Hiking in the PA Wilds

The Susquehannock Trail System (STS) is a series of 63 separate trails; most of which are old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) fire trails. When the STS was originally laid out, we decided to keep the names that the CCC had given to each of these trails; and in turn having a system of trails instead of one long trail. We have broken the trail system into trail sections as noted on the map to the left.


The Pine Creek Rail Trail or "Rails to Trails" is a collaboration of DCNR and the local area townships and counties to convert the old railroad tracks to wonderful biking and walking trails. The rail trail runs from Jersey Shore to Stokesdale which is a length of approximately 62 miles. The hard packed stone allows for the trail to be a nice easy ride. The trail has a small grade, only around 2%, and runs mostly uphill toward Ansonia and downhill toward Jersey Shore.

Two miles down and back up, this difficult trail descends one mile to the bottom of Pine Creek Gorge. Please be aware that the canyon is a wilderness area and you must be prepared for such travel if you decide to hike on our trails. Help us keep the erosion to a minimum by staying on the trail and not taking shortcuts. Not only will you risk serious injury, but will trample fragile vegetation. It is a down and back trail. There is no bridge across Pine Creek at the bottom.


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