The 224-acre Susquehannock State Park is on a wooded plateau overlooking the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County. Besides the awesome view, the park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for year-round fun.
It was a beautiful trail, but extremely technical in some places if you "follow the blazes." We hiked from face rock overlook to the backpacking campsite at Reeds run and deviate from the orange and it was REALLY TOUGH. a lot of up and over rocks, and sometimes tough to see the blazes, especially around the river areas. Having a 25lb pack made it a little more challenging.
This is a great trail with nice overlooks of the Susquehanna river. The trail along the Tucquan creek and Kelly's run is so beautiful with lots of cascading water falls. I consider the Conestoga trail as moderate with several strenuous spots. This is one of my favorite trails and my "go-to" when I want a good work out.
Brandon R. on Conestoga Trail
One of the best yet.
We took the overlook trail to the rhododendron trail to the fire trail. The rhododendron trail was very difficult and consisted of many steep hills. This trail had some poor marking spots that took some figuring out which way to go. I suggest staying away from this trail unless your a very experienced hiker and are wearing proper hiking shoes, because you will slip in regular tennis shoes. The other trails were great though and I'll definitely go back!
There is parking at the ball fields along with bathrooms and running water. We hiked in from this parking area and circled the park using the Overlook Trail, the Fire Trail, the Holly Trail and the Spring Trail. This loop was about 2.5 miles. The trails are very well marked, and even display the level of difficulty a the trail head. The two overlooks are the main attraction.
We started at Pinnacle and made our way down to Tucquan Glen to enjoy the creek (this direction is a steep downhill and then mostly gradual uphill till you get to the creek.. Then headed back to Pinnacle, which was mostly downhill to flat and much easier until the steep climb to enjoy the sunset at the overlook. Great trail for exercise and some really nice views along the way. Next time we will try the Tucquan Glenn loop in combo.
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.
Erin D. on Hawk Point Trail
Great view of the Susquehanna River from the overlook, a lot of hawks and other wildlife can be seen at and from this point! Great place to have a picnic since there are plenty tables around. There is a winding road a little bit away that takes you to the mouth of the river where you can launch your boat, kayak, or other water mobile from. Just an overall great little way to spend a few hours!
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.