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This 8.8 mile trail begins at US 62 north of Tidioute, PA and travels southeasterly to the Hearts Content Recreation Area and finally links with the North Country National Scenic Trail at Dunham Siding. The northerly part of this trail passes through the Allegheny National Recreation Area which offers some of the most primitive woodlands on the Allegheny Plateau.
Watch the informational signs. This trail offers challenges to a wide range of skill levels as it drops dramatically from the plateau to the Allegheny River. Overnight camping is available at the Hearts Content Recreation Area.
Tanbark Trail is unique in that it offers hikers the opportunities to tie into other trails or visit unique areas on the Allegheny National Forest. The Tanbark Trail ties into the North Country National Scenic Trail. At the Hearts Content Recreation Area, the hiker has the opportunity to take a short loop trail through the Hearts Content National Scenic Area or even enter the Hickory Creek Wilderness for a two-day hike via the Hickory Creek Trail. Click on map mage to the right to get a full sized map of the Hickory Creek Wilderness. Tanbark Trail is also shown on this map.
Enjoy the wildlife viewing as you hike. The vegetation found in the Allegheny National Recreation Area supports wildlife typically associated with older trees.
The trail is marked with off-white markers. Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animal on hiking trails.
The skill level of these hiking trails are more difficult and you should be in good health to enjoy them. We encourage you to hike with at least one other person and to leave your itinerary with friends so they''ll know where to look if you don''t return on time or need assistance.
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.