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Distance:
1.1 Miles / 1.8 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~33 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
State Game Lands 141
Town:
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Directions:
40.941407, -75.672378
Added:
November 18, 2023
Updated:
January 04, 2024
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120 '

Total Change
162 '

Ascent
163 '

Descent

Tank Hollow Vista at State Game Lands 141 near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania is an easy 1.1-mile out-and-back hike that leads to a stunning view of the Lehigh Gorge known as Tank Hollow Vista.

Trails
This hike follows one named trail: Tank Hollow Trail.

Hike Description
This hike begins at the main trailhead for the Tank Hollow Trail located at (40.945683, -75.691963) along the SGL 141 entrance road. We hiked this during open hunting season, so it was easy to drive to the trailhead -- just do not trust Google Maps to get you there, please read the Parking & How to get to Tank Hollow Vista section below for more details.

The trail starts off with an obvious "Tank Hollow Trail" sign a couple-dozen feet into the trail, so you know you're on the right path. Hike down this trail for a half-mile to reach the vista. Along the way, hikers will pass through an open forest before the trail becomes swallowed-up by tall rhododendron that enclose you as you approach the vista.

Tank Hollow Vista - Mile 0.52
Around mile 0.52, hikers will pass through the rhododendron cover to reach the rocky outcropping on the side of the Lehigh Gorge with a stunning view of the gorge -- this is Tank Hollow Vista. Hikers will find different vantage points to take-in the sights of the Lehigh Gorge from this rock outcropping. From Tank Hollow Vista, hikers get a view of the Lehigh River as it cuts through the Lehigh Gorge in an ultra-secluded part of Pennsylvania, but not far from large populations -- hence, why this spot is so popular. Watch your step as you traverse some of the rocks as there are steep and deep drop-offs in between some of the cracks.

The hike out obviously follows the same path to complete this 1-mile out-and-back hike (assuming the entrance road gate is open).

Parking & How to get to Tank Hollow Vista
Getting to the Tank Hollow Trail trailhead can be a bit tricky. As of November 2023, Google Maps has no idea how to direct people to the trailhead without routing them the wrong way. The easiest way to find the Tank Hollow Trail and this trailhead is to drive to the parking coordinates provided (40.941407, -75.672378) which will lead hikers to the SGL 141 entrance road. There's a massive parking lot located there. During hunting season (October thru January), the gate should be open and thus the road is drive-able. If the gate is closed, then you must walk along Buzzard's Point Road to reach the trailhead. With the gate closed, the Buzzard's Point Road walk will increase the mileage from ~1-mile out-and-back to a ~3.5 or 4-mile out-and-back hike. If the gate is open, you can easily drive to the trailhead which is located at (40.945683, -75.691963).

Parking lot size @ trailhead: Medium turnout, large enough to fit ~6 vehicles. Scarce parking along the entrance road, pull all the way off the road to not block traffic.

Parking lot size @ entrance road: Very large. Lot is large enough to fit several dozen vehicles.

Mileage to hike Tank Hollow Vista
If the State Game Lands gate at (40.941407, -75.672378) is closed, then the mileage for this hike is about 3.5 to 4-miles out-and-back. During hunting season (October thru January), the gate should be open and you can drive the entrance road -- in that case, the mileage is ~1-mile out-and-back.

Total Time to hike Tank Hollow Vista
SGL 141 Gate Open: ~35 minutes

SGL 141 Gate Closed: ~1.5 to 2-hours.

Warning
Hunting: SGL 141 is mostly accessible to the public during hunting season, so you must wear blaze orange when hiking through this area as it's a state law. When not in hunting season, you do not need to wear blaze orange. Please check the PA Game Commission's website to find out more about when hunting is open.

Steep ledges: This hike leads to a rock outcropping with steep drop-offs and ledges. Watch your step and hike at your own risk.

Explore 18 trails near Jim Thorpe, PA
  1. Parking

    40.941407, -75.672378
  2. Main Trailhead

    40.945683, -75.691964
  3. Tank Hollow Vista, view of the Lehigh Gorge

    40.948631, -75.699761
    Tank Hollow Vista, view of the Lehigh Gorge
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Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)
Snakes
Poison Ivy/Oak
Rockfalls / Ledges / or Scrambles

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3 Trip Reports

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1.1 miles / 1.8 km
Trail added
November 18, 2023
Hiked on
November 18, 2023
Updated on
January 04, 2024
1.1 miles / 1.8 km
November 18, 2023
Saw a hunter setup on the side of the trail which was a bit odd. The views from Tank Hollow Vista were really nice. Very busy at SGL 141 that day though, lots of hikers and hunters out.
Hiking
6.1 miles / 9.8 km
February 26, 2021
Have enjoyed this amazing vista over the Lehigh Gorge several times, mostly choosing to go in winter with snow to avoid seeing anyone else at this otherwise busy/popular spot (just have to do longer hike in from the main parking area by the main road in winter). Fairly easy hiking (even pulled my daughter in a sled on one of our trips in the snow)! For bigger adventure which is very challenging, there is a non-blaze trail that heads all the way down to river level, then just a short walk up by the train tracks to access Stony Creek which has a very beautiful waterfall not too far upstream that in winter you can go behind/inside the frozen falls! Whether backtracking, or trying to head upstream on the rhodo-filled banks to then eventually climb up and reach an outer blue-blaze trail that goes back to the start, it's tough going (especially when post-holing in the snow)!
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