Rimrock Hiking Trail and Overlook


Area Status: Open

This 1.3 mile trail offers a scenic 1 - 1 1/2 hour hike from Kinzua Beach to Rimrock Overlook. From the overlook visitors and hikers will be treated to outstanding views of the Allegheny Reservoir and surrounding hillsides.

Visitors to the overlook can explore the area's giant sandstone boulders, crevasses and rock outcrops. A set of stone steps, with handrail, allow visitors to climb "up" the boulders to the overlooks.

The majority of the trail is level with a gradual elevation change. As you climb up from the Kinzua Beach, the trail becomes steeper. The access road for the overlook, from State Route 59, is designated as a cross country ski trail during winter activity season.

The trail passes through an area heavily forested with oak. The mast from the oak trees provides food for many wildlife, including bear, deer, grouse and turkey.

Rimrock Overlook offers scenic views of Kinzua Bay, which extends southwest from the main body of the Allegheny Reservoir. Steps from the parking area to the overlook take visitors down a 200 foot elevation drop.

Rimrock brochure with map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open April 26 to December 12, 2022
Open Season: April 26 - December 12
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Allegheny Reservoir
  • Rimrock Recreation Area
Closest Towns: Marshburg, Warren
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Bradford Ranger District Address: 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-4613
Email: sm.fs.anf@usda.gov

General Information

Directions:

From downtown Warren

  • Travel south on Route 6/Crescent Park Drive for 2 miles.
  • Turn left/east onto Route 59.
  • Travel east on Route 59 for 12.7 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

The majority of the trail is level to gradual elevation change. Sections nearing the Rimrock Overlook become moderate to steep.

The trail travels through an area that is heavily forested, primarily with mature oak.

Along the Allegheny watershed, Native Americans used fire to promote oak composition for thousands of years. In turn, this provided Native Americans with a dependable mast of acorns.

Today, this mast feeds various forms of wildlife such as bear, deer, grouse, and turkey. If you do encounter wildlife, please use respect and view them from a safe distance.

Viewing Wildlife

Over 70 species of game and non-game fish live in the Allegheny National Forest. Over 300 species of mammals, including raccoon, gray squirrel, snowshoe hare, red and gray fox, beaver, mink, and muskrat as well as game species such as white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey.

For information on species common to Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny National Forest visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website for game and nongame species information.

When you see wildlife, please remember:

  • never feed wildlife
  • don't interfere with mating, predation or other natural behaviors.
  • keep a respectful distance
  • preserve habitat by following "Leave No Trace" principles.
  • leave young wildlife where you find them.

If you think you've found a sick or injured animal please call the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Viewing Plants

Rimrock access road goes through a heavily forested area with abundant mountain laurel.

For more information about the types of plants and trees you may see on the Allegheny:

Viewing Scenery

Picnicking

 Amenities:

  • picnic tables
  • grills
  • vault restroom
  • steps to rocks
  • overlook

Group Picnicking

 Amenities:

  • picnic tables
  • grills
  • vault restroom
  • steps to rocks
  • overlook

Scenic Driving

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The Rimrock Cross-Country Ski Trail is a 3.98 mile trail that goes from the Morrison Trailhead and connects to NRSR 454 to the Rimrock Overlook parking lot. The trail follows the road and circles around the top of Rimrock Overlook parking lot and travels back down NFSR 454.  The cross-country ski trail is not groomed. The majority of the trail is level to gradual elevation change. Sections nearing the Rimrock Overlook become moderate to steep.

The trail travels through an area that is heavily forested, primarily with mature oak. Along the Allegheny watershed, Native Americans used fire to promote oak composition for thousands of years. In turn, this provided Native Americans with a dependable mast of acorns. Today, this mast feeds various forms of wildlife such as bear, deer, grouse, and turkey. If you do encounter wildlife, please use respect and view them from a safe distance.

The Rimrock Hiking Trail is open for winter hiking.  In the winter time, the nearest trailhead that is open to park your vehicle is the Morrison Trailhead. National Forest System Road (NFSR) 454 that leads to the Rimrock Overlook is closed in the winter to vehicle traffic and the road is utilized as a cross-country ski trail.

Remember to dress in layers appropriate for winter conditions. Beware that this trails may be used in late fall and spring by hunters. It is recommended to wear bright fluorescent clothing while hiking during these time periods. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
1.3 miles

  Latitude : 
41.844444

  Longitude : 
-78.945556