OPEN HOURS for Hikers. All public hiking trails in the Arc of Appalachia as listed below are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset EXCEPT for closures during winter hunting season, and special visitation hours for the Appalachian Forest Museum and Trailhead, located at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Please read complete regulations before visiting.  Be sure to read each region's safety notices and download each destination's trail maps and trailhead directions before setting out. Most Arc trails do not permit dogs due to natural area dedication. There are exceptions: Click here for a complete list of dog-friendly trails

Hiking Trails are open sunrise to sunset year-round, weather permitting.  
Click here for special closings during winter hunting season for deer management.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted. ​

Notice: There are no road signs to guide you to the parking area. Plum Run has an unusually high number of chiggers and ticks, including lone star ticks, especially from mid-July through mid August. Staying on trail will minimize contact. We also highly recommend using insect repellent on your socks and shoes. A natural option is spraying with rose geranium oil diluted 1:4 with alcohol. Please hike at your own risk and do thorough tick checks after hiking.


Allegheny Mound Trail – 1.3 Mile Loop

Difficulty – Easy

Description: The trail travels along a mowed path with moderate undulating hills in a mostly open prairie landscape. It winds its way through a native tall grass prairie filled with prairie flowers, butterflies, and colorful native grasses, continually changing as the seasons progress. The rolling landscape offers picturesque scenery of the Appalachian foothills of the region. The impressive dwellings of the Allegheny Mound Builder Ants can be seen along the trail, building large conical mounds that can be up to 3 feet tall and 10 feet wide!

Plum Run Loop – 1.1 Mile Loop

Difficulty – Easy

Description: This trails travels along a mowed path with moderate undulating hills in a mostly prairie landscape, with a section of the trail into a cedar glade and wooded hillside along the Plum Run stream. The trail meanders through a high quality tall grass prairie, cedar glades, and rich woodlands. Each season offers a different array of wildflowers to be seen, both in the prairies and the woodlands. The trail also meanders along a stretch of the scenic Plum Run stream, with many small classic dolomite limestone outcrops covered in mosses, ferns, and flowers.