Fred Woods Trail & Bucktail Overlook

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Nicknamed "Top of the World" by locals, make a stop at the Bucktail Overlook for one of the PA Wild's most stunning views, before heading on to hike the nearby Fred Woods Trail. (Photo by: Jeff Krause)

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Stop for the View

Top of the World

Nicknamed "Top of the World" by locals, the Bucktail Overlook from atop Mason Hill in Elk State Forest offers one of the most stunning views in the PA Wilds. (Photo by: Jeff Krause)

Hiking the Fred Woods Trail


Located nearby the Bucktail Overlook, the Fred Woods Trail is 4.57 miles long and marked in yellow paint. The trail includes incredible rock formations and two stunning vistas along the way. To find the trail, head west on route 555 from Driftwood and turn right onto Mason Hill Road. Go 2.75 miles on Mason Hill Road and the trail head will be on your left and the parking will be on your right. Tips from PA Great Outdoors: “People bothered by tight spaces should be wary of the Rock Loop. Wear your hiking shoes -- portions of the trail are rocky.” Caution - please remain alert while hiking; there are rattlesnakes along the Fred Woods Trail.