Stone Valley Vista Loop

A classic trail run from Greenwood Furnace with spectacular views from Stone Valley Vista.

Trail Running Moderate

7.2 km
289 m
289 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
322 m
High Point
582 m
Stone Valley Vista Loop Map

Located near Greenwood Furnace State Park, and along the final few miles of the Standing Stone Trail, visiting the Stone Valley Vista on foot is one of the classic short runs in the area. It's an excellent choice if you're visiting Greenwood Furnace, or a great day trip if you find yourself in the area. The PA DCNR even boasts the park as one of the "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks," and a lake stocked with trout draws in visitors year-round.


According to Wikipedia, Greenwood Furnace began as a historic iron-making center, though a ghost town is all that remains of the community. Prior, the region was inhabited by the Juniata tribe, which translates to The People of the Standing Stone, the article continues. The iron furnace, which you can still visit to this day, began operations in the 1830s, and was later followed by sawmill - and even a tavern. A tree nursery operated through most of the 1900s, producing as many as three million seedlings per year during its peak in the 70s and 80s.

Following old logging roads from the 1800s, most of this run is moderately difficult compared to the rest of Rothrock. Restrooms and potable water are available within the park, and the campground offers 50 sites, most with an electric hookup. Hunting grouse, squirrel, deer, and turkey is permitted in the park, and ice fishing draws in visitors during the winter.




Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between March and November

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