Mason-Dixon Trail

HARD 52 reviews

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

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1981 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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28 days ago

Beautiful trail and great workout!

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1 month ago

A fantastic trail! We hiked about 3/4 of it before we turned back (had to beat the school bus home). It was definitely challenging in sections, but rewarding! There was something interesting and beautiful to see around every corner. We ran into a few volunteers clearing fallen trees in preparation for an event in early September--clearly the trail has some devoted caretakers. It was mostly shaded, with some level areas, and plenty of steep climbing up and down. Fairly rocky paths (we like that), sometimes very narrow. Well-marked. A couple excellent outlooks. Will be fantastic views after the leaves have fallen. Just a few tips: It rained a few days ago and some of the rocks were still very slippery, so be extra careful in steep areas if the trail is wet. Wear really good shoes with ankle support and soles with good traction. We also ran into some bees at higher wooded elevations (toward the far end of the trail). There were restrooms near the parking area. It took us about 2 hrs to hike out about 3/4 of this trail, and about 1.5 hrs to hike back. Had a fantastic time and hope to visit it again soon!

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2 months ago

The views of the many waterfalls alone make this trail phenomenal. Completed it on Saturday & went fishing on Sunday. Great weekend!

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3 months ago

Good tough hike. Took about 6 hrs round trip. The turn around point is at the beginning of the hunting road at the top of the climb through open grassy area.

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3 months ago

Nice, challenging trail