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An alternative to the Appalachian Trail, the 252-mile Tuscarora Trail traverses four states, including Pennsylvania.

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9.8

Miles

15.8

KM

Point to Point

2,451' 747 m

High

1,222' 372 m

Low

1,779' 542 m

Up

1,076' 328 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Cowan's Gap State Park campground with lake.

Description

The Bird Run Shelter looks nearly new with a clean composting toilet -- clearly doesn't get much use. It is about 6 miles to Cowan's Gap State Park, where you can catch a shower, go for a swim, relax on the sandy beach, refill water bottles, and eat a meal at the concession. Immediately exiting the parking lot headed south, the trail crosses the road and climbs about 600 feet.

It is roughly 5 miles to the The Big Mountain Shelter, which again appears relatively clean and rarely used. The fire pit is surrounded by large stones skillfully arranged like furniture and a spring fills a small pond about 200 yards to the south. About 0.75 miles uphill is the Big Mountain overlook, which is a spectacular site to catch a sunrise or gaze at the stars. The hang gliding ramps at Route 30, about 3 to 4 miles further, provide a scenic view to the west.

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Big Mountain Shelter on the Tuscarora Trail (stone reclining chairs)
Aug 13, 2019 near McConne…, PA
Viewing the sunrise from the Big Mountain overlook
Aug 13, 2019 near McConne…, PA
Hang Gliding Ramp with view to the west
Aug 13, 2019 near McConne…, PA

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