest regeneration can be seen.

After crossing Adams Road, the trail continues past the cabins. Log Cabin Trail ends at West Lake Road; however, the Camp Store Trail can be picked up by turning left and following the road approximately 100 feet before crossing the road. This trail leads to the Jamestown Campground.

Camp Store Trail

0.5 mile, easiest hiking

The Camp Store Trail is accessed in the Jamestown Campground across from the camp store and connects with the Log Cabin Trail.

Pet Connector Trail

0.25 mile, easiest hiking

This trail provides access from the extra car parking lot to the Log Cabin Trail, so that campers with pets do not walk through the non-pet area of the campground.

Sugar Run Trail

1 mile, more difficult hiking

The trailhead begins below the dam at Shelter 1. Follow the trail across the Shenango River and turn right. This hiking and snowmobile trail runs along the beautiful tree-lined Sugar Run. Stop and listen for songbirds, relax by the small rapids, and check out the large sandstone rocks lining the stream bottom and banks.

Spillway Trail

2.5 miles, easiest hiking

The linear Spillway Trail can be accessed at either Fries Road (Linesville) or at the Spillway parking lot. This former railroad bed is now a multi-use trail that is great for walking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling. Summer months find yellow warblers darting along the path. Spring brings in the migrating waterfowl where numerous species of ducks, tundra swans, grebes, and eagles can be seen. The sunsets along the trail are some of the best in the park.