Mason-Dixon Trail

The 30-mile section of the Mason-Dixon Trail designated as National Recreation Trail is a hiking trail that follows the lower Susquehanna River Gorge from Wrightsville to the Norman Wood bridge.

photo: Saw Mill Run Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith. Type: Backcountry
Length: 30.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: York County Pa, along the Susquehanna River from Wrightsville to Norman Wood Bridge, Follows west shore of Susquehanna River from Wrightsville to State Route 372 bridge.
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: York
Latitude: 39.8876886505649   Longitude: -76.3872535005595

Otter Creek Campground 1101 Furnace Road ~ Airville, PA 17302
Shank's Mare 2092 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368
Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, 1706 Long Level Rd. / Wrightsville, PA 17368.
Wildernest , 161 Roherstown Rd. Lancaster PA 17603

Description

The Mason-Dixon Trail was originally built in the early 1980s. It is 193 mile long and is in three states, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. One end connects to the Appalachian Trail. The other end connects to the Brandywine Trail. The Conestoga Trail comes across the Norman Wood Bridge to connect to the Mason-Dixon Trail. Work has continued since the 1980s to move the trail off of the roads and to improve the tread way.

The trail has been built and is maintained entirely by volunteers. Last year, 829 hours were performed in Pennsylvania maintaining the trail and building relocations.

The section of the Mason-Dixon Trail in this application follows the Susquehanna River Gorge with beautiful views, and deep ravines with waterfalls. The section being recommended as a National Recreation Trail starts at Lockwood Rd south of Wrightsville and ends at the Lock 12 parking lot next to the Norman Wood Bridge (PA Rt. 372).

The trail is a built hiking trail with major (>500 ft) climbs and descents. There are spots on the trail that remind one of the National Parks. In addition there are multiple bald eagle nests visible from the trail. It is asked that people stay on the trail and do not disturb the eagles when they are sitting on the nests.

Map sets are sold by the Mason-Dixon Trail System, and different retail stores.

Historic sites include parts of the canal that went from the Chesapeake Bay to Wrightsville. The archeological sites of two Native American Villages are on the route. Also, remains of the locks and hotels along the canal are visible. A National Recreation Water Trail also follows this section of the river.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 180
Elevation High Point: 720
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: http://www.mason-dixontrail.org/
Website: Mason-Dixon Trail web page from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mason-Dixon Trail System, Inc
309 Bank Hill Rd.
Wrightsville , PA 17368
(717) 252-3784
j.e.hooper@ieee.org
http://www.masondixontrail.org

 

Photos

 Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Photo by Carl M. Smith.

On the trail. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

On the trail. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Beaver activity. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Beaver activity. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Saw Mill Run bridge repair crew. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Saw Mill Run bridge repair crew. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Cecil County. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Cecil County. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Cuff's Run trail relocation. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Cuff's Run trail relocation. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Urey Overlook. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Urey Overlook. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Susquehanna Bridge from Green Branch. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Susquehanna Bridge from Green Branch. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Site of last Susquehannock Indian Village. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Site of last Susquehannock Indian Village. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Fishing Creek Climb. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Fishing Creek Climb. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Mill in Susquehanna State Park. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Mill in Susquehanna State Park. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Lock and Lock House at Harve de Grace. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Lock and Lock House at Harve de Grace. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Installing bridge at Elk Neck State Forest. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Installing bridge at Elk Neck State Forest. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

John Wright Store & Restaurant. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

John Wright Store & Restaurant. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Murphy's Hollow Section. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Murphy's Hollow Section. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

 

Saw Mill Run Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

Saw Mill Run Bridge. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

High Point Sign. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

High Point Sign. Photo by Carl M. Smith.

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