Rattlesnake Swamp Trail

A map of the trails in the Mohican Outdoor Center Area
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail travels through the Delaware Water Gap and up onto the Kittatinny Ridge.

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trail with lush vegetation and trees around it
Rattlesnake Swamp Trail

Length: 2.6 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Easy-moderate
Blaze: Orange
Elevation Change: 312 feet
Trailhead Location: directions to Rattlesnake Swamp trailhead, next to Trails End Lodge at the Mohican Outdoor Center (GPS 41.089237,-75.006366)

This trail is great to enjoy as a loop with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. From the Mohican Outdoor Center, a short trail connects to the main Rattlesnake Swamp Trail. A left turn onto the main trail leads by Catfish Pond, where evidence of beaver activity is abundant. As the trail continues, numerous small stream crossings and the Rattlesnake Swamp can make this trail very wet. This swampy environment provides a plethora of interesting plant life and an interesting contrast to the dry rocky environment seen elsewhere along Kittatinny Ridge. The trail terminates at the Appalachian Trail; turn right to loop back to the Mohican Outdoor Center. This section of the Appalachian Trail provides great views into the valley below. The Catfish Fire Tower is a popular spot to have a picnic while enjoying the view. After 1.4 miles on the Appalachian Trail, the other end of Rattlesnake Swamp Trail intersects the trail. Turn right for the half-mile hike back to the Mohican Outdoor Center. Despite the name, rattlesnake encounters are no more likely than along the Kittatinny Ridge.

Other Information: restrooms are located at Mohican Outdoor Center

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Last updated: April 20, 2023

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