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Deer Creek Trail to Susquehanna Ridge Trail Loop

 4.0 (2)


5.5 Miles 8.9 Kilometers

619' 189 m


-621' -189 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (14°)

261' 79 m


14' 4 m


Shared By Joe Scalies


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Deer Creek Trail to North Susquehanna Ridge Trail to Rock Run Mill and back to the start.

Joe Scalies

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Features River/Creek · Views

Trails are open from dawn to dusk.


This route takes hikers on first the Deer Creek Trail, then the North Susquehanna Ridge Trail, before heading back along Rock Run Rd, then Stafford Road takes visitors back to the start. Expect some steep ascents and descents.

Need to Know

There is a bathroom with water fountain at the end of the Deer Creek Picnic Area, approximately 2.3 miles in. After around 3.5 miles there's a creek crossing that may be difficult if it's been raining earlier in the day.


There's parking available in the vicinity of Stafford Rd and Craig's Corner Rd. From the parking area, the Deer Creek Trail picks up on the right side of Stafford Rd just past the bridge, but don't go over the bridge. The trail steadily rises for about the first mile and a half before leveling off and descending to the Deer Creek Picnic area where the trail meets the North Susquehanna Ridge Trail.

The first mile of the Susquehanna Ridge Trail again ascends until it sharply descends down to a creek crossing at about mile 3.5. Once across the creek, make a left at the road and follow that to Rock Run Road, Stafford Rd and Rock Run Mill.

At the intersection of Stafford Road is another bathroom, and historic Rock Run Mill, along with views of the Susquehanna River. The last mile and a half is mostly flat road.

History & Background

There are remains of the rail system that was used to supply the construction of the Conewingo Dam. These can be found running parallel to the Susquehanna River.


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Aug 25, 2018
Richard King
Great hike. The views of the Susquehanna would be perfect in the autumn when some of the leaves fall. 6mi
Mar 18, 2018
Christian Nickel
Mar 18, 2018
Duncan Hughes
Sep 5, 2017
Karl J
Aug 14, 2017
William Harris
Jun 25, 2017
Jeff Keister
Green and Red Trails.
Jan 21, 2017
Andrew McNatt
Sep 11, 2016
Patricia Wharton
The Champion Beech is beautiful. The creek crossing was relatively easy as we haven't had much rain. 5.5mi — 10h 00m

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A bit slippery when wet, or muddy, and the creek crossing was "fun". We chose to walk along the old railroad tracks, and liked the historical placards about tolls, flint for porcelain, and the big tree. There is only a part of the Susquehanna Ridge that is "black diamond", and I wasn't sure why. Steep, muddy, some roots. Lovely views from the top of the Susq Ridge part. Mar 18, 2018

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