Section 7: Tuscarora Summit

Cowans Gap State Park to PA 16, 9.6 miles

 

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

Max Elevation: 2400 ft.  Min Elevation: 790 ft.

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

Access:  The trail can be accessed from both the southern and northern termini of section 7:

Cowans Gap State Park (39.999,-77.921)

 

PA Route 16: (39.893,-77.967)

Additional Road Access:

US Route 30, Tuscarora Summit (39.916, -77.9565)

Additional trail connections in the Buchanan State Forest and Cowans Gap State Park include: Standing Stone Trail, Geyer Trail, Logslide Trail, Richmond Trail, Fore Trail, Lincoln Trail.

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

Camping: Big Mountain Shelter (39.952, -77.943), Cowans Gap State Park. Primitive camping is allowed throughout Buchanan State Forest with free permit.

Links:  Buchanan State Forest Cowans Gap State Park

Big Mountain overlook
The Lockings ovelook

Section 8 The Lockings

PA 16 to PA 456, 13.9 miles

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

Max Elevation: 2080 ft.  Min Elevation: 525 ft.

Highlights:  The Lockings overlook

Access: The trail can be accessed from both the southern and northern termini of section 8:

PA Route 16: (39.893,-77.967)

 

Fort Davis Road (39.748,-78.045)

Additional trail connections in SGL-124 include: Alice Trail, Reese Hollow Trail, Hells Hill Trail, Yellow Trail 

Advisory:  No primitive camping allowed in SGL #124.  Exercise caution in SGL #124 during hunting season.  Section Update

Camping:  Reese Hollow Shelter (39.852, -77.979), PATC Little Cove Cabin (by reservation only).   

Links:  PA State Game Lands, PATC Cabins Rentals

Section 9:  Licking Creek

PA 456 to the C&O Canal , 9.0  miles.

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

Max Elevation: 760 ft. Min Elevation: 380 ft.

Highlights:  Mason-Dixon Line

Access:  The trail can be accessed from both the northern and southern termini of section 9:

Fort Davis Road (39.748,-78.045)

 

End of Licking Creek Access Road (39.657, -78.055)

Additional road access:

Camp Harding Park on Pectonville Road (39.670,-78.041)

Advisory:  Exercise caution in Indian Springs WMA during hunting season.  Section Update

 

Camping: Licking Creek Campground (39.651, -78.048)

Links: Indian Springs WMAC&O Canal NHP

Mason-Dixon Line
View of the Potomac River

Section 10:  C&O Canal

C&O Canal to Hancock, MD, 7.9  miles.

PATC Maps K and L, Guide to the North Half of the Tuscarora Trail

Max Elevation: 395 ft.  Min Elevation: 415 ft

Highlights:  C&O Canal NHP Visitor Center, Little Tonoloway Day Use Area

Access:  The trail can be accessed from both the northern and southern termini of section 10:

End of Licking Creek Access Road (39.657, -78.055)

 

Little Tonoloway Day Use Area (39.698,-78.182)

Additional Road Access:

Little Pool C&O Canal Parking (39.684,-78.104)

 

Hancock Visitor Center (39.695,-78.154)

Advisory:  None

Camping:  Licking Creek Campground (39.651, -78.048), Little Pool Campground (39.685, -78.113)

Links:  C&O Canal NHP

**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.