Conestoga Trail

County:     Lancaster

Length:     14.3 miles (Out and Back)

Trail Access Points: Holtwood and Pequea

Trail Surface: Stone paths, Natural Surface 

Activites: Walking, Hiking 

Difficulty: Hard 

Description: 

This section of the Conestoga Trail System runs from Holtwood to Pequea, PA. The trail pathway features some stone paths, with a good length of natural surface throughout the hike. At 14.3 miles, be prepared for periods of strenuous hiking up steep hills and occasional rock scrambles. The climb up steep hills is rewarded with a beautiful overlook of the Susquehanna River, and the hike through creek valleys on the way back includes a charming crossing of the Tucquan Creek and several small waterfalls. 

Begin your hike at Pinnacle Overlook in Holtwood. Trail system maps are available at this site. Once you set off on the trail, remember to keep an eye out for the orange blazes that mark the route. In some areas, the rocks themselves will be blazed. A slanted double blade indicates a change in direction. Be careful of frequent angled slopes, quick turns, and steep inclines/declines. Definitely a trail for the more experienced hiker, but the rewards of amazing overlook views and beautiful landscapes along Tucquan Creek make this hike one for your "to-do" list.  

Parking and Trail Access: 

To get to the Pinnacle Overlook for the start of the trail, take route 372 West to River Road. Turn right at River Road and continue until you encounter Pinnacle Road. Follow to the end of Pinnacle Road for parking, and look for the orange blazes off the left of the Overlook for the start of the trail. 

Information courtesy of alltrails.com and midatlantichikes.com 

The Lancaster Hiking Club cares for and maintains the Conestoga Trail and has produced a new guide book, which can be found here.

Top photo courtesy of Angelo W. 

Map Courtesy:  alltrails.com  

Pinnacle Overlook

Photo Courtesy: Angelo W.  Photo Courtesy: Carrie Call