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Tuscarora Trail

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Elk Hill Rd,
Newville, PA 17241
(717) 536-3191

The Tuscarora Trail is located within the Tuscarora State Forest and is a branch off of the famous Appalachian Trail. The trail connects with the A.T. near Waggoner's Gap. It is less busy and a bit more rugged compared to the A.T. The trail is over 220 miles in length with 110 miles in Pennsylvania. There are numerous sections of the trail. Here are the Cumberland Valley locations:

Section 1: Sterretts Gap (Appalachian Trail to Waggoners Gap, 12 miles)

  • Access: No direct access to northern terminus at AT, trail must be approached from either SB/NB on AT or WB on Darlington Trail.
  • Waggoners Gap: Parking at Audubon Hawk Watch (40.279, -77.276).

Section 2: Flat Rock (Waggoners Gap to Colonel Denning State Park, 13.2 miles)

  • Access: The trail can be accessed by road from both the northern and southern termini of section 2:
  • Waggoners Gap: Parking at Audubon Hawk Watch (40.279, -77.276).
  • Col. Denning State Park: PA-233 at Elk Hill Road (40.274, -77.427)
  • Additional trail connections in Col. Denning State Park include: Flat Rock Trail, Woodburn Trail, Warner Trail.

Section 3: Blue Mountain (Colonel Denning State Park to Cowpens Road, 8.1 miles)

  • Access: The trail can be accessed by road from both the northern and southern termini of section 3:
  • Col. Denning SP: Parking at PA-233 at Elk Hill Road (40.274, -77.427).
  • Tuscarora State Forest: Parking at Cowpens Road (40.219, -77.543).
  • Additional trail connections in the Tuscarora State Forest include: Bill Miller Trail, Phoenix Trail.

View parking areas for the Tuscarora Trail. Please note: the map marker on the map is located at the Elk Hill Rd parking lot, just down the road from Colonel Denning State Park (GPS coordinates: 40.274, -77.427).View the portion of the trail that meets up with Flat Rock Trail as well as nearby trails on the Colonel Denning and Tuscarora State Forest Trail Map (.pdf)

For detailed maps and current conditions, contact the Potomac Appalachian Trial Club at (703) 242-0693.

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