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Hiking at Sinnemahoning State Park

6 miles of trails

Sinnemahoning State Park Trail Map (PDF)

Lowlands Trail

5.0 miles   |   Easiest hiking   |   Out-and-back trail   |   No blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing recommended, snowshoeing recommended
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, picnic tables, benches

The Lowlands Trail follows the course of the First Fork through five miles of the park, passing through open fields, shrubby riparian zones, and mature, towering forests. This scenic trail was originally part of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad bed. 

From the northern trailhead, two miles of the trail are ADA accessible, including a wildlife viewing platform. This area is ideal habitat for nesting bald eagles, elk, and white-tailed deer, among many other species.

A spur of the trail near the 40 Maples Day Use Area leads to the Wetland Viewing Blind with opportunities to see waterfowl and many other wetland species.

Red Spruce Trail

1.0 mile   |   Easiest hiking   |   Out-and-back trail   |   Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, picnic tables

For a more primitive hiking experience, visitors can hike the Red Spruce Trail from the campground to the 40 Maples Day Use Area. This trail skirts an exceptional wetland area and passes under the dense canopy of mature mixed hardwood forest.

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.