Moraine State Park
Park at McDanels Boat Launch Area
"It's like deja-vu,
all over again."
The North Country National Scenic Trail stretches 4600 miles from New York to North Dakota.One hundred of those miles are in scenic Pennsylvania.
We hiked this 2.5 mile section of the trail starting at the McDanels Launch area in Moraine State park. Like other areas of the trail we've hiked, it was beautiful all over again.
There are beautiful views of Lake Arthur along this mostly flat section of trail. There are a few small hills, but they're low-grade, few and far between.
The downside to this section is its close proximity to the highway for maybe a mile. That's something which usually bothers us but the scenery more than made up for any road nose.
We especially loved the hemlock groves, the rock cairns along the trail, and the lush greenery of the forest floor.
Wonder what these are and why they're here.
The trail is clearly marked with blue blazes.
Watching the sailboats on Lake Arthur.
Under the overpass we go.
Admit one to the greatest show on planet earth.
These trees. This path. It doesn't get much better than this.
The perfect spot to eat our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
One of many rock cairns left by hikers. Speaking of hikers, we didn't see anyone on our 2.5 mile out and back hike. It was a beautiful, sunny day, so we're not sure why we were the only ones on the trail.
Nature's tripod, a treepod!
Jeff's Beer Pick: North Country Brewing Company's Paleo IPA