Located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, is a place of great natural beauty. The Seven Tubs Natural Area features the chasms, slides, and potholes carved by Wheelbarrow Run. Over the eons, this small stream has flowed over the sloping bedrock, slowly carving its way down, creating a truly unique place. In places, the chasm is so narrow, you can almost step across it. Ledges and cliffs reach over the tubs, concealing them in the shadows below. The Seven Tubs Natural Area is hike no. 18 in Hiking the Endless Mountains.
We began by hiking up an unblazed, eroded trail on the east side of the chasm. We carefully hiked along the ledges to peer into the gorge below with its waterslides and sculpted pools. The trail followed a steel staircase down to the water and then we followed the trail down the west side of the chasm. We passed the footbridge and began the hike up along Laurel Run, which is just as beautiful with waterfalls, slides and more pools. Along the way we passed several pink lady slippers. This is a wonderful stream-side hike. It was also great to see a lot of hikers on the trail.
The trail then followed a small tributary with some waterslides and then we hiked along a ridge away from the streams. We descended back to the tubs, hiked back to the footbridge we bypassed initially, and returned to the car.
This hike is fairly easy with no big climbs and it offers a lot of scenery. This loop is less than three miles in length. It is a good hike for children as it offers so much to interest them, but keep a close eye on the kids around the tubs.
Location of the trailhead to hike the Seven Tubs.