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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.

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. Lean-to shelters for backpackers are available.

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.

The trail is marked with off-white markers. Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animal on hiking trails.

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.

Directions: From Warren, PA, Trailhead parking is located at a pull-off on US 62 halfway between Tidioute or Warren or at Dunham Siding which is on the Hearts Content Road at the junction of FR 116 and 119. From Warren or Tidioute, take US 62 to its junction with Hearts Content Road. From Sheffield, take the Austin Hill (Bull Hill) Road to the Hearts Content Road.

Distance: 8.8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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