Old Logger's Path

✍️ 🕑 October 1-4, 2020 • Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: hikesstreamsbackpackinghiking and campingsunsetssunrisesbird photographyState Forests • Places: Masten

Okay, so I finally, finally, finally got around to doing some really serious solo hiking/camping.

I hiked Old Logger's Path, a 27.31-mile loop trail in the Loyalsock State Forest, up in Lycoming County in North Central Pennsylvania.

I spent the first four days of October there, Thursday night to Sunday morning.

This is the first time I went backpacking (hiking and then camping overnight) since... 2013, when I hiked a section of the St. Paul trail with my friend and classmate Allison, which basically consisted of a really scenic hike up a mountain, and where I made some incredibly stupid choices, such as... somehow carrying more lemonade on me than actual water.

Fortunately, I've learnt from my experiences.

Enough to backpack solo?

Warning: a LOT of images follow, which is part of why it took me so long to finish this post.

More of this view to follow...
More of this view to follow...

Six Penny Trail

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: trails of pahikingState/Provincial ParksFrench Creek State ParkHopewell Big Woods

The sign for the trail.

The Six-Penny trail is another loop trail in French Creek State Park. It is longer and more scenic than the sedate Turtle Trail, as it passes both the Six Penny creek, and some ruins of old campsites. The trail was also much less trafficked when I was on it, perhaps owing to the need to take a short hike to the trailhead itself.

The Turtle Trail (French Creek State Park)

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: trails of pahikingState/Provincial ParksFrench Creek State ParkHopewell Big Woods

Fall overtook Summer, leaves began falling, and the amount of light in a day started its decrease.

A typical view along the trail, closer to sundown. Any other photos I have are very similar to this one.
A typical view along the trail, closer to sundown. Any other photos I have are very similar to this one.
Trail Information
Name Turtle Trail
Type loop
Location French Creek State Park
State PA
Country USA
Miles 4
Difficulty easy
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The last one of these facts was a little bit of a concern for me, as I slipped out to hike the Turtle Trail at French Creek State Park on a Wednesday evening in late September.

I started hiking after work around 5:30PM or so, meaning that I had until sundown to finish, which was definitely doable.

It's roughly a four mile loop, though there are folks on the internet who claimed that they hiked it and it was eight miles long!

It turns out, the trail really is a four mile loop. It's well-marked, and I really can't fathom how people would hike here and make these claims. Maybe they got lost or have really inaccurate fitness tracking devices?

The trail was popular with cyclists & dog walkers, and no one else. This is understandable, because it is not particularly scenic and lacks basically any features worth describing, but is easy to access and is not too challenging for those uses. Simply put, it's an alright trail.

Green Hills Preserve

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: natlandstrails of pa • Places: Green Hills Preserve, PA

The Green Hills Preserve is not unlike the Crow's Nest Preserve, except there's more of it that I like. There are more hiking trails that are connected in a series of loops not unlike a big figure eight or two, and although there are portions that are still like walking through fields, I found those portions to be more enjoyable here than at Crow's Nest.

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Trail Information
Name Green Hills Preserve
Type trail system
Location Mohnton
State PA
Country USA
Miles 3
Difficulty very easy
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Crow's Nest Preserve

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: natlandstrails of paHopewell Big Woodsplantlife • Places: Crow's Nest Preserve

The Natural Lands Trust is a non-profit organization that owns numerous nature preserves in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Crow's Nest preserve is one of these, situated on the outskirts of the Hopewell Big Woods, near French Creek State Park and the Hopewell Furnace Historic Site.

French Creek at the Preserve
Trail Information
Name Crow's Nest Preserve
Type trail system
Location Elverson
State PA
Country USA
Miles 9
Difficulty very easy
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For more information on the preserve, check out the official website. The Crow's Nest Preserve contains many hiking trails, and of them, areas near the parking lot that run by French Creek were by far my favorite. I actually visited twice, so I think I have some pretty stellar photos from both trips.