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Lake Shore Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 61' 19 m
Descent: -62' -19 m
High: 1,202' 366 m
Low: 1,175' 358 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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Trail shared by James Feather

An easy yet rewarding 3.4 mile loop around Shawnee Lake in Shawnee State Park.

James Feather

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A very easy graded trail on a gravel surface.

Park closes at sunset.

Overview

The Lake Shore Trail is an extremely easy yet scenic 3.4-mile loop that circles around most of Shawnee Lake in Shawnee State Park. This trail is mostly wide, level, and surfaced with very small gravel. The trail is suitable for families of all ages, it would be easy enough to push a stroller as well.

Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the loop at a leisurely pace.

Need to Know

A very scenic trail with lots of wildlife - bring a camera!

Description

Start out by parking in the large parking area near the boat launch. Follow the paved path in a clockwise direction, up the hill and then down around the swimming beach area where the trail turns to a small gravel surface.

The trail then makes a bend around a pavilion and follows the lake closely, crosses several small bridges, and then rises up to meet a gravel service road for the dam. Follow the road until you see the dam to your right and the trail going across the top. The trail crosses the top of the dam before following the lake closely until it leads to the park road at another parking area.

The trail is marked alongside of the road and crosses two bridges before ending at the original parking area near the boat launch.

Flora & Fauna

Various aquatic and terrestrial plants and wildlife throughout the loop.

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Mar 10, 2019
Julie Ann
took 2.5 hours! 3.5mi — 11h 00m
Jun 15, 2018
B R
May 6, 2017
Kristen Carrier
Apr 23, 2017
Richard Zintner
Feb 8, 2017
David Wagner
A little wet in the low areas, otherwise good condition. 5mi

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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#42

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Photos

This is a look across Shawnee Lake from the Dam.
Feb 9, 2017 near Bedford, PA
View of Shawnee Lake.
Dec 18, 2015 near Bedford, PA
The downstream side of the dam harbors dense hardwood forests and a raging outflow.
Feb 9, 2017 near Bedford, PA
Nice wide trail around Shawnee Lake.
Dec 21, 2015 near Bedford, PA

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