Little Drummer Historical Pathway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Little Drummer Historical Pathway, is a short 1-mile loop and a 2.1-mile loop through a managed wildlife area.

There are 26 informative signs to help you enjoy exploring a variety of wildlife habitats. Hiking you will see a mix of forest conditions including hardwood trees, spruce and larch, woody shrubs and young forest, Cole Run pond, wetlands and streams, and a diversity of openings and edges. The sign-posts you pass include an assortment of animals, plants or habitat features you are likely to encounter.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed.
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
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:
  • Occupancy Limits
The trail is marked with off-white diamond-shaped markers on trees, or with decals on brown plastic posts. Walk-in camping is permitted. The use of mountain bikes and saddle, pack or draft animals is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Ridgway, Pa
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email:

General Information


From Ridgeway

  • Travel on Main St. to Halton-Spring Creek Road/T307
  • Travel on Halton-Spring Creek Road/T307 for 8.4 miles.
  • The tralhead is located on the right.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

The short loop of the Little Drummer Historical Pathway leads to Cole Run Pond and then returns to the parking lot. The longer loop goes all the way around Cole Run Pond, and you can return on one of the legs of the smaller loop. Plan an hour's walk if you do the short loop. Plan 3-4 hours if you do the long loop. Wear rubber-bottomed boots if you hike the long loop.
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted if maintained in a fire ring, and completely extinguished.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Nature Viewing

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