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Suggested Hikes

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 Lock 12 - Holtwood Dam - Osprey Nest    2.3 Miles   (Airville, PA)

Lock 12 of the Susquehanna Canal. You'll get views of Mill Creek Falls, Overlook of the Susquehanna River and the Holtwood Dam. You'll get a great look with binoculars down at an Osprey Nest which sits on top of one of the power line towers.

Various Otter Creek Trails   (Airville, PA)

Otter Creek is located off of Furnace Rd near Airville, PA. The Otter Creek Campground is a nice place to start your hike, but you'll need to pay for parking at the campground office. There is also a small gravel parking area off of Furnace Rd which is North of the campground.

Urey Overlook - Otter Creek Loop   5.0 Miles   (Airville, PA)

On this 5 mile loop hike you'll get a great view of Susquehanna River at the Urey Overlook, and also a scenic stretch of the trail down along Otter Creek. This involves a moderate amount of elevation both up and down. It's one of our most rewarding hikes on the trail and a great loop.

Oakland Run - Eagle Bypass Loop   3.5 Miles   (Airville, PA)

Nice hike that stays cool in the summer where you'll hike through the ravine of Oakland Run and walk along the Susquehanna River. You'll walk paths through thick Rhododendron and see some picturesque cascading falls. The footing can be tricky along the stream so wear proper footwear. There are places where you may need to pull yourself up and over obstacles. Kids love this loop.

Gifford Pinchot State Park Loop    8.5 Miles  (Lewisberry, PA)

This hike circles the entire lake at Gifford Pinchot State Park. The terrain is very easy with very little elevation change. This is a great hike to bring the dog along, be sure to have your dog licensed and vaccinated as it is a State Park. You'll follow the "Mason-Dixon Trail" for half of the hike and the park's "Lakeside Trail" for the rest of the hike.

Devil's Hole   3.0 Miles  (Long Level Rd, PA)

The name of this hike shouldn't scare you, it's one of the easiest loops you can do on the trail. The trail passes through a local park with ball fields and brings you back along a scenic stretch of road where you'll get some amazing views of the Susquehanna River.  There's a Bald Eagle's nest in this area and it's very common to see one of them flying around. This is a beautiful morning hike as the sun rises on the river.

North Park Loop   1.5 Miles  (Havre De Grace, MD)

This easy hike is family friendly and provides some other activities such as the Susquehanna Museum, a swing bridge and a playground for the kids. The trail takes you through a historic area of Havre De Grace and follows the path of three trail systems; The Mason-Dixon Trail, North Park Trail and the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail.

Iron Hill Park / M-DT   1.4 - 2.3 Miles (Trail Newark, DE)

This park hosts a section of our trail system but also offers Disc Golf and a science center and museum. Mountain Bikers use trails in this park so keep a look out. There's also a nice dog park and a playground for children.

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Disclaimer: Please note that hiking is a strenous activity and exposes one to adverse conditions. The Mason-Dixon Trail System makes no guarantees as to the length, difficulty, terrain or water sources listed in these hike descriptions and is not responsible for any mishaps that may occur while hiking on the M-DT.

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