Experience the Trails of Pennsylvania™

Chuck Keiper Trail

The Chuck Keiper Trail is named after Charles F. Keiper who was a dedicated conservationist and wildlife law enforcement officer. The trail, located in the Sproul State Forest, is a little over 47 miles in length and is organized into an eastern and western loop. The western loop (about 30 miles) is slightly longer than the eastern loop (approximately 22 miles) with the western loop typically being hiked in three days and the eastern in two days.

Chuck Keiper Trail
The Chuck Keiper Trail (CKT) makes many stream crossings without bridges and is best hiked at times of low water. The trail also traverses the Two Rock Run Fire area. There is no shade along this area of the hike so take plenty of water in the summer and try to hike this section in the early morning or late evening. The trail is a very strenuous hike as there are many ascents and descents without the use of switchbacks.

Aside for offering three different options for multi-day backpacking trips, the entire trail, or either of the smaller eastern or western loops, there are also opportunities for day hikes. Circuit hikes include those around Cranberry Swamp and Little Beaver. Two other popular circuit hikes that include parts of the Chuck Keiper Trail are the Eddy Lick and Yost Run circuit hikes.