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Elk County Pennsylvania Hiking Trails

Black Cherry National Interpretive Trail

Twin Lakes Recreation Area

The Black Cherry National Interpretive Trail is an easy 1.4 mile self-guided interpretive trail with 36 interpretive stops along the way.  This trail interprets the central theme of vegetative management in the Central Allegheny Plateau Ecosystem.  Enjoy the stops and learn about the historical significance of the Dahoga Area.

The trail passes through a typical Allegheny hardwood forest, consisting of black cherry, white ash, red and sugar maple, beech, black birch and hemlock.  Understory shrubs are predominantly serviceeberry, striped witch-hazel, ironwood and hophorn beam.  A wide variety of wildflowers and other herbaceous plants pervade the area.

Wildlife that may be observed include white-tailed deer, black bear, porcupine, skunk, squirrel, oppossum and a large variety of songbirds.

The trail is marked with off-white diamond markers.


Twin Lakes Recreation Area is located eight miles southeast of Kane. Take State Route 321 from Kane; turn right on Forest Road (FR) 191.

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