Tucquan Glen Loop

#1 of 3 trails in Holtwood Recreation Park

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Family and dog-friendly loop hike mostly along a beautiful stream

Although this is a loop hike, I strongly suggest beginning with the left or lower side of the loop. This will keep the stream on your right side the entire hike. You'll begin by crossing a small stream on a bridge - to the left of the Tucquan Glen sign.

It's an easy hike with part of it along an old logging road. Follow the blue blazes. You'll pass the remains of an old homestead. The gorge will narrow as you get closer to the halfway point and you'll have some beautiful waterfalls over huge rocks.

At the halfway point you'll reach the railroad tracks. Turn right along the tracks and cross the bridge over Tuquan Creek. After another 100 feet or so the trail will head sharply uphill on the right. The stream will be out of sight for the first third of the return trip but the trail returns to it soon.

From Lancaster take Prince Street south through town to where Rte. 324 splits off. Follow Rte. 324 until it meets River Road. Turn left (South) along River road approximately 2 miles to the Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve sign on the right.

Conversely you can get there by following River Road South from Columbia. Tuquan Glen is located between Pequea and Holtwood.

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One of our favorite hikes. The stream keeps the kids interested and it's a perfect length for our 6 and 8 yo's. They wear bathing suits and water shoes and "hike the stream."

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awesome hike. great for kids.excellent scenery

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I love this trail. The markings were questionable in some spots, but backtracking was enjoyable. I have 12 year old twin girls and a 5 year old lab that loved this trail as well. They loved walking through the stream. We went on a holiday weekend and the small parking area was overly full. So pretty and very shady. A perfect family hike for those that are physically capable. It's not a rail trail and definitely not flat. No special gear is needed though, just shoes that have traction.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We tried to visit these trail on the 4th of July and it was CLOSED due to construction.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I really loved this trail. Many places to go into the creek which is great for kids or hot summer days. I was going to bring my 7 year old and watch her closely, as going back up the trail is a little technical. I would not recommend it for smaller kids. Watch for road closings, we went to hike it yesterday and Water Road was closed in this area so we had to hike another trail.

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10 Completed 1 Reviews

I'm in love with this area! Gets pretty crowded if you stay on the beaten path but if you stay high and take it to the tracks go up the steep trail,it'll take you to some awesome rocks/cliffs/caves.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful trail. Waterfalls, river, railroad. Southern York counties best kept trail secret.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful loop along a falling stream from trailhead down to the train tracks along the Susquehanna river. Moderate difficulty regards some rocking footing, but a non-strenous hike overall. The rolling stream really is the highlight of the hike. Take the shoes off and get the feet wet.

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awesome, stretching the definition of waterfall though

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First hike of the year as a family loved it good work out.

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