TIME: 10:00am - 12:30pm (prompt start, estimated end)
MILEAGE: 5 miles
Arrive ready to hike at 10:00 a.m. for 5 miles, that will be up and back on part of the Mason Dixon Trail through this unusual area. Parking will be by the Susquehanna River and then hiking along Muddy Creek. The creek is far from muddy, as it’s quite clear and rushing. The river’s glade is covered with huge native Rhododendrons. The gorgeous natural beauty will be worth the brief bit of challenging uphill at the beginning of the hike. (Coming down is easier!) No water crossings. The leader will wait and help as needed. Also, since all of it is up and back, hikers can stop anywhere along the way. The leader believes that this is the most special trail, within 1 hours’ drive of Newark, DE! Bring water and snack.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Expect a 55-minute drive, under normal conditions. From DE-273 at the DE/MD state line. Continue west on MD-273 for 15.8 miles. Proceed half way around the traffic circle, to remain on MD-273, continue 0.7 mi. Turn left onto US-1 south and proceed 7.4 miles, crossing the Conowingo Dam. Turn right onto MD-623 and proceed 2.9 miles. Turn right to stay on MD-623 (Flintville Road) and proceed 7.7 miles. (You have entered PA.) Cross Paper Mill Road. The road name changes to Cold Cabin Road and proceed 1.2 miles. The parking lot will be straight ahead, as the road turns left.
CARPOOLING: From Fair Hill Natural Resources Area – P1 (MD-273), 4640 Telegraph Road, Elkton, MA 21921, by 9:00 a.m. Fair Hill does have a parking fee, Cold Cabin does not.
Cold Cabin Park
517 S Cold Cabin Rd
Delta, PA 17314
This is the best parking lot for hiking to the Muddy Creek forest trail. It’s beach is also used to launch boats.