This scenic trail takes you north though the woodlands along Linn Run past the ruins of a pre World War Two hunting lodge to Flat Rock, an enormous boulder exposed and worn smooth over the millenia by the swiftly flowing waters of Linn Run.
Parking Lot GPS Coordinates: 40° 10′ 08.227″ N, 79° 14′ 01.567″ W
Trail Length: .75 Miles
Estimated Time To Complete: 30 Minutes Or Less
Trailhead Location: In the Adam’s Falls Picnic Area just after the bridge to the upper picnic area on the left.
Trail Type: Out & Back
Required Equipment – Sneakers or Hiking Boots
Facilities: Picnic Facilities, & Pit Toilets In The Picnic Area
- Adam’s Falls Loop
- Grove Run Trail
- Beam Rocks Trail
- Laurel Mountain Loop
- Laurel Mountain State Park
- Wolf Rocks
- Beam Rocks
- Laurel Summit State Park
Starting at the parking lot for Adam’s Falls Picnic Area cross the bridge over Linn Run and on your left will be the trailhead for Flat Rock Trail, as you start down the trail you’ll find an information board about Timber Rattlesnakes. This same board can be found in other picnic areas of Forbes State Forest and other state parks in Pennsylvania, for more information on Timber Rattlesnakes you can visit DCNR’s website.
Besides being a typical Pennsylvania mountain trail with sections alternating from being lightly rocky, too muddy or having roots growing across the trail in places the trail is broad, well-defined and easy to travel. To your left Linn Run parallels the trail and you soon arrive at a hump in the trail that is a bit rougher than the rest of the trail but this section doesn’t last for long. On your left you’ll see the ruins of the former McGinnis Rod & Gun Club which was abandoned in the early 1940′s and now only the outer rocks walls and chimney remain intact. Next up is a small foot bridge over a creek and then you arrive at Linn Run where you’ll find Flat Rock and in the summer season most likely a groups of people and swimming in the stream and sliding down the natural water slide formed by an untold number of years of water flowing over the surface of the rock.
Officially swimming is not allowed here and DCNR employees ask you to be careful in the area as the rocks are quite slippery and several accidents happen here every year. Once you’re ready to leave simply follow the trail back towards the picnic area and the parking lot.