“A quiet hike with views of the Susquehanna River.
— Liz Stevens
Be aware this area is open to hunting.
This is an intermediate hike that follows a portion of the much longer Mason Dixon Trail over rolling terrain along the Susquehanna River. The blue blazes that mark the trail are usually easy to find, but at a few spots can be hard to spot. There are steep climbs, descents, and boulder scrambles throughout the trail. Two stream crossings will need to be conquered, fortunately, a mix of rocks and logs make it easier.
The obstacles are well worth the trouble as this is a particularly nice section featuring woods, a waterfall, and several good viewpoints over the river and the dam to the north.
Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Waterfall
Family Friendly: Not sure if little kids could handle the whole trail, but they would enjoy the first stretch to the waterfall.
To hike this as a shuttle, park the first car at the Stage Game Lands 181 Parking area off of Posey Road and then drive the second car to the Lock 12 Parking Area.
Soon after leaving the parking area, the trail passes the remnants of an old sawmill. Ahead, the singletrack crosses over the River Road to climb to a tree-lined alcove where a cheerful waterfall cascades away. This is a good spot to turn around if traveling with young hikers.
Otherwise, the singletrack follows the rolling terrain through the shaded woods until it briefly overlaps a gravel road a few miles ahead. After the road, hikers are rewarded with a bamboo tunnel that hangs low over the trail.
Look for a large clearing after the second stream crossing. This makes a great spot to relax and enjoy a snack or lunch before finishing the final gradual climb of the hike.
Many different types of plants, including a bamboo tunnel to hike through.