Section 4:  Amberson Ridge 

Cowpens Road to Hemlock Road, 8 miles

PATC Map J, Guide to the North Half of the Tuscarora Trail

Max Elevation: 2200 ft.  Min Elevation: 1260 ft.

Highlights:  

Access:  The trail can be accessed by road from both the northern and southern termini of section 4 in Tuscarora State Forest:

Limited parking at Cowpens Road (40.219, -77.543)

 

Parking at Hemlock Road (40.234, -77.639)

Additional Road Access in Tuscarora State Forest:

Limited Parking at Three Square Hollow Road (40.228, -77.569)

 

Limited Parking at 2nd Narrow Road (40.224, -77.594)

Additional trail connections in the Tuscarora State Forest include: North Fork Trail, Couch Haul Road, Perry Lumber Co Trail, Twig Trail.

Advisory:  Exercise caution in the Tuscarora State Forest during hunting season.

Camping: Fowlers Hollow Shelter (40.247,-77.611), Fowlers Hollow State Park.  Primitive camping is allowed throughout the Tuscarora State Forest. Camping is limited to one night without a permit.

LinksFowlers Hollow State ParkTuscarora State Forest

Hemlock lined stream in Tuscarora State Forest
View of the Path Valley

Section 5: Knob Mountain

Hemlock Road to PA-641, 10.4 miles

PATC Map J, Guide to the North Half of the Tuscarora Trail

Max Elevation: 2300 ft.  Min Elevation: 800 ft.

Highlights:  

Access: The trail can be accessed by road from both the northern and southern termini of section 5: 

Parking at Hemlock Road (40.234, -77.639)

 

Parking at PA-641 (by permission only)

Advisory:  No water along this section, Exercise caution in the Tuscarora State Forest during hunting season.

Camping: Primitive camping is allowed throughout the Tuscarora State Forest. Camping is limited to one night without a permit.

LinksTuscarora State Forest

Section 6:  Cowans Gap

PA-641 to Cowans Gap State Park, 15.7 miles

PATC Map K, Guide to the North Half of the Tuscarora Trail

Max Elevation: 1950 ft.  Min Elevation: 790 ft.

Highlights:  Great Eastern Trail joins/leaves the TT from/on Standing Stone Trail in Cowans Gap State Park.

Access: The trail can be accessed by road from both the northern and southern termini of section 6: 

Parking at PA-641 (by permission only)

 

Parking at Cowans Gap State Park (39.999,-77.921)

Additional Road Access:

Limited shoulder parking on Fannettsburg Road  (40.061, -77.864)

Additional trail connections in the Buchanan State Forest include: Bird Run Trail, Ellisic Trail, Allen Trail, Cove Trail, Sharpe Trail, Fox Trail Wagner Trail, Horseshoe Trail, Standing Stone Trail

Advisory:  Exercise caution in the Buchanan State Forest during hunting season.

Camping: Burd Run Shelter (40.053,-77.888), PATC Silberman Trail Center (by reservation only), Cowans Gap State Park. Primitive camping is allowed throughout the Bucahan State Forest with a free permit.

Links: The Standing Stone Trail, PATC Cabin Rentals, Buchanan State ForestCowans Gap State Park, 

Traversing the Path Valley
**CAUTION, maps and section descriptions are for informational purposes only and not intended for use with backcountry navigation, please consult relevant PATC maps and guidebooks.