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H3 Exploratory Scouting Hike: Nolde Forest State Park - 10+ Miles

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H3 Hike Rating: H3/C/2K/12M/5H (See Below)

Please Join Me For Some Hardcore Exercise and Outdoor Activity On My 2nd Exploratory Scouting Hike of The Nolde Forrest. This Is Such A Beautiful Place And Only Exxplored A Little More Than Half Last Time Around.


About This Hike Location:

Nolde Forest encompasses more than 665 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails makes the center's streams, ponds and diverse habitats accessible to hikers.


Hike Starting Location and Rally Point:

Meet At The Trail Head Parking Lot On Forester Road Just Off Intersection of Forester Road and New Holland Road (Route 625).

Look For Sign: Nolde Forest Sawmill Road Parking Lot.

Call Text Me At 484-540-5276 To Coordinate

GPS Coordinates (Both Formats)

40°16'52.2"N 75°56'54.0"W

40.281179, -75.948336

Smartphone Users: Simply Click The Address On Your Meetup Ap For Turn-By-Turn Directions Right To The Parking Lot.

From Website: Click The Address For A Google Map and Directions or Click The Following Link: Google Map:

Written Directions: Provided Below.

Arrival and Start Times: Please meet us at the scheduled time for quick meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then prompt departure 15 minutes after the posted meetup time.

Call/Text 484-540-5276 To Coordinate.


The Hike Plan: This Is An Exploratory Scouting Hike

The trails of Nolde Forest wander throughout the center under tall trees and near creeks. Some trails are footpaths and others were gravel roads used by the original owners of the mansion. A short, ADA accessible trail is by the mansion.

Listed below are the main trails. Numerous connectors join all of the trails into many loops.

Boulevard Trail:

The trail begins and ends at the mansion.

Kissinger Road:

This old fire road provides access to a conifer plantation.

Kohout Trail:

This short trail in the northern corner of the park has steep inclines.

Middle Road:

Conifer plantation

Watershed Trail:

This hiking trail follows the scenic creek bottom along Punches Run. The trail begins and ends at the mansion.

Important Note: When climbing hills, always feel free to take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop at the top of very steep hills for a rest and water break.

Lunch: We Will Stop For A Brief Lunch Break At A Scenic Spot.


Hike Rating Details:


H3 = Hike Pace: 3 MPH Average

C = Terrain: Trails and Rolling Hills

2K = Elevation Gain: 2000 Feet of Climbing (Estimated)

12M = Distance: 12 Miles

5H = Total Time: Approx 5 Hours (No Later Than 3:00PM)

This hike is for MODERATE TO ADVANCED HARDCORE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain, pace and cable crossings.

Please note that I will ALWAYS stop at various points along the way to let any slower hikers catch up whenever necessary.

We Leave No Hikers Behind! ;)


Hike Preparation and What You Will Need To Bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.

Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including jackets, wicking material, hats, extra socks and rain gear.


PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER, lunch, snacks and other essential items you may need.

You May Also Consider Bringing The Following Items:

• First Aid Kit (Recommended)

• Walking Stick(s)

• Field Guides, GPS, Maps and Compass

• Sunglasses

• Sun Block

• Insect Repellents

• Binoculars

• Camera

• Whistle

IMPORTANT NOTE: For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You Need! Please Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike.


General Information:

Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended)

Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly.

Facilities: There May Not Be Any Facilities. Separation Breaks As Needed.


Weather Cancellation Policies:

Rain Will NOT Cancel This Hike. However, Severe thunderstorms Will Definitely Cancel This Hike.



NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.


Safety First...But Let's Have Fun!

As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too.

Let's Take a Hike! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;)


Directions: From King of Prussia

Get on I-76 W to PA-10 N/Morgantown Rd in Robeson.

Take exit 7 from I-176 N 36.4 mi / 33 min

Continue on PA-10 N/Morgantown Rd.

Turn left onto PA-10 N/Morgantown Rd 3.5 mi

Turn left onto PA-724 W/Philadelphia Ave 1.1 mi

Turn left onto PA-625 S 1.2 mi

Turn right onto Forester Rd

Destination will be on the left - 217 ft