Mason-Dixon Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Mason-Dixon Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Airville, PA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.5 miles 2084 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Following the blue-blazed trail, this hike begins at the historic Lock 12 of the Susquehanna Canal then heads south for a quick loop on Peavine Island. Access to Peavine Island is seasonable and a section of the trail can at times be under water. If this is the case, continue heading north on the blue-blazed trail back under the Norman Wood (blue) bridge along the Susquehanna River. The trail then turns left to River Road by an old saw mill. Cross over the bridge and take an immediate left to head up Mill Run. Enjoy the beautiful waterfall views surrounded by rhododendron with a gradual incline. When the trail begins to head right and you see a fork, take the right and use the switchbacks to climb up the trail towards the power lines. Great views of the Susquehanna River, the Norman Wood Bridge, Holtwood Hydroelectric Plant, and Lake Aldred along this stretch with two overlooks.

3 months ago

We did 3 miles of this trail and saw the waterfalls.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

For being the day after a hard rain, it was humid but the shade helped. First time there and we tried that island loop south of the bridge. Saw several downed trees on trail. Seemed sparsely used but great views and awesome rock formations plus incredibly still-standing stoneworks that are +/- 200 years old. Canal Lock 12 is a must-see. We then went a short hike up the M-D trail north of the bridge and made that first left turn. It climbs a beautiful stream valley complete with beautiful falls all the way down. Look like some great pools you can easily wade in and cool off. We'll definitely be back and check out the full upstream Mason-Dixon system.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail and marked really well

7 months ago

hiking
3 years ago

FREE park enterence.

HIKE DESCRIPTION: Following the blue-blazed trail, this hike begins at the historic Lock 12 of the Susquehanna Canal then heads south for a quick loop on Peavine Island. Access to Peavine Island is seasonable and a section of the trail can at times be under water. If this is the case, continue heading north on the blue-blazed trail back under the Norman Wood (blue) bridge along the Susquehanna River. The trail then turns left to River Road by an old saw mill. Cross over the bridge and take an immediate left to head up Mill Run. Enjoy the beautiful waterfall views surrounded by rhododendron with a gradual incline. When the trail begins to head right and you see a fork, take the right and use the switchbacks to climb up the trail towards the power lines. Great views of the Susquehanna River, the Norman Wood Bridge, Holtwood Hydroelectric Plant, and Lake Aldred along this stretch with two overlooks. Cross the power lines and head down back to River road and continue north until the next trail marker is seen on the left towards Oakland Run. This is a large loop with the turnaround point at a lovely and isolated perfect camping spot. Continue on the blue-blazed trail to return home.