Chautauqua Gorge State Forest Hike Review
Posted on June 28 2018
By Kelly Daniels
Trail Name: Chautauqua Gorge State Forest
Location: Hannum Recreation Area
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Length: I hiked down into the actual gorge and only hiked 5 miles but you can walk the gorge for miles and miles in either direction
Trail Access: There is a very steep dirt trail down to the gorge. Once you get into the actual gorge it is all natural rock and slate.
Trail surfaces: natural rock and slate
Trail activities: walking and swimming
Description: This is a trail for the experienced hiker. There is an approximate ½ mile hike down into the gorge. Once you get into the actual gorge it is all natural rock and slate. I recommend you were good water shoes and be prepared to get wet. You will have to cross the gorge in several places to make you way. In places the water is deep enough to take a swim. The walking surface is extremely slippery and rocky, but the scenery is unbelievable. This natural made gorge is definitely something you should put on your bucket list
If you are not interested in hiking the gorge, there is a ¼ mile loop trail that circles a larch and spruce plantation off Hannum Road. There are picnic tables, pavilions and fire rings for day use. The trail is made of crushed stone and is accessible to people of all abilities.
Overall Rating: (1-5 stars) 5⭐