Groundhog Creek Trail

At A Glance


1.9 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.9
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 315


This trail follows Groundhog Creek for most of its length. Just below the Appalachian Trail shelter the trail crosses an old road. Water is available along the trail and at the shelter. Offers 9.5 mile loop: Combine with Groundhog Creek, Rube Rock and Appalachian trails.

This trail is located in the Max Patch Mountain & Harmon Den Area area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Max Patch Mountain & Harmon Den Area trails list page.



Average Rating: 1.0 (rated 1 times)

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Sharon Fox said: A friend and I hiked this trail (loop) 5-6 November 2016. We started at Brown Gap and hiked down Rube Rock to Groundhog Creek. I can’t even count the number of times we lost the trail. We split up several times to search for the welcome sight of a faint blaze. There were some beautiful areas along this loop but it’s in great need of maintenance. It was for sure a challenging hike carrying a full pack...crawling, climbing and maneuvering all the downed trees (lost count of those also).

Tuesday, December 19 2017 1:23pm

Lee Parker said: Just came off this trail yesterday (21 November 2016). The trail angel on Snowbird had warned me the trail was not well maintained, but I needed a quick extract for an injured party member. Starting from Groundhog Creek Shelter it was obvious that the trail had not been maintained for quite some time. Completely overgrown in spots and only scantily blazed we were nevertheless able to maintain good time until we reached the junction with Rube Rock Trail. Shortly afterward we arrived at Interstate 40, only to discover we were a few hundred feet above it. We realized we must have missed a turn and backtracked to the junction. The junction was a section of down trees and we decided that the trail to the Interstate must have diverged at this point although there was no evidence of it. Since going back was not an option we headed down the creek intending to follow Groundhog Creek for half a mile until we reached the Interstate. about halfway down, we finally picked up the trail again and followed it out the remaining quarter mile. This is not a trail for an inexperienced hiker. Although it has some potentially nice spots, I would not recommend this trail in its present condition for anything except emergency use.

Wednesday, November 23 2016 12:43am
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