Blackwater Falls SP/Canaan Mountain Loop
Description: This is a moderate 9.5 mile (8.3
if you don’t do the out/back to Lindy Point Overlook) hike using
both park and MNF trails to form a loop. Of the total mileage only
1.3 miles of walking on
The hike features a few modest climbs at the upper reaches of the Allegheny/Davis Trail and another one or two on the Plantation Trail, but nothing of serious consequence. The trek abounds in pretty streams, mature Red Spruce and Hemlocks, peat bogs and Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel thickets.
Follow signs to the
Lodge. Start there. Optional starting points are at the Stable
you passed on the left on your way in and the Lindy Point Overlook
area shown on the map
Follow signs to the Lodge. Start there. Optional starting points are at the Stable
which you passed on the left on your way in and the Lindy Point Overlook parking
area shown on the map
Trail Notes: From the lodge parking lot walk out to the sign at its main entrance. Across the road find a sign for Yellow Birch Trail (yellow blazes). Follow it for 0.7 miles to its intersection with the stable drive. The official route of the Allegheny Trail is up the drive, through the stable gate and left on a wide trail. A route more agreeable to one’s olfactory nerves is to cross the drive, remaining on Yellow Birch Trail. At this point you are actually also on Allegheny Trail-southbound. Cross Engine Run on a wooden bridge and soon arrive at a wide, unsigned or blazed trail. (This used to be a section of the Davis Trail. Its official trailhead has been moved further south at the park/MNF border on the Allegheny Trail.) Turn right here and merge onto the official Allegheny trail. There will be peat bogs to your left.
miles pass the park’s Stemwinder Trail on your right. It crosses
Engine Run on a badly damaged bridge. Stay straight on the Allegheny
Trail. Soon come to the park boundary and the official trailhead of
the Davis Trail. Both it and the Allegheny Trail share the same
tread through the
Soon cross Engine Run on a foot bridge. The trail turns left and follows the drainage for a while. Over the last 0.3 miles or so the trail veers away to the right of the stream and ascends through a series of steep but quick climbs. At 1.2 miles from leaving the park boundary arrive at a wide, flat rocky area with a shelter on your right. In 70 yards reach the intersection with blue blazed Plantation Trail.
right on the Plantation Trail and cross the west fork of Engine Run.
In 1.2 miles from the last trail junction pass
here states that
the intersection of
Once again cross Red Spruce Trail and then orange blazed Balanced Rock Trail (shown red on the map). In 0.7 miles from the cabin road arrive at the west entrance to the Lodge and your vehicle.
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Hike: Blackwater Falls/Canaan Loop
Hike: Blackwater Falls SP/Canaan Loop
Hike: Blackwater Falls SP/Canaan Mt. Loop
Hike: Blackwater Falls SP/Canaan Mountain Loop