Mason-Dixon Trail

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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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7 days 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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1 month 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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Nice, challenging trail

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1 month ago

This is one of my favorite local trails so far. There are many interesting features along the trail (the old lock system, the river, lake, dam, remains of old retaining walls, beautiful flowers, and many species of butterflies.

With a little effort, we managed to climb through the fallen trees and walk in the rocks/dead trees upstream the river past the lake. The view and listening to the water were both very nice.

It is a little on the difficult side, but I recommend it for families. There are many insects, birds, and small snakes along the trail for the kids to observe (and be amazed).

2 months ago

Great hike with some good challenging sections.

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