“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir
Kingswood has a number of trails, ranging from very easy to some steep uphills. The first four trails are the first trails that were build and are loops. The Red, White, and Yellow trails all start and end at the lake dam. The Orange trail is a loop around the back of the property beyond the Eagle campsites. The Pink trails are connector trails and are used to make interesting variations to the loops. The Blue Boundary Line Trail, or BLT, does not go all the way around the boundary but does link sections of the yellow and pink trails and provides some longer and more difficult hiking options for those interested.
This is our shortest trail, starting and ending at the lake dam. This is a great walk if you have children as there are plenty of turtles, frogs, flowers and perhaps a beaver to see. The lake is always in view, and for large parts of the trail you walk along the edge of the lake. The trail is single file with some wooden walkways. Some of the terrain is wet and uneven. The 7 stations of the Prayer Trail are found on the section of trail from the beach to almost the gazebo at the end of the pond.
This trail starts and ends at the dam.
This walk heads up from the lake to the Tent & Trailer area.
After walking the road through Tent & Trailer, you will turn left onto a logging road and cross a stream. Be sure to stop and enjoy the beaver dam and look for the beaver lodge. In middle to late summer, this dam is covered with orange flowers: jewelweed, also called touch-me-nots (when the seeds are ready, they will pop when touched). The jewelweed plant has been used for centuries in North America by Native Americans and herbalists as a natural preventative and treatment for poison ivy and poison oak.
This trail can be wet, which the berries love. If berries are in season, be sure to bring a container. After you cross the stream, the trail turns left again and you head downhill. This will bring you to beautiful views of the back end of the lake.
The trail then follows along the lake to its end. The white trail then follows one of the inlet streams for the lake and onto another beaver pond.
The trail then circles around the end of the pond, and you cross the head waters to Hathaway pond by rock hopping. This water supply is often nothing more than a trickle in the summer. At this point the trail climbs uphill steeply and takes you through a series of switch backs before joining an old logging road. The remainder of the rail follows a logging road and remains wet after a rain. The trail comes out into the field just above the playground and swim area. You can return to the dam parking area if that is where you left your car or follow the yellow trail uphill to the campsites.
The Yellow Trail is all old logging roads or camp roads and is great for walking side by side, or for a jog. This trail also starts and ends at the lake dam. The Yellow Trail trail and the White Trail are together going up hill to the Tent & Trailer area and then split apart when you reach a small open field after crossing the stream. The Yellow Trail continues straight where the White Trail turns left into the hemlock trees. The Yellow Trail continues as a wide trail at an almost even elevation, passing many hemlock trees along the way. As you continue, you will come to another small open field area and then enter into a deciduous forest. On your left you may notice an intersection with a Pink Trail. This path will lead you down to the beaver pond and the stream that feeds the lake. Some folks choose this option to get back to the start at the dam parking area. If you continue on the Yellow Trail, you will quickly notice the trail begins to climb in elevation. At first it is just a bit steep and then it gets very steep and rocky. This section does not last long, and we recommend that you not jog this part. You can blame the walking on the uneven rocks, but really you will probably need to walk a bit to catch your breath. Watch for the stinging nettle plants on the left as you go up. Don’t touch!
At the top of the steep hill a Pink Trail come in from the right, connecting to the BLT and heads back in the directions you came from. It goes to the observation deck and on to Hathaway Pond Road above the entrance to the Tent & Trailer area. At this intersection you will notice an Adirondack shelter on the left of the trail. Please stop here and enjoy a bite to eat and some well deserved rest.
The trail continues as a wide logging road at a fairly even level all the way out to Eagle Field. You will walk the campsite road downhill until you get to the Cove campsite. Here you can continue down on the camp road or walk on the Cove driveway a short distance and follow the yellow trail through the woods and down to the lake. You will come out into a field just above the playground and swim area.
BLT to Observation Deck
This trail is steep, rocky and in many places single file. Start at the Tent & Trailer pavilion and walk up the road to the start of the trail or go in on the Yellow Trail and turn right onto the Pink Trail after you pass the beaver pond and the small open field. Take that to the observation deck and then return on the BLT trail (blue). When you get to Hathaway Pond Road proceed downhill to the Tent & Trailer area where you started.
BLT to Observation Deck and continue on to Adirondack shelter and Eagle field
This is a combination of the hike above and the yellow trail hike.
Pink Trail to Observation Deck
This way is steep but wide enough to walk side by side. It is an up-and-back trail but can be combined with the BLT trail to make a loop that begins and ends at the Tent & Trailer area pavilion. The view from the observation deck is wonderful.
Be sure to bring binoculars and see if you can spot the wind turbines in Pennsylvania. When in season this trail has many berries to snack on or to collect and bring back to your campsite.
This trail passes through some of the most unique habitats at Kingswood. It begins and ends at a break in the stone wall past the Eagle 2 campsite. The trail takes a right turn and leads you through mountain laurel and into a Hemlock forest. It then turns left along a beautiful old stone wall and you walk over what was once a stone road elevated to keep travels high and dry as you pass over a swampy area with a small seasonal stream. The road must have had a wooden bridge at one point, but now you must step down and back up the other side as the wooden planking is no longer there. As you walk along the elevated road be sure to look to your right and try to spy the old barn foundation. The trail then climbs up hill and you will pass the house foundation. To see the house foundation you must travel uphill to the right off the Orange Trail a little.
The Orange Trail then joins a logging road and continues through the old farmstead fields before entering a dark hemlock forest. On a hot day it is a joy to step out of the sun into the cool shade of the hemlock trees. The trail proceeds on a fairly straight logging road, and then it makes a left turn and heads downhill along the edge of Kingswood property, through a deciduous forest. At close to the corner of the property, the trail turns left again. The trail is often wet along this section as you are just above a large wet land area that lies just off Kingswood property. The trail begins to slowly climb upward and eventually you will cross a stream. Just after the stream, the logging road continues straight but you will want to turn left and stay on the Orange Trail. The gem of this trail lies just ahead – Hemlock Haven. This is a wonderfully cool place to sit on a hot day. You’ll spy a natural spring. The water is straight out of the ground, but we do not recommend you drink it as it contains surface contamination.
Boundary Line from Maples campsite to Eagle Field
If you are staying in the Maples, Hogan or Eagle campsites, there is a nice walk that begins at the well house behind the Maples campsite. At this point the trail color is pink and it travels along a ridge to meet up with the Boundary Line which is a Blue Trail. Turn right and go down a steep but short hill, then proceed on a fairly even, straight, wide logging road. The trail turns right just before coming to a corner of Kingswood property. It then follows an old stone wall out of the forest and into a wet field below Eagle Field. Follow the trail through the wet portion and back onto dry ground and you walk uphill through a field and into the area known as Eagle Field. Walk through Eagle Field to join up with the camp road.