Mason Dixon Trail Hike Series - Section #8 – 12.3 miles

  • July 5 · 8:00 AM

Dory Peterson and I are hiking the Mason Dixon Trail in sections. There are 14 hikes planned. The distance of the hikes varies between 12 and 16 miles. Average pace 2.5-3 mph including a lunch break.

IMPORTANT – We will be passing through Peach Bottom Nuke Plant property. I must give Peach Bottom Plant Security a list of hikers and the time and date we will be on their property. YOU MUST CARRY ID. Registration will close at 8pm on Thursday 7/3/14.


Section #8 Details 

This is a shuttle hike. We are dropping a car(s) at Glen Cove Marina and then taking a car(s) to the start of the hike at Dorsey Boat Launch. The hike distance is 12.3 miles. This hike will be 5.9 miles on country roads and 6.4 miles on trails along the west bank of the Susquehanna River. The terrain is rolling hills with some[masked] feet climbs. If you have comfortably completed any of the earlier sections of this series you will have no problems completing this section. If you cannot comfortably hike 8 miles, then I do not recommend this hike. The hike time should be 4 to 5 hours. The total travel time from Reading including car shuttle is 3 hours 15 min.

You can also meet the group carpooling from Reading at the Glen Cove Marina. We should arrive at 9:20 - 9:30 AM. GPS cords:[masked],[masked] Please let me know if you are meeting us at the Glen Cove Marina parking area. 


Cancellation – Bad Weather

I will check the weather forecast the evening before the hike. If there is heavy rain in the forecast, I will post a cancellation note late Friday evening.


Mason Dixon Trail General Description 

The Mason Dixon Trail connects the Appalachian Trail with the Brandywine Trail. The trail starts at Whiskey Springs on the Appalachian Trail, in Cumberland County, PA and heads east towards the Susquehanna River, passing through Pinchot State Park en route. The trail then follows the west bank of the Susquehanna south to Havre de Grace in Maryland. Across the river, the M-DT continues east, passes through Elk Neck State Forest, then on to Iron Hill Park in Delaware, north along the Christina River and White Clay Creek to the White Clay Creek Preserve. The trail then heads northeast to its eastern terminus at Chadds Ford, PA on the banks of the Brandywine River.

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  • Kevin D.

    All the hikes in this series have been great. The company made the miles go by quickly. Even the road walking has been interesting and scenic with some Amish culture thrown into the experience.

    July 7

  • diane r.

    No problem Linda, there are two sections scheduled for next month. 8/9/14 & 8/31/14

    1 · July 2

  • diane r.

    Sorry for the slow reply, I've been away from "the grid" during the weekend. Sure, it's OK to do part of the hike. Where do you plan to meet us? Dorsey Park Boat Launch?

    June 23

    • Linda L

      Yes, at Dorsey.

      June 24

    • Linda L

      Thanks for being flexible. I just can't make the pickup ride work and be where I have to be on time. Sure hope I can make one of these eventually.

      July 2

  • Linda L

    Would you mind if I joined you for just a portion of this hike? I have an early afternoon commitment but would live to do Dorsey to Tabernacle/Cooper Rd intersection.

    June 21

  • Agnes de N.

    So bummed that I have to miss you guys this time. Hope to join you in next hike. Have a great time! Post pictures!

    June 18

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