Hike the Mason-Dixon Trail to Peavine Island

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This fun loop offers a look into local history and riveting river views.

The Mason-Dixon Trail is a 200-mile trail that begins and ends in Pennsylvania, passing through Maryland and Delaware along the way. The trail connects the AT to the Brandywine Trail and spends considerable time adjacent to the wide and wondrous Susquehanna River. One of the Mason-Dixon trail's most popular hikes is the trek out to Peavine Island. In the summer, river revelers sun themselves on massive boulders and kayakers navigate the choppy waters. 

Peavine Island isn't technically an island unless the river is running high. Start your hike from the designated parking area and follow the blue blazes of the MDT. About halfway to the island you'll come to the impossibly well-preserved Lock 13 of the old Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. You'll want to spend a few moments investigating this 150-year-old relic, as well as the iron and wood that still remains bolted into the stone work today. 

Soon the trail turns into a bit of an easy scramble over rocks and larger boulders. At this point, there are numerous side trails to take you closer to the river or even out into the middle of it, depending again on water level. From Peavine Island, enjoy views of the Norman Wood Bridge and keep your eye out for ospreys and bald eagles that nest along the river banks. 

The MDT offers lots of gorgeous day hikes in this area, consider exploring the Mill Creek Falls further north, or head south to Susquehanna State Park

Distance

2 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Fitness, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Nearby Lodging

From $100/night

Camp Kinzers

Kinzers, Pennsylvania

Lancaster / New Holland KOA

Gap, Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown / Hershey KOA

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia / West Chester KOA

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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