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Multi-day Hiking

From May to November weekend hiking trips are scheduled with overnight accommodations at B&B’s and Lodges within a 2-3 hour drive. Places visited have been: Hickory Run State Park, World’s End State Park, Chincoteague VA, Promised Land State Park, and Susquehannock State Forest.  Coordinator: Julius Meisel (302) 547-9350.  List scope = future, this month & next 3.

05/28/2024-06/01/2024  4:00pm-12:00pm    Susquehannock Lodge Multiday Spring 2024 Trip   ( mi)

Jim March       (302) 607-1409                     Joan March     (302) 981-7255

Save the dates.

If interested, send us an email and we’ll let you know when we start taking reservations and deposits on February 1. 2024.

Multiple  days with multiple opportunities for Hiking along the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Susquehannock State Forest and vicinity.

Also biking along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.  If Mother Nature cooperates, we may be able to canoe or kayak along Pine Creek or local lakes.

We don’t often get people interested in the rooms with shared bath.
Rates are $160 per night for a couple or $80 per single for semi private (shared bath). $165 per night per couple or $115 per single for private bath.
Rate includes Breakfast and Dinner.
Send $50 deposit  per person check to me. Jim March 25 North Church Road, Newark, DE 19711-2501.
I’ll deposit the check about a month before when I send the deposit to the lodge.

Susquehannock Lodge     |    Parking Fee:  No / Restroom Available:  Yes     |     5039 US-6, Ulysses, PA 16948     |    41.782364, -77.800565     |   From Galeton continue west on US 6. about 9.8 miles. When you pass PA 449 on the right continue another 2 miles. Look for a blue sign for "Dry Run". Lodge is immediately on the left past Dry Run.  

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Multi-day Backpacking

Weekend trips from April through November to picturesque mountain areas in State Parks and Forests. Most trips are moderately strenuous and will vary in length from 5 to 10 miles per day. We do offer a beginners trip in the spring, which is less strenuous. Backpackers must be in good physical condition. Recent trips have been to Massanutten Mountain, VA, Shenandoah National Park, VA, the Appalachian Trail, NJ, PA & MD, and Susquehannock State Forest in PA. Coordinator: Bill Hardam (302) 654-6577. List scope = future, this month & next 3.

07/03/2024-07/11/2024  All Day    Backpacking Standing Stone Trail, PA   (83-85 mi)

Thomas Overbaugh       (302) 383-4498                        

The Standing Stone Trail runs south-north in central Pennsylvania from Cowans Gap State Park to the Detweiler Run Natural Area. This trip will cover the trail’s entire 84 mile length in 8 days. Late on July 3rd, we will leave one car at the northern terminus and then drive south to spend the night at the Cowans Gap SP campground. We will begin the hike the morning of July 4th. The plan is to finish with a half day of hiking July 11th and then drive home. Daily mileage most days will be 9 to 12 miles however there is one day where we will need to cover 16 miles due to unavoidable camping restrictions. Camping will be mostly at unimproved back-country sites with shelters at Mapleton and Butler Knob. The terrain will vary from ridge walking to traverses of the notorious Pennsylvania rocks to a 6 mile valley road walk. Elevation gain each day will vary between 1500 to 2700 feet. Near the midway point, there is a resupply opportunity at the post office in the village of Mapleton (resupply package must be mailed in advance). Highlights along the route include Vanderbilt’s Folly failed rail project, Monument Rock, the Thousand Steps, Hall of the Mountain King, Oriskany sandstone formations, charcoal terraces, and numerous vistas. Due to the length of this hike and the challenging terrain, this trip is only open to experienced backpackers with recent relevant experience. For those interested in a shorter 4 day hike, it is possible to do only the first 46 miles and leave a car in Mapleton to finish there. For information or to sign-up contact Tom Overbaugh.

Cowans Gap State Park Office Parking Lot     |    Parking Fee:  No / Restroom Available:  Unknown     |     6235 Aughwick Rd, Fort Loudon, Pa 17224     |    39.994855, -77.924807     |   From the PA Turnpike (I-76) in Carlisle, PA, follow the turnpike west 38 miles to Exit 189 (Willow Hill / Fort Loudon).  After the exit, turn right on PA-75S (Path Valley Rd.) and follow for 8 miles.  Turn right onto Stumpy Lane and follow for 1.5 miles into Cowans Gap State Park.  Once in the park, at the end of Stumpy Lane, turn left onto Aughwick Rd.  The park office parking lot is a few tenths of a mile ahead on the right (follow signs). 


08/31/2024-09/05/2024  All Day    Backpacking - Loyalsock Trail, PA   (58-60 mi)

Thomas Overbaugh       (302) 383-4498                        

This trip will cover the entire length of the 59 mile Loyalsock Trail over 6 days. Originally laid out in 1951, the Loyalsock Trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport. The trail follows mountain ridges and streams through the Loyalsock Creek watershed. Points of interest include waterfalls, scenic vistas, Worlds End State Park and the Haystacks. Daily mileages will range from 9 – 13 miles per day with daily elevation gains between 1300-2700 ft. We will stay at the Worlds End State Park campground Friday evening. Early Saturday morning, we will drive a short distance to the LT eastern terminus parking area to drop cars and then drive one car to the western terminus parking area to begin the hike. The 4th night of the hike will again be spent at Worlds End State Park campground. Camping on all other nights will be at unimproved backcountry sites. Depending on the number of hikers and vehicles, it may be possible to set up a resupply in a vehicle left at the state park. Otherwise, it will be necessary carry food for the entire trip. Due to the length of this hike and the challenging terrain, this trip is only open to experienced backpackers with recent relevant experience. For information or to sign-up contact Tom Overbaugh.

Worlds End State Park – Visitor Center     |    Parking Fee:  No / Restroom Available:  Usually     |     82 Cabin Bridge Road, Forksville, PA 18616     |    41.471751, -76.581602     |   Take I-95N to I 476N to I80 W to Buckhorn. At Buckhorn take Pa 42 north towards Eagles Mere. At Eagles Mere take PA 3009 towards Worlds End State Park.  

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