Conestoga Trail Loop

#1 of 2 trails in Susquehannock State Park

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Good Views of the Susquehanna and Wildlife

This Trail is part of a "cross-county" trail system in Lancaster County. The trail system connects the Mason Dixon trail to the Trail in the north. The area i have detailed here, is one of the sections that is still located in wooded areas. most of the trail crosses through neighborhoods, and main streets. However, this section includes about a mile of hiking on railroad tracks. This out and back section does take you up a steep hill to overlooks of the river, and a nice crossing of the Tucquan Creek. This section of the trail is an up and down hike through the creek valleys back to the tracks, and back up to the Pinnacle overlook. If you plan to hike this, definetly pick up a trail system map at the overlook, and keep eyes open for the orange blazes.

The Trailhead I used was located at the Pinnacle Overlook. This overlook itself is worth coming for! To get here, you must take route 372 W. to River Road. At River Rd. turn right until you come to Pinnacle Rd. Follow Pinnacle Rd. to its end, park and look for the Orange Blazes off the left of the Overlook.

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wanted to add, The Lancaster Hiking club maintains the Conestoga trail. Here is a link to there website, with maps and descriptions.

http://lancasterhikingclub.angelfire.com/ctshistory.html

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The last 8 miles of the Conestoga trail is the best part of the trail if you like "backcountry" type hiking. My wife and I use it to train for our bigger backpacking trips. It's never too crowded and gives a good mix of rocks, streams, ups and downs. We hike with our two girls, 5 and 7, and they can do it with a little help on the rock climbing sections.

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The Conestoga can be accessed from Kellys Run, Tuquon Glen, House Rock, and Reeds Run Trails. My favorite sections are from Safe Harbor to Holtwood near PA 372. Not to far from Safe Harbor is a huge labyrinth of caves, the trail meanders through a section. Continuing south there is a chestnut tree farm near House Rock, but you have to veer about 50 yds off the trail. The section near Pinnacle has recently opened for rock climbing and it is a strenuous climb here, better to go up than down this section. The ridge views make this a great hike in early winter or early spring. I have seen bobcat on this trail. The trail is well marked with orange blazes.

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