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White Clay Creek Preserve/Review of the Mason-Dixon Trail

I hiked sections of the Mason-Dixon trail starting at the park office on Sharpless road in Pennsylvania. NOTE: Pick up a trail map on the porch of the park office building itself, there are none at the bulletin board in the parking lot. Followed the light blue trail markers for the Mason-Dixon trail south into Delaware. This section is very scenic and very easy, some of it gravel covered with some muddy areas. This part of the trail follows the White Clay Creek. At the "Nature Center" for White Clay Creek State Park in Delaware, I followed the trail markers to get to the Tri-state marker for the Mason-Dixon line. This area of the trail was probably more of a moderate level, definitely has a backwoods feel, not well marked and some areas it is difficult to follow the trail. I found it fun because this section winds it's way back and forth between Pennsylvania and Delaware. I did find the both the Tri-state corner marker and the Arc Corner marker, then headed back via the Arc Corner trail and then back on the Mason-Dixon trail back to the parking lot in Pennsylvania Total hike was about 8 miles and took me about 4 hours in heavy waterproof hikers and a hiking pole. A bit of advice: DON'T PARK IN DELAWARE: they charge $8.00 per car if you have an out of state tag ($4.00 for Delaware residents) between March 1 and November 30th, while the parking lots in Pennsylvania are free. You can hike into Delaware from the Pennsylvania side at no charge.