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Hiking at Greenwood Furnace State Park

The trails of Greenwood Furnace explore historic places and pass through numerous habitats like forest and ridge top, and also connect to trails in the surrounding Rothrock State Forest.

Trail Blazes:

  • Yellow, Green, and Orange blazed trails are for hiking only
  • Blue blazed trails are also recommended for cross-country skiing, snow permitting
  • Red blazed trails are multi-use and may also be open to mountain biking, snowmobiling, and/or horseback riding
  • Orange diamonds designate snowmobile routes

Greenwood Furnace State Park Trail Map (PDF)

Trail Definitions

Difficulty Ratings

Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.

Trail Route Type

Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.

Brush Ridge Trail

0.8 mile in the park  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing recommended
Trailhead amenities: none

This trail follows the ridgetop, passing a scenic view, and ending at Weiler Road. Hikers can use Dixon Trail and Tramway Trail to form a 3.7-mile loop, which returns to the park. 

Chestnut Spring Trail

0.7 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: picnic tables

Traveling along a small stream going uphill, this trail then crosses Broad Mountain Road before passing a springhouse and the site of an old school.

Dogtown Trail

1.2 miles  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing recommended
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms

Beginning at the campground, this trail crosses Tramway Trail, PA 305, Viantown Trail, Brush Ridge Trail, and a connector trail to Chestnut Spring Trail, ending at Broad Mountain Road. There are many opportunities for making loops of various distances using other trails and roads. 

Lakeview Trail

0.3 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  White blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, potable water, picnic tables, benches

This short trail provides easy access to an ADA fishing pier and wetland plants and animals. The trail continues around Greenwood Lake, becoming more difficult before ending at the historic dam. 

Lorence Trail

0.5 mile in the park  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

From Monsell Trail, Lorence Trail steadily climbs 1.1 miles to intersect Turkey Trail in Rothrock State Forest. 

Monsell Trail

1.0 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

The trail starts across from the office, passing charcoal hearths, and ending at the campground road near the historic cemetery.

Moore Trail

0.8 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

This short loop travels uphill where it shares the path with Monsell Trail for a while before returning back down to its beginning.

Spencer Trail

0.04 mile in the park  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  No blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: none

This 2.4-mile gravel trail connects with Rag Hollow Road in Rothrock State Forest, sharing a small section with the Standing Stone Trail. 

Standing Stone Trail

0.4 mile in the park  |  Most difficult hiking  |  Point-to-point trail  |  Orange blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, backpacking
Trailhead amenities: none

Part of the Great Eastern Trail System, this trail offers a challenging experience for seasoned hikers. Standing Stone Trail traverses approximately 80 miles from its southern terminus at Cowans Gap State Park, through Greenwood Furnace at about mile 73, and ends at its junction with the Mid State Trail just north of Alan Seeger Natural Area in Rothrock State Forest.  

Tramway Trail

0.8 mile in the park  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing recommended
Trailhead amenities: none

Tramway Trail was once a mule-drawn railroad used to haul iron ore to the furnace. This 3.3-mile trail starts near the historic cemetery, passes the site of the old grist mill, and continues into forestry. It can be used to make a loop hike using Dixon and Brush Ridge trails.  

Viantown Spur

0.04 mile  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, cross-country skiing recommended
Trailhead amenities: none

Viantown Spur connects Viantown Trail with Broad Mountain Road. 

Viantown Trail

1.0 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing recommended
Trailhead amenities: none

This old wagon trail  connected Greenwood Furnace to Viantown. The start of the trail passes the site of Travelers Inn, then proceeds past Dogtown Trail and Viantown Trail, and ends at Broad Mountain Road.