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Section 8 - Clarks Valley to Susquehanna River Displayed from North to South

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  Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club http://www.satc-hike.org/ *hike-hbg @ satc-hike.org Rausch Gap Shelter to PA 225
  York Hiking Club http://www.yorkhikingclub.com/ *Questions @ YorkHikingClub.com PA 225 to Clarks Ferry Bridge

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles  Map   &  
 Weather  
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0.0
Route 325 (Clarks Valley)
   Poor           Great




from Harrisburg:Take US 22/322 north to PA 225 North. Turn right on 325 East. Got about 9-10 miles. Parking is on the right.
From Swatara SP:From the intersection of PA 443 and PA 72 ( See Mile 1.4) take PA 443 east for 2 miles. Turn left on Gold Mine Road. Go 7 miles and turn left on PA 325. Go about 15 miles on 325 past the Dehart Reservoir. Parking is on the left.
From I81: Take Exit 67B. This is just east of the Susquehanna River. Go north for 6 miles to the intersection with PA 225 near Dauphin. Turn right on PA 225 and go 2 miles to the intersection with PA 325. Go right on PA 325 for 10 miles to the entrance to the parking area on the right.
Alternatively take Exit 107. Go west for 6 miles on US 209 to the intersection with PA 325 in the the town of Tower City. Go left on PA 325 for 16 miles to the entrance to the parking area on the left.
From the editor: The following is a consolidation of information pre 2010. Please send updates validating the information or provide any updates to information that is no longer valid: The AT crosses PA RT 325 (State Game Land/SGL 211) some 20 miles Northeast of Harrisburg. The parking area is off the road and not visible from 325. It is a large parking area which can accommodate at least 20 cars and even an RV. It is fairly large and popular with fishermen and is heavily used during hunting season 09/30/20 20 or more
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WardandDA @ gmail.com
Great gravel lot off the road. Plenty of parking. 10/01/20
 

  1

Jlhawkes @ gmail.com
2.6
Shikellimy Trail
   Poor           Great



 
The following is taken from http://www/satc-hike.org/update.html, a web page maintained by the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club which maintains the AT in this area.
From the intersection of PA Rt. 225 and Rt. 325 East, which is north of Dauphin, head east on Rt. 325 for about 8 miles. Between PennDOT mile markers 210 & 220, just past Camp Shikellimy, is a long parking pull-off on the right (south) side of the road. Park here and look for blue blazes on north side of the road at the end of guardrail.

According to the Google map directions, the last leg of this route on PA 325 is 7.7 miles long.
Update: 11/10. I have checked out the trailhead. It is not easy to see from the road. Another helpful landmark is Camp Shikelimy. The trail crossing is 0.2-0.3 miles to the east of this.
Rotate the street view on the attached map to the east to see the parking pull-off on the south side of the road. Rotate to the north west to see the trailhead for the Shikellimy Trail. This blue-blazed side trail goes north and climbs to the ridge, meeting the AT in 0.9 miles Coordinates at the AT are 40.4492 -78.8094. 2/2/10 4-5 roadside in pull-off
  1

  1

David Cullen
5.1
Whitetail Trail South
   Poor           Great



 
See directions to the Victoria Trail trailhead on PA 325 (Mile 5.7). December 2020 editor (DA Thomas) update: Suggest you review this pdf link to better understand the trail system in the Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation area before choosing this trail over the Victoria Trail: http://elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov/GetDocument?docId=1737607&DocName=JOSE_ParkMap.pdf Follow the blue-blazed Victoria Trail for 0.6 miles, the go right on the pink-blazed Whitetrail Trail. The Whitetail Trail intersects the AT in an additional 0.8 miles. It then continues north toward the parking area for the Iberson Conservation Area. At the AT intersection the northbound At goes right, the southbound goes left. Coordinates at the intersection are 40.43242 -76.85253 02/04/10
 

  1

David Cullen
5.1
Whitetail Trail North
   Poor           Great



 
See directions to the trailhead for the Victoria Trail at the parking area for the Ibbserson Conservation Area (Mile 5.7). December 2020 editor (DA Thomas) update: Suggest you review this pdf link to better understand the trail system in the Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation area before choosing this trail over the Victoria Trail: http://elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov/GetDocument?docId=1737607&DocName=JOSE_ParkMap.pdf According to state documents about the Ibberson Conservation Area, the pink blazed Whitetail Trail starts by the west gate near Back Road. It crosses the Victoria TRail in approximately 0.9 miles then reaches the AT in an additional 0.2 mile. The Whitetail Trail continues south then west to meet the Victoria Trail again on the south side of the mountain. At the AT intersection the southbound trail goes right, the northbound goes left. Coordinates at the AT are:40.43242 -76.85253
One could take the Victoria Trail from the parking area to the intersection with the Whitetail Trail, then go left for 0.4 miles to the AT. I did this in the opposite direction in 11/10. The section from the AT to the Victoria Trail is fairly steep. 02/04/10

 

  1

David Cullen
5.7
Victoria Trail (Ibberson conservation Area)
   Poor           Great




Take Exit 67B off I-81 north of Harrisburg. This is just east of the Susquehanna River. Go north for 6 miles with the intersection with PA 225 near Dauphin. Turn right on PA 225 and go about 10 miles to the intersection with Camp Heron Road. Go right on Camp Hebron Road. According to the Google directions the road makes a couple of turns, so be sure to stay on Camp Hebron Road. In 3.8 miles when Camp Hebron Road turns north, continue east on Back Road. The entrance to the Ibberson Conservation area is 0.9 miles further on the right The markers on the indicate this entrance. According to state documents and maps about the iberson Conservation Area, the blue-blazed Victoria Trail starts near the Education Pavilion and climbs 1.8 miles to reach the AT. It partially follows an old cross-mountain road. The Victoria Trail goes left (east) on the AT for about a hundred yards, then goes right and continues south to PA 325 (see below). At the initial intersection the northbound AT goes left, the southbound goes right. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 40.4306, -76.8632 2/4/10 Ample
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David Cullen
I recently parked here (11/10). Here are some more details about the route given in the previous listing. If coming from the south on PA 225, the turnoff onto Camp Hebron Road is at the very bottom of the descent down the north side of the mountain. It is on the right shortly after crossing Powells Creek. There is a sign for the Ibberson Conservation Area at the intersection. There is also a sign at the intersection of Camp Hebron Road and Back Road. The one potentially tricky spot is about 0.4 miles further at what appears to be a Y intersection. Bear right here and stay on Back Road. There is a third sign for the Ibberson Conservation Area shortly after this intersection. 12/01/10
 

 

David Cullen
5.7
Victoria Trail (PA 325)
   Poor           Great




Take Exit 67B off I-81 north of Harrisburg. This is just east of the Susquehanna River. Go north for 6 miles to the intersection with PA 225 near Dauphin. Turn right on PA 225 and go 2 miles to the intersection with PA 325. Go right on PA 325 for 5.0 miles to the Gamelands parking area on the left. Rotate the street view on the attached map to the north see the parking area. The blue-blazed Victoria Trail goes north, first across Gamelands 211 and then the Ibberson Conservation Area. At least in part it follows an old road. The AT is reached at the top of the ridge in 1.2 miles. The northbound AT goes right (east), the southbound trail goes left (west). Coordinates at the AT intersection are 40.4306, -76.8632. From there the Victoria Trail goes left on the AT for about 100 yards, then goes right on an old road and continues north down to the parking area for the Conservation Area. See above. Note Much of this information from state material about the conservation area. The trail distances are not the same as given in the AT Guide. 02/03/10 8-10
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  1

David Cullen
There are several parking lots for the State Gameland in the immediate vicinity. The one that is the trailhead for the Victoria Trail has two blue blazes painted on a tree by the road. 12/01/10
 

 

David Cullen
9.5
Rt. 225 at Peter's Mountain
   Poor           Great




Route 225 10 miles east of Duncannon PA. a good size parking lot 6 RV and 3 cars
 

 

yhc.trails @ att.net
From 325 to 225 the parking area is at the crest of the mountain on the right after a caution hiker's sign. GPS N40.24.718 W76.55.794 The parking area is off of a very dangerous section of 225 - right in the middle of a switchback. Be very careful crossing the road here as well as pulling out of it - cars are traveling at 50 mph and can't see you.

Going from 225 toward Clarks Ferry it appears as if a new section of the trail has been created to accommodate a new microwave tower. This newer section is comprised of loose rocks which make it annoying to hike.
8-10 cars
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at @ rohland.org
8/11/2003: Rt 225 - Bridge is now under construction to take hikers over this very dangerous road crossing. Completion is expected sometime in Nov 2003. In the meantime, parking may be very limited or may not exist at all due to construction equipment and materials. Hikers are advised to make other plans or contact the local club for more info. 9/15/2003: what is occurring is that a pedestrian bridge for hikers is being built over the highway thanks to a grant administered by PennDot. During  
 

 

appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
3/31/2005: The pedestrian bridge on top of Peter's Mtn (Rt. 225) has been completed for a year. The trail was relocated to avoid the microwave towers. The loose rocks were our complaint to the Mid Atlantic Crew. I had two of our trail workers put haul dirt in to fill between the rocks. However, there are still some work required.  
 

 

yhc.trails @ att.net
We parked our motorhome in this lot while taking a day hike north. Upon our return while having a cup of tea in the motorhome before returning to our campground for the evening, we were harassed by a strange man. He had no shoes or shirt on and was stomping around the parking area swearing loudly and profusely that this parking area was not for campers. He was driving a late model silver/gray Pontiac Grand Am. If you encounter him, I think you should try to avoid him because he probably escaped from a mental institution. 4/14/2006
 

 

at @ rohland.org
Take Exit 67B off I-81 north of Harrisburg. This is just east of the Susquehanna River. Go north for 6 miles with the intersection with PA 225 near Dauphin. Turn right on PA 225 and go 4.2 miles to the crest of the ridge. he entrance road to the parking area is on the right. Just beyond it is the new footbridge that carries the AT over the highway.
This map is similar to the one above, but shows a street view. Rotate to the southeast to see the entrance road to the parking area. Rotate to the north and up a bit to see the footbridge. From this vantage point, the northbound trail is right, the southbound is left. 02/04/10
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David Cullen
16.0
E. Clarks Ferry Bridge
   Poor           Great




This is at the intersection of 322 and 147 (under the bridge). GPS N40.23.782 W77.00.451 . Rotate the street view from northwest to northeast to see the parking. Rotate to the south to see the north bound trail (look for sign). The southbound trail crosses the bridge on a pedestrian walkway. On a rainy October Sunday there were plenty of spots available but most were filled on Monday - probably commuters.

The views from this area going north are exceptional because of river views from both sides of the trail.
10 marked spots - can fit more cars on the gravel section as well as an adjacent gravel section
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at @ rohland.org
From Exit 67 off I-81 in Harrisburg, go north on US 22/322 for about 11 miles. Just as the highway starts to cross the bridge to Duncannon, take the exit for PA 417. The parking is on the left a short distance further. The trail from here north to PA 225 is reasonably rock-free. However there is about a mile stretch west (trail south) of the northern junction of the Susquehanna trail that is very rocky. The three-quarters of a mile west of PA 225 is moderately rocky. 04/03/10
 

 

David Cullen
Hiked past this trailhead. Several cars were parked here. I would have parked here if I knew about it but it was nice to walk across the bridge anyway. It seems pretty safe. I am guessing it is a park and ride lot. (Spring 2017) 07/02/20 Several
 

 

blue-carolina @ hotmail.com
16.7
W. Clarks Ferry Bridge
   Poor           Great



 

 

 


Included with the pictures for this section you will see how the York Hiking Club built part of this trail. Really interesting - helps you to appreciate all of the work they do to maintain the trail for us.
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