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.

This is a very difficult hike but the views were amazing .This was my longest hike ever and I will do it again . I have no complaints at all .

I did this trail with another person and we parked one car at one end and another car at the other end. I really kicked our butts. Make sure you bring the necessary supplies. There are plenty of water sources along the path. Lots of hills but nothing too difficult.

Four words: this trail is HARD. The views and setting are awesome, but the trail is not moderate by a stretch, unless one hikes the Colorado Rockies or the like on a regular basis. I started out at 5:30 am at the parking area for Kelly’s Run trail (Holtwood), and ended at the Pequea Boat Club parking lot and pier (Pequea) before returning — the entire course, plus. I hiked about 17.5 miles total, of which about 12 miles were recorded. Water is definitely an issue and that’s another reason why this course should not be rated “moderate”. I agree that you will likely run out of water, as another reviewer posted. But, It’s everywhere! Next time I will take purification tablets (Katadyn Micropur) and/or a water filter (Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter). You can refill along Tucquan Creek and several other places. Otherwise, people may have to help you out, like they did for me.

The course is well marked, but often in inconspicuous locations. Sometimes you will have to look around carefully for the markings. And, although it can be used for trail running, I don’t recommend it on the initial visit, especially if you’ve never been here before. I think the trail is intended more so for hiking. There are so many angled slopes, dips, quick turns, and sharp inclines and declines that you will run right by the markings the first time out, going off course and having to double back again and again. After doing this several times, I realized about 2-3 miles in that I needed to hike first, look around carefully to learn where the markings were, and determine where the trail was going.

Hiking this trail in spring-summer is an insect-a-thon — spiders, mosquitoes, gnats, and other critters. You will be sweating and swatting the whole way. Waterproof repellent worked fine for me, no bites. The return from Pinnacle Overlook back to Holtwood is a very strenuous workout, and that’s just hiking. Be prepared for that as well.

Finally, the part of the trail along Tucquan Creek is almost otherworldly, reminds me of some of the trails back in Hawaii. The views are spectacular, peaceful and natural, and yet adventurous, making for an awesome hike.

2 months ago

On a good day at the top during migration times, raptors swooping everywhere! Rhododendron trail is (or at least was) poorly marked, but my kids found it entertaining to get a litttle lost!

Fantastic rock scramble and climb.

Beautiful hike very remote. Be prepared for some strenuous uphill climbs,however they are not very long.
The graph at the bottom of the map shows you everything you need to know about the difficulty. Very nice and secluded.

There are no words to describe how difficult this trail is. I can't imagine how this trail got a moderate rating as there is nothing moderate about it. We started at Holtwood with the goal of ending at Pequea before heading back but by the time we got to House Rocks we new we were risking running out of water (we each had a GALLON of water with us) and not getting back to Holtwood before dark. This trail consists of nothing more than continuous steep steep uphill climbs and equally steep, slippery difficult downhill hill climbs. There are some great views/overlooks, several stream crossings, and lots of rock climbing. There are several parts of the trial that were difficult to follow (finding the orange blazes weren't always easy to find). This is not a trail for the new or inexperienced hiker and the difficulty rating should definitely be changed to HARD!!

Loved the view at the top of Pinnacle Overlook with large predatory birds flying overhead. The trail itself is amazing too with a large stream and small waterfalls at many spots.

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11 months ago

This trail is great, we also did Rhododendron Trail which was amazing. Park map has that trail, need to add to AllTrails.

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11 months ago

Would start earlier in the morning if we were able to. We started up at the top of the Conestoga trail in Martic Forge and went south before having lunch and turning around at House Rock Overlook. Moderately challenging ups and downs. You can find a great topo map of the trail with distances to each of the milestones here: http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id149.html

Loved it! Beautiful scenery and varied terrain. Got my heart pumping. Will definitely do it again

Monday, February 20, 2017

Awesome day for one of our favorite trail locations

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This was a nice hike. Easy. Not well marked but still great trails.

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.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nice short trail with beautiful scenic views of the Susquehanna River

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

One of the best yet.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

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!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

i absolutely love this trail. i just started hiking last year so some sections of this trail were hard for me. it is well marked. the section between River Road and the Pequea Boat Club is the easiest and gorgeous year round.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Nice trail. The rhododendron trail had some fairly steep ups and downs and not surprisingly a ton of rhododendrons. Hoping to return when they're in full bloom.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

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.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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.

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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Monday, November 11, 2013

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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Thursday, October 10, 2013

I did most of the trails in this state park. The views are gorgeous. If your up for a strenuous hike. Check out the northern trails. Southern trails are flat.

on Hawk Point Trail

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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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1 month ago

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