Mason-Dixon Trail: Susquehanna State Park to Broad Creek

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Broad Creek Park

Mason-Dixon Trail: Susquehanna State Park to Broad Creek is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Havre de Grace, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length10.7 miElevation gain1,371 ftRoute typePoint to point
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C Sheppard
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.7 of the hike was recorded in error. Only hiked 3 miles.

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B Bradley
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Great trail but very busy and lots of maskless people.

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Julie Tittel
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Hiking

broad creek landing to glen cove marina was about 3.5 tough miles (one way).

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Steve Carlyle
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6 mile Out & Back along the Susquehanna River

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jamie batts
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this end was far easier than the broad creek side. only made it 2.5 miles in and had to turn around bc of time. will be back

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jamie batts
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started at broad creek side, pretty tough hike. we only had a few hours so only got a little ways down and had to turn around. will def do the whole thing when I have more time.

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Clifford Harris
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Mavic Inan Wanit
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Thomas Reier
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Megan Roles
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Very well maintained. We started on the back end, the hilly end, and did 5 miles out then turned around and went back. VERY CHALLENGING. Great hike

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Kate Creswell
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much rockier and steeper inclines and descents than most other trails on Susquehanna. Very strenuous and tough on my knees. Broad Creek to Glen Cove Marina, pretty but hard for me

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Todd Fisher
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Todd Fisher
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barb gelder
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HikingGreat!

Parked at the Conowingo Visitor center. Ended up walking 6.8 miles to Broadcreek. Excellent hike with lots of steep hills - some strenuous. Trail was cleared of leaves except on other side of marina. Found the old country road interesting. Will do the hike again

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Dan Boehm
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Great section of the M-DTS. The trail is very well marked and maintained. Very easy to navigate. Beautiful scenery too.

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Guido G
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We hiked in a big group and wanted to combine this hike with a visit to the dam to watch the bald eagles. The plan was to meet in the parking lot of the dam on Shures Landing Rd and then shuttle half the cars to the start point of the hike in Broad Creek Park. However, by 9am the parking lot was packed and a guard told us to park in Susquehanna State Park. We ended up parking on Shuresville Rd. (off Rt. 1) near the trail and left half the cars there. We drove the other cars north and parked on Paddrick Rd. (just across 623) where there is a large parking lot for at least 30 cars. It seemed someone had used a leaf blower to clear leaves off the trail. Now and then leaves covered the trail (especially after the Glen Cove marina) but on most of the trail it was easy to see the roots and rocks. The hike was very hilly (with many ascends and descends) and some in our group had issues with that but for most of us it was an excellent workout. We ended up doing 8 miles. The trail is well marked and you cannot really get lost, except near the Glen Cove marina. After stopping there for a short break (they had 3 outdoor tables near a wonderful stream), we had problems finding the trail again. We saw some blue markers near the picnic tables and thought incorrectly that this would be the trail. You actually need to go past the restrooms and walk towards a house. Well before the house there is a white pole where the trail starts again. Don’t walk too far down the driveway! We were shouted at that we were on private property. The trail had a bit of everything: narrow single tracks, beautiful views of the river, lush green meadows, lots of beautiful trees and many nice stream crossings. Watching the bald eagles afterwards was icing on the cake! We left most of the cars where we had parked them originally but some drove the cars to the parking lot that by now had some free spaces. Most of us walked down the hill which was actually a nice short hike. We learned that the best time to watch the bald eagles catch fish is when the dam is opened. An opening was scheduled for 4pm that day, so after eating something in a nearby restaurant some of us went back and snapped some incredible pictures of the bald eagles.

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Clifford Harris
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David Schulman
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Dianna Rogers
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Bevin Gorin
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Trail today was slick from rain and fresh leaves. We hiked from the grist mill at Rock Run to Broad Creek Public Landing. There is public free parking at both ends of this section. All Trails says it is 10.7 miles but we clocked it at almost 12 miles. Took us about 6.5 hours with a few rest stops and lunch. Some of the trail after Glen Cove Marina gets pretty rocky so be careful! Glen Cove Marina was a lovely rest stop for lunch with clean and warm restrooms, picnic tables with umbrellas and very cute seasonal decor all around. Soda vending machine available here. Trail is very well marked all thru this section. Look out for the cowbells!

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Terry Thomas
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Hiked backwards from Broad Creek to Susquehanna. Great views and very well blazed. With the exception of 1 hiker and 1 hunter we saw no one on the trail until Fisherman's Park, until that point trail was quiet and peaceful. Most sections were single trail and a few quite rocky but easily passable as long as care was taken to footing. Stopped for a snack and rest at Scenic Point just before circling Glen Cove Marina then trudged on the last couple miles to the connection with the Heritage Trail. Last 3 miles welcomed a flat easy hike to end the day. Trail is labeled moderate which is the case for most of it but there were several climbs and descents I would label as hard/difficult and recommend skilled hikers only.

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Richard Gentry
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Road biking

So the first three miles are a rail trail with nice views of the river, then damn, a dam. Interesting location right below a working hydro electric dam. There is a single track trail from the parking lot that steeply climbs up to the road then crosses the road as more of a hiking trail than a bike trail. Unless maybe if hard single track is what you are looking for. We turned back.

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Brian P.
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Bob Jacobs
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Clifford Harris
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Uphill part of trail has a few trees down but you can still navigate.

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Jeffrey Bowcock
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C Sheppard
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Awesome

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C Sheppard
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Awesome trail. We started at the Conowingo Dam and hiked for a little over 2 1/2 miles before we headed back. Some very nice views of Susquehanna and nice change of scenery along the way.

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