Conestoga Trail: Holtwood to Pequea

MODERATE 34 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.

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14 days ago

1 month ago

Fantastic rock scramble and climb.

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1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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!!

2 months ago

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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3 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

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3 months ago

4 months ago

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

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