Just the name Hearts Content invokes a peaceful, quiet feeling. Indeed, a short walk among the giant hemlocks, beeches, and pines in this lush area of Allegheny National Forest is soothing. Some of the trees here are 400 years old, a remnant of virgin timber that was donated to the federal government in the mid 1920s by a logging company. Now part of a 120-acre scenic area, Hearts Content is designated a National Natural Landmark. This interpretive trail has signs, interpretive displays, and fenced-off demonstration plots along the route that explain the composition of the aging forest and how it is changing as a result of influences from deer. There is a picnic area at the trailhead, a campground across the street, and other trails nearby leading into Hickory Creek Wilderness Area and to cross-country ski trails.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||100 ft|
|Duration||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Season||Spring through fall|
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