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Hiking at Lyman Run State Park

6 miles of trails

The hiking trails link to many miles of trails in Susquehannock State Forest. Unless noted below, all trails are marked with rectangular yellow blazes. There are trailhead and intersection signposts.

Lyman Run 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.

Beehive Trail

0.8 mile in the park, 1.4 miles total  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

Passing along the park border and into Susquehannock State Forest, the massive, old stumps along this trail show signs of ancient wildfires. Beehive Trail was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and connects Dagget Run Campground and Rock Run Road. Use Wildcat Trail to create a longer hike.

Lyman Run Trail

3.8 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, picnic tables

Hike from one end of the park to the other following Lyman Run through many habitats and on a railroad trace. Lyman Run Trail can be accessed in Lower Campground, at the spillway, or where it intersects the Susquehannock Trail System. Until a bridge is installed, hikers must make a wet crossing of the creek between Lower Campground and the Spillway.

Rock Run Trail

0.6 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

The Rock Run Trail passes by a vista that showcases the Lyman Run Lake and Spill Way.  The trial can be a loop by connecting to the Spur Line Trial.

Spur Line Trail

0.75 mile  |  Easiest hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

The bumps on this trail are the remains of old railroad ties from the Goodyear Brothers logging railroad that hauled tan bark and hemlock logs during the lumbering era. Spur Line Trail ascends slowly from Lower Campground up to Rock Run Road. To the right along Rock Run Road is Lyman Run Vista.

Hikers can complete a loop by continuing on the road then turning right onto Rock Run Trail.

Wildcat Trail

1.3 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

Following an old haul road, this trail leads by large boulders and upland hemlock and bog area containing Northern cotton grass and several majestic old growth hemlocks. This trail connects to the Beehive Trail to make a large loop.

Susquehannock Trail System

Passing by the park, this 85-mile trail loop traverses some of the most rugged, mountainous terrain in northcentral Pennsylvania. This trail system also passes through Denton Hill State Park, Patterson State Park, and Ole Bull State Park.