The Bear Run Trail at Tioga State Forest in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is an easy to moderate 0.8-mile one-way trail that runs adjacent to Colton Rd. Please note that Tioga State Forest has two "Bear Run Trails" and this trail lies on the western side of the state forest at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The other "Bear Run Trail" has waterfalls (Bear Run Trail Waterfalls) and is located in the eastern section of the state forest southeast of Wellsboro, PA. To make things even more confusing, hikers can take an off-trail hike along the Bear Run Falls Loop near this trail, to two small waterfalls; however, that trail is technically different from the eastern state forest trail mentioned previously.
This trail is simply a nice walk in the woods, but the southern end is a bit more interesting than the northern end with rows of tall pine trees that line the trail. The trail itself can be a bit muddy, so proper footwear is useful here.
This recording starts in the northern parking lot and follows the trail south. If you hike the trail in this direction, stay left at each trail junction to stay on the trail. If you're hiking this trail south to north, stay right at each trail junction to stay on the trail.
The trail also has a self-guided tour that hikers can follow by downloading the state forest's map:
The southern trailhead is easy to find and is visible right at the parking area. The northern trailhead is located behind the picnic shelter and is not visible from the parking area until you hike up to it.
Parking can be found one two places - at the trailhead listed here, across from the Barbour Rock Trail. Or you can park down the street at: 41.716821,-77.4642726.
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out.
Follow the yellow blazes.
Camping is technically allowed off of this trail, but no designated campsites can be seen from the trail. Backpackers must be aware of the state forest's primitive camping rules before heading out. More information can be found on the park's site.
Winter Road Conditions
This road is not maintained in the winter - do not attempt driving on this road without proper equipment including snow tires and/or chains unless the road is clear. High wind storms may also cause trees to fall across the road, making the road impassible. If you plan to visit during the winter, plan ahead.
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