Bear Run Nature Reserve
TRAIL DISTANCE - 13.5 miles
TYPE - Backpack (2 nights)
This was a nice short early season backpacking trip at Bear Run Nature Reserve. We felt like doing some easy miles this weekend, and spend more time in camp and exploring around camp. We started Friday AM to get a head start on the Memorial Day weekend crowd, and didn't see anyone at all the whole first day other than a few people preparing for a wedding reception at the converted barn you park behind. One quick note, you must reserve one of the 6 numbered camp sites at the trailhead kiosk on a first-come first-serve basis.
Our plan was to spend two nights in the woods, so we reserved #3 and #5, both were nice and near good water sources. Campsite #5 was HUGE. There was room for several tents, and a very nice clean fire pit with lots of logs for seating. Below are photos of the campsite.
The 13.5 mile hike starts out by crossing the highway and following a gravel road for a little ways before entering the woods and passing near the back of the "Falling Water" property. Finding the trail where it left the gravel road was a bit tricky here. Once you are on the trail, for the most part it follows abandoned mining rail beds, so the paths are wide and gently sloped. There are many other trails throughout the reserve, so you can hike longer or shorter loops if you feel up to it.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this hike, and considering it was Memorial Day weekend it was surprisingly quiet and peaceful. We only saw two other groups of hikers and one snake. We would recommend this hike.