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Sand Spring Trail

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A wooded trail never far from a creek that leads to a large spring bubbling from a white sandy bottom and then the AT.


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2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

91%

Runnable

1,515' 462 m

High

914' 279 m

Low

612' 187 m

Up

11' 3 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife

Need to Know

Trail is in state game lands so be sure to wear orange, especially late fall and winter. No facilities at the parking lot but the interstate exit is less than two miles away with gas station and several fast food places.

Runner Notes

Some small sections are very rocky with a short section that is entirely roots.

Description

From the parking lot, follow the gravel road past the gate. Then, in a few hundred feet, take the blue blazed singletrack Sand Spring Trail that splits off to the left. Farther up the trail, there are a couple unmarked trails on the left that can be optionally followed a very short distance out to the bank of the creek where there is a wooden bench.

The main trail eventually turns left and crosses the creek which usually requires some rock hopping (after heavy rain, it may be difficult to keep feet dry). Continuing on, there are a few more smaller stream crossings, two steeper climbs, and several opportunities to enjoy a quick departure from the trail to another creek that it's roughly following.

At around 1.25 miles in, the trail turns right and follows the creek upstream. There are some deeper pools along this section of creek that dogs can easily enjoy (think kiddie pool, more wading than swimming). This section can also require some rock hopping to stay dry especially after heavy rains.

After going up the creek just a few hundred feet, the trail crosses over to the left, and scrambles up some boulders. The trail remains rocky for the next few hundred feet, but keep your eyes open near the end of this for the Sand Spring sign and side trail on the left (about 1.5 miles in). This leads a few dozen feet to the actual spring where water is bubbling up through white sand in many spots into the large pool of water.

Back on the main trail, it continues for another half mile before reaching a three side rock walled spring and, to the left, the orange blazed Tom Lowe Trail that can be used to make a 5.25 mile loop. Staying on the Sand Spring Trail for another 0.2 miles leads to the Appalachian Trail.

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Bryan M

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Foggy day along trail.
Apr 7, 2019 near Lake Wy…, PA
Eastern Newt
Apr 7, 2019 near Lake Wy…, PA
Icicles hanging from frozen log over creek.
Apr 7, 2019 near Lake Wy…, PA
Bubbling sandy bottom of sand spring.
Apr 7, 2019 near Lake Wy…, PA

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