The Dry Hollow Trail at Tioga State Forest in Gaines, Pennsylvania is an easy 2.4-mile out-and-back trail that features a beautiful vista point with views of the mountains surrounding PA Route-6.
This trail begins at the end of Goodall Road and follows a well-maintained snowmobile trail out to a stunning vista point. The trail heads downhill for almost the entire hike, while first following red blazes, then follows blue ribbons, and passes a couple of other blaze colors along the way (orange, yellow). Hikers will find arrow markers along the trail - these should be ignored. If you stay right at each trail junction, you'll make your way to the lookout point easily.
The trail follows the ridge of this mountain and eventually runs along a skinnier ridge with glimpses of views between the trees to both sides of the trail. During the winter and with no leaves on the trees, the view is likely more interesting as you hike out to the lookout point.
At mile 1.2, hikers will reach the campsite, which features a fire pit. Just behind the campsite is a clearing with a couple different vantage points with views of PA Route-6 and Elephant Mountain in the distance. To the left-hand side, just before Elephant Mountain, is the mountain range that holds more trails at Tioga State Forest, including the Bee Tree Ski Trail and the Deadman Hollow Run Trail.
Camping is permitted and backpackers must follow the Tioga State Forest rules; however, backpackers can find a campsite near the lookout point.
This trail is tricky as the blaze colors change multiple times. The hike starts off with red blazes at the trailhead; however, the red blazes, further down the trail, appear to follow a snowmobile trail (not the trail you want to take). Basically, if you see an arrow sign, do not follow it - stick to the skinnier trail, especially at the yellow arrow signs as this leads to the lookout point.
Hikers can find parking at the end of Goodall Road, at the coordinates provided. There's enough room for about a dozen cars.
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.
Mountain biking is permitted on this trail.
During the winter, this trail is open for snowmobiling; however, all of the colored signs and arrows are for snowmobiles, not hikers.
Winter Road Conditions
Tioga State Forest does not maintain this road during 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 accordingly.
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