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Deer Creek Trail to Susquehanna Ridge Trail Loop

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


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5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

Loop

261' 79 m

High

14' 4 m

Low

619' 189 m

Up

621' 189 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joe Scalies

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Photos

Interesting tree about 1.5 miles from the parking area located on the Green Trail.
May 8, 2016 near Aberdeen, MD
Looking north from the Susquehanna River towards Conewingo Dam.
May 8, 2016 near Havre d…, MD
Fiddleheads along the trail
Apr 13, 2020 near Aberdeen, MD
Vines entwining a tree
Apr 13, 2020 near Aberdeen, MD
A rocky area on the connector trail between the ridge trail and the greenway trail in Susquehanna park
Jan 4, 2020 near Havre d…, MD

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Jun 8, 2019
Deborah W
Dec 10, 2018
Marshall Steffes
Found a feather 6mi
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
6mi
Sep 5, 2017
Karl J
Aug 14, 2017
William Harris
5.5mi
Jun 25, 2017
Jeff Keister
Green and Red Trails.