The Black Forest Trail (BFT) is not a novice trail.  There are multiple steep, demanding climbs & descents, multiple wet stream crossings, possible encounters with rattlesnakes and/or bears, and rocky sections that will test the quality of your hiking boots. 

Total Length: 43.7 miles (70.3 km)

Difficulty: Hard

Elevation Gain: 8,550 ft.

Hiking Time: 3.5—4.5 days             

Camping Info:  Contact Tiadaghton State Forest Office at (570)-753-5409 for info & permits.     


$15.00 The Black Forest Trailguide & Map is available from Pine Creek Outfitters Inc.  The color topographic map also shows vistas, water sources, campsites, & connector trails.


The Black Forest Trail is a horseshoe-shaped loop, and has many linking trails that can be used to customize the length of your hike.  On its western side, the BFT connects to the Susquehannock Trail System via the North Link Trail (9 miles) & South Link Trail (6 miles).  On its northern side, it connects to the West Rim Trail via the Long Branch Trail (9 miles).


Trailhead(s): Pine Creek Rail Trail access area in Slate Run, Rt 414.  There is also parking on Manor Fork Rd, Rt 44.  Several other access points exist at trail crossings.  Winter hiking is not recommended on this trail.

“I leave the town with its hundred noises,

Its clatter and whir of wheel and steam,

For woodland quiet and silvery voices,

With a camp of bark by a crystal stream.” 

- George Washington Sears (“Nessmuk”)



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