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Welcome to the Black Cherry National Recreation Trail located at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area. The main loop is 1.0 miles in length, with a short loop off the main trail that adds another 0.4 miles. This trail provides access to the Twin Lakes Hiking Trail, which takes hikers to the Tionesta Scenic Area, 16.5 trail miles away.
The trail passes through a typical Allegheny hardwood forest, consisting of black cherry, white ash, red and sugar maple, beech, black birch and hemlock. Understory shrubs are predominantly serviceeberry, striped witch-hazel, ironwood and hophorn beam. A wide variety of wildflowers and other herbaceous plants pervade the area.
Wildlife that may be observed include white-tailed deer, black bear, porcupine, skunk, squirrel, oppossum and a large variety of songbirds.
The trail is marked with off-white diamond markers. Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animals on hiking trails.
The skill level of this hiking trail is easy. Practice no trace ethics - pack it in, pack it out, and for sanitary disposal of wastes, dig a pit on flat ground at least 6 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water.
These trails are open for winter hiking. Remember to dress in layers appropriate for the weather conditions. Be aware that these trails are used heavily in the late fall and spring by hunters. It is a good idea to wear bright fluorescent colored clothing if hiking during these time periods.