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Mason Dixon Trail: Lock 12 Shuttle

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Length

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


Elevation

993' 303 m

Ascent

-446' -136 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

714' 218 m

High

148' 45 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 80 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees - A few fallen trees.whoever takes care of this trail does a good job. History

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A quiet hike with views of the Susquehanna River.

Liz Stevens

Overview [Suggest Changes]

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.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Waterfall [Add/Remove]
Family Friendly: Not sure if little kids could handle the whole trail, but they would enjoy the first stretch to the waterfall.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

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.

Description [Suggest Changes]

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.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Many different types of plants, including a bamboo tunnel to hike through.

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Sep 2, 2017
Kurt Y
It was a great hike. We hiked it backwards. the beginning (end) grassy truck route is a bit difficult to trek back up. there are a couple hair pi... 4.5mi
Apr 9, 2017
Rebecca L

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