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
1656 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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2 months ago

Really nice hike with interesting views along the way. Historic canal lock, rhododendrons, waterfalls and a couple of high points with nice views, especially this time of year with most of the leaves off of the trees. Trail is also well marked.

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3 months ago

Really beautiful trail along the Susquehanna. It gets treacherous on some turns but the views are amazing over the roaring river.

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail and great workout!

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5 months 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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6 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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7 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.

7 months ago

Nice, challenging trail

hiking
7 months 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).

8 months ago

Great hike with some good challenging sections.

Monday, September 05, 2016

We did 3 miles of this trail and saw the waterfalls.

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

For being the day after a hard rain, it was humid but the shade helped. First time there and we tried that island loop south of the bridge. Saw several downed trees on trail. Seemed sparsely used but great views and awesome rock formations plus incredibly still-standing stoneworks that are +/- 200 years old. Canal Lock 12 is a must-see. We then went a short hike up the M-D trail north of the bridge and made that first left turn. It climbs a beautiful stream valley complete with beautiful falls all the way down. Look like some great pools you can easily wade in and cool off. We'll definitely be back and check out the full upstream Mason-Dixon system.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful trail and marked really well

hiking
Monday, June 03, 2013

FREE park enterence.

HIKE DESCRIPTION: 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. Cross the power lines and head down back to River road and continue north until the next trail marker is seen on the left towards Oakland Run. This is a large loop with the turnaround point at a lovely and isolated perfect camping spot. Continue on the blue-blazed trail to return home.

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