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Distance:
5.2 Miles / 8.4 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
2 hours, ~36 minutes
Features:
PA Wilds
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Lyman Run State Park
Town:
Galeton, Pennsylvania
Directions:
41.716683, -77.747191
Added:
August 25, 2019
Updated:
March 14, 2022
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203 '

Total Change
528 '

Ascent
530 '

Descent

The Lyman Run Trail at Lyman Run State Park in Galeton, Pennsylvania is an easy 5.2-mile out-and-back trail that features beautiful views of Lyman Run Reservoir and spans the entire length of the park.

This trail has three main sections and can be picked up from two main parking lots. This hike description follows the trail from east to west and follows yellow blazes.

The trail begins near the eastern-most parking lot at Lyman Run State Park and follows Rock Run for about 0.1-miles before the trail crosses Rock Run and follows Lyman Run for about a quarter mile. The first 0.3-miles of this trail runs through a beautiful coniferous forest before it meanders away from Lyman Run and heads through a mixed forest of pines and deciduous trees.

Shortly after hiking away from Lyman Run, the trail will take a 90-degree left-hand turn and head directly toward Lyman Run. The trail seemingly ends at the creek, but this is where hikers are supposed to wade through the creek to cross to the other side. The water is always running - unless there's a drought - so plan to wear waterproof boots, or plan to get your feet wet. The water depth is about 1-foot deep at this section of the creek and there are no rocks hikers can use to cross the creek easier.

Further on, beyond the creek crossing (continuing to hike west), the trail meanders along a deciduous forest among ferns before the trail reaches the ATV/Snowmobile Trail. Hike along the ATV trail, crossing the bridge, and then take a left-hand turn to continue following the yellow blazes.

Not far after the ATV bridge crossing, the trail will reach the flood basin behind the Lyman Run Reservoir dike - which gives the hiker an interesting view of the surrounding mountains, reservoir dike, and the human-made waterfall of water cascading down from the reservoir. The trail technically heads uphill, heading east, and then follows the road over to the reservoir dike (as shown in the trail map); however, hikers can choose to skip this portion and cross the wooden bridge over Lyman Run to head up the backside of the dike.

Regardless of how you hike over to the dike, views from the Lyman Run Reservoir dike are the best views this trail has to offer, but the hike is still not over as the trail continues at the very end of the dike, to the south.

Hike to the very southern end of the dike and look for a skinny trail that leads up the brush and into the woods. This is where the trail becomes a bit more boring as you hike through a thick forest along a trail littered with rocks and roots. The trail continues for about 1.5 to 2-miles one-way, from the dike, and eventually reaches the Susquehannock Trail System (STS).

This trail data does not reach the Susquehannock Trail System(STS) as we turned back after 1.4-miles in from the dike; however, hiking this far will bring hikers 5.2-miles out-and-back to this point. If you plan to hike all the way to the STS, plan for a 6 to 7 mile out-and-back hike.

Parking: If you plan to hike this trail in full, including the Lyman Run creek crossing, you should park at the parking coordinates provided. If you plan to hike just the reservoir and west, heading into the woods, or heading east into the woods, you can park here: 41.725311, -77.761036 - this is the main parking lot for the park, near the dike.

Pets: Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.

Hunters: Hunting is allowed near this trail, at Lyman Run State Park. Please be aware and wear blaze orange during hunting season.

Creek crossing: Please note that this trail has one creek crossing where no bridge is provided for hikers. This creek crossing can be found 0.4 to 0.5-miles in from the eastern parking lot. If you do not plan to hike this trail in its entirety, park at the main parking lot and skip the eastern-most section of this trail.

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  1. Parking

    41.716683, -77.747191
  2. Main Trailhead

    41.71708, -77.747634
  3. Creek crossing - the trail continues to the left of these boulders about 15 feet down the stream

    41.720786, -77.751044
    Creek crossing - the trail continues to the left of these boulders about 15 feet down the stream
  4. western side of Lyman Run creek crossing

    41.720611, -77.751389
    western side of Lyman Run creek crossing
  5. View of Lyman Run Reservoir and man-made waterfall

    41.724394, -77.760567
    View of Lyman Run Reservoir and man-made waterfall
  6. Western Lyman Run view

    41.721019, -77.775178
    Western Lyman Run view
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Seasons

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Blaze Color

Yellow

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5.2 miles / 8.4 km
Trail added
August 25, 2019
Hiked on
August 25, 2019
Updated on
March 14, 2022
5.2 miles / 8.4 km
August 26, 2019
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