Tuscarora Trail: Cowans Gap to Tower Rd

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Tuscarora Trail: Cowans Gap to Tower Rd is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Todd, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
1,400 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers

Directions are pretty straightforward as to how to follow this trail. As long as you follow the blue blazes of the Tuscarora Trail here you will not get lost on a side trail. There are many side trails that lead back to Cowans Gap State Park but just keep following the blazes.

1 month ago

Check out amazing vistas at the small loop at the end of Tower Road off Aughwick Road and behind the Mountain House restaurant at Route 30. Best in Pa. A third vista is nearby about 15 miles away (not on this trail) at the summit on Broad Mountain Road east of Fannettsburg. Circling hawks seen.

trail running
1 month ago

Great for the area! Moderate rating is accurate. I unknowingly wished for this trail to lead to a nice grassy road walk after the initial climb from the parking area, and that's exactly what I got after hiking the prior five days. The wide grassy old ridge foresting road makes for a nice running path instead of having to be focused on traversing rocks. Not a soul in sight on a Friday afternoon. Several viewpoints along the way instead of just one. Nice little hike :)

8 months ago

Great hike on a beautiful day! We parked up at the tower, on Tower Rd and immediately came to the most beautiful vista. Parking there made the hike mostly level then a steep decent at the end, at the lake. Be prepared for a steep incline if you park at the lake and walk up to the tower. Also worth going 2/10ths mike to the bunker. Very nice camp for hikers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I would rate this slightly more than a moderate trail due to the elevation gain. It is very challenging. I started in cowans gap state park and hiked to the big mountain overlook.

Monday, September 18, 2017