Conestoga Trail: Holtwood to Pequea

MODERATE 28 reviews

Conestoga Trail: Holtwood to Pequea is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Holtwood, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4465 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Good Views of the Susquehanna and Wildlife This Trail is part of a "cross-county" trail system in Lancaster County. The trail system connects the Mason Dixon trail to the north. This section includes about a mile of hiking on railroad tracks. This out and back section does take you up a steep hill to overlooks of the river, and a nice crossing of the Tucquan Creek. This section of the trail is an up and down hike through the creek valleys back to the tracks, and back up to the Pinnacle overlook. If you plan to hike this, definitely pick up a trail system map at the overlook, and keep eyes open for the orange blazes.

hiking
22 days 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

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1 month ago

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

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hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

backpacking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

hiking
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.