Welcome to the Tuscarora Trail
Established in the 1960's as an alternate route for the Appalachian Trail (AT), the Tuscarora Trail is a 250-mile long trail through the Ridge and Valley Appalachians of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. More recently, sections of the Tuscarora from Mill Mountain in West Virginia to Cove Mountain in Pennsylvania, have been included in the long-distance Great Eastern Trail. A hiking destination in its own right, the Tuscarora Trail leaves the AT near Mathews Arm Campground in Shenandoah National Park making its way west and north to rejoin the AT atop Blue Mountain, 10 miles south of Duncannon, Pa. Coupling the experience of remote wilderness, green pastures, small towns, rugged tread-way and country back roads, the Tuscarora offers a truly unique hiking adventure.
Tuscarora Trail Signs Project
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) has provided PATC with a generous grant to raise awareness of the 250-mile Tuscarora Trail. One of the challenges of maintaining the Tuscarora Trail has been its incomplete, inconsistent, and inadequate signage. In addition to funding this website, part of the REI grant has been used by PATC volunteers to design and purchase hundreds of new full-color directional signs that will guide hikers through the entire 250 miles. These signs are now fully installed. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work getting them in and up on the trail.
To see more signs and volunteers installing them, check out the photos [opens new window].
Section 4 is now OPEN following flagged detours around spring storm damage in the area from Second Narrows Road to Hemlock Road in the Tuscarora State Forest. Intermittent trail closures for timber salvage operations are still expected. Hikers wishing to access this section of the trail should contact the state forest office for current conditions at 717-536-3191 before heading out.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, along with other hiking organizations maintains the Tuscarora Trail, and in partnership with REI is promoting the trail as long distance hiking resource in the Midatlantic. The PATC is dedicated to providing a challenging and rewarding hiking experience along the Tuscarora Trail, which is more remote and rugged than the AT.
CAUTION: Not all sections of the Tuscarora Trail are appropriate for young or inexperienced hikers.