Flat Rock Trail

Colonel Denning State Park, Pennsylvania

Elevation Gain865ft
Trailhead Elevation1,653ft
Elevation Min/Max794/1653ft
Elevation Start/End1653/1653ft

Flat Rock Trail

Flat Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Perry County and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. It is within Tuscarora State Forest and Colonel Denning State Park. It is a mile long and begins at 1,653 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 865 feet. This trail connects with the following: Woodburn Trail, Lehman Trail, Warner Trail and Tuscarora Trail.

Flat Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Departing from the environmental education center at Colonel Denning State Park, follow the Flat Rock Trail uphill for 1 mile to the Wagon Wheel, a junction of five trails.

From here, the Flat Rock Trail follows the path of the Tuscarora Trail for another mile out to the Flat Rock Overlook. Retrace the route back to the state park or continue following the Flat Rock and Warner Loop through Wildcat Hollow."

"Beginning at the Flat Rock Overlook (see previous hike profile), this hike follows the Tuscarora Trail east through Wildcat Hollow. After several miles, it joins the Warner Trail and follows Trout Run to the Wagon Wheel trail junction a mile above the parking area at Colonel Denning State Park.

For the first 2 miles of this hike, follow the directions to the Flat Rock Overlook, provided in the previous profile. After enjoying the view, it’s time to grab your pack and take to the Tuscarora Trail. From the overlook, head back uphill a short distance and keep your eyes open for the not-so-obvious blue-blazed trail heading off to the east."

"A short, rocky climb leads to a springhouse for an icy drink then continues up Blue Mountain to Flat Rock for one of the top views in the state.

From this overhanging ledge—one at rock no bigger than your SUV—there is a 180-degree view of the majestic Cumberland Valley and (on a clear day) South Mountain. Tiny cars whiz along the roads, while tiny farm tractors stir up the dust in the fields. Along the trip you’ll cross the famous 248-mile-long Tuscarora Trail."

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Trail Information

Colonel Denning State Park
Nearby City
Colonel Denning State Park
Colonel Denning State Park, 1599 Doubling Gap Rd., Newville 17241; (717) 776-5272; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/coloneldenning
Local Contacts
USGS Andersonburg, PA
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