by Purple Lizard Trail Guru, Dave Gantz
Rothrock State Forest has a new trail, and it is ready for you to hike, run, bike, or even horseback ride! This 2.5 mile trail encircles Colyer Lake and can be accessed at the PA Fish and Boat Commission Parking Lot at the end of Lingle Road.
Colyer Lake is a popular destination for many who love outdoor recreation, especially in the early morning and late evening, so don’t necessarily expect solitude on this adventure. Instead, plan to meet some new local friends who share appreciation of outdoor recreation.
The trail skirts Colyer Lake in spots, and is near private property in other areas. As always, be mindful to respect private property boundaries and markers, and follow PA Fish and Boat regulations at the lake too.
Colyer Lake view from Lake Road parking lot
Multiple bridges, culverts, and other trail building methods are in place to keep this trail (and your feet) dry. Nonetheless, there are at least three stream crossings that will most likely make your feet wet.
No matter how you enjoy this area, be sure to stop and enjoy the wonderful views along the newest trail in Rothrock.
Not sure of how to get to the trailhead? Lucky for you this trail is already on the latest Purple Lizard Rothrock Map (6th Edition)! Grab your map, a snack, and a headlamp, and get out on the trails after work this summer!
Since it can be difficult to find new trails or find friends available and willing to explore the outdoors, Purple Lizard Maps has compiled a list of many of the weekly group events in the Central PA region that will keep you as busy as you want to be enjoying the fantastic outdoor recreation in the region.