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Mason-Dixon Trail between Wrightsville and High Point Scenic Vista, PA

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This hike can either be done as an ‘up & back’ hike or you can stage a vehicle at each end and hike from one to the other Wrightsville, PA Boat Ramp to Highpoint Scenic Vista, PA- North to South 0.0 mi From the southwest corner of the parking lot follow the tree line south (downriver), stay to the right of the ballfields. Cross Lemon Street diagonally to the right and turn onto Water Street by the Borough Office. Turn right onto Willow Street and left onto S. Front Street, Rt. 624. Follow Rt. 624 across Kreutz Creek and past the quarry entrance. 0.5 mi Turn left off Rt.624 onto Lockwood Rd for about 100 feet. Turn right into woods. After 100 ft, cross small stream and begin climbing hill by switchbacks. Excellent winter views of the Susquehanna River at the top! Cross the hill and descend on a long gradual slope. At the bottom, the trail parallels the stream in Murphy’s Hollow. A yellow blazed side trail leads to Murphy’s Hollow Rd with parking. (At Rte 624, the entrance to Murphy’s Hollow Rd states that the area is Private Property-Keep Out. We are welcome to park here). 1.4 mi Cross under Rte 624 through large culvert. Water usually about 1 inch deep. Trail leaves stream bed by several short switchbacks, then climbs by large switchbacks to private property. Please stay on trail. Trail continues climb to the top of the hill, descends to cross a small wet area and then climbs to the entrance drive for the property. Turn left to Hilt Rd. 2.2 mi Cross Hilt Rd and climb by switchbacks into York County’s Highpoint Scenic Vista & Recreation Area. After leaving the woods, the trail climbs to Highpoint Scenic Vista. 2.5 mi Arrive at Highpoint Scenic Vista with excellent views up and down the Susquehanna River. Follow the spiraling paved trail to parking area at the base of the hill. Highpoint Scenic Vista, PA to Wrightsville Boat Ramp, PA- South to North 0.0 mi From the of Highpoint Scenic Vista there are excellent views up and down the Susquehanna River (the paved path spirals down the hill to the parking lot). Follow the Mason-Dixon Trail to the north (upriver) as it descends in a large sweeping curve to a small wooded area, then continues downhill to Hilt Rd by switchbacks 0.3 mi Cross onto a paved private drive. After passing through the iron gate, the trail soon turns right down to a small wet area before beginning the climb to the top of the hill. This is private property. Please stay on the trail. The trail immediately begins descending by large switchbacks to Murphy’s Hollow stream. 1.1 mi Trail passes under Rt. 624 through a large culvert (water usually only one inch deep). After about 300 ft, there is a yellow blazed side trail which leads to Murphy’s Hollow Rd where there is parking. (The entrance to Murphy’s Hollow Rd states that it is Private Property– Keep Out. We have permission to park here). The trail climbs the hill and has excellent winter views of the river. Descend by several large switchbacks coming out on Lockwood Rd where the trail turns left for about 100 ft. to Rt. 624. 2.0 mi Turn right onto Rt. 624 and immediately pass entrance to the Quarry on the left and proceed across Kreutz Creek. 2.2 mi Turn right onto Willow Street then left onto Water Street. After the Borough Office, cross Lemon Street diagonally to the right, stay to the right of the ballfields, then follow the tree line. 2.5 mi Arrive at the parking lot with historical markers about the Towpath and Canal.

Price: Free


Vendor: The Mason-Dixon Trail System, Inc.

Primary Category: Recreation

Secondary Categorization: Parks

Published: June, 2016

Language: English

Size: 2.0 MB

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