The Quehanna Wild Area - 10 Trail Loop at Quehanna Wild Area near Pottersdale, Pennsylvania is a moderate 18.4-mile loop hike that features remote mountain-plateau scenery.
The Quehanna Wild Area has a extensive trail system and many options for making various loops for day hiking or backpacking. I headed out with to do a backpacking trip with a starting point and a rough idea of where I was going, but made decisions on the fly to complete the backpacking loop.
I parked at the Hoover Farm Viewing area and started by hiking Robber David Lewis Trail. My hike was counter clockwise and below is the list of trails I used.
- Robber David Lewis Trail
- Panther Run Trail (passes through State Game Lands 34)
- Kunes Camp Trail (also passes through SGL 34)
- Erie Camp Trail (shared-use trail)
- Cole Run Trail (shared-use trail)
- Quehanna Trail
- Kaiser Timber Road (hiking trail that doesn't seem to get much use, but easy to follow)
- Reservoir Road (gravel road)
- Old Sinnamahoning Trail (shared-use trail)
- Number 11 Trail (shared-use trail)
- Twister Trail (shared-use trail)
- Quehanna Highway for brief road walk back to Hoover Farm
In hindsight, the better way to finish this loop is probably to continue on Quehanna Trail and use one of the trail/road options to connect with Big Spring Draft Trail back to Hoover Farm. Either way hiking is Quehanna Wild Area is absolutely beautiful and the mossy floored spruce forest of Panther Run Trail was one of the highlights of this route.
Dogs are allowed only if leashed and must be cleaned up after.
Backpacking & Camping
Backpacking and camping are permitted within the Quehanna Wild Area. If planning to backcountry / disperse / remote camp, please follow all state forest and wild area rules and regulations.
Hikers will find a large parking lot at the coordinates provided, located at the Hoover Farm parking area.
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