Splash Dam Hollow

Coudersport, Pennsylvania

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This hike gives you a taste of a popular 85-mile backpacking trail. It starts out on the Susquehannock Trail System but soon connects with lesser-used trails as it descends one hollow and meets Splash Dam Stream, whose banks are now overgrown and whose already marshy areas are aggravated by beaver dams. The trail leads up out of a second hollow to the ridgeline, where you reconnect with the main trail. The Susquehannock Trail System (STS) is a popular 85-mile backpacking trail that runs through the Susquehannock State Forest—262,000 acres of deeply cut ravines and plateaus. The trail passes through Lyman Sun, Patterson, Cherry Springs, and Ole Bull State Parks, with Ole Bull being the southern gateway. The STS is well maintained and well marked with orange blazes. In order to do a loop, our hike encompasses three lesser-used trails that are, at some points, a little overgrown. When you begin on the STS, you can sign in at the logbook station and then start out on the White Line Trail. Follow the STS across a high plateau and into a deep ravine. This forest was logged extensively in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and from the trail you can see evidence of the clear-cutting.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This hike gives you a taste of a popular 85-mile backpacking trail. It starts out on the Susquehannock Trail System but soon connects with lesser-used trails as it descends one hollow and meets Splash Dam Stream, whose banks are now overgrown and whose already marshy areas are aggravated by beaver dams. The trail leads up out of a second hollow to the ridgeline, where you reconnect with the main trail.

The Susquehannock Trail System (STS) is a popular 85-mile backpacking trail that runs through the Susquehannock State Forest—262,000 acres of deeply cut ravines and plateaus. The trail passes through Lyman Sun, Patterson, Cherry Springs, and Ole Bull State Parks, with Ole Bull being the southern gateway. The STS is well maintained and well marked with orange blazes. In order to do a loop, our hike encompasses three lesser-used trails that are, at some points, a little overgrown. When you begin on the STS, you can sign in at the logbook station and then start out on the White Line Trail.
Follow the STS across a high plateau and into a deep ravine. This forest was logged extensively in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and from the trail you can see evidence of the clear-cutting.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Coudersport
Distance: 7.8
Elevation Gain: 1,124 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Susquehannock State Forest, 3150 E. Second St. (PO Box 673), Coudersport 16915; (814) 274-3600; dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/susquehannock/ index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Brookland, PA; Cherry Springs, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Splash Dam Hollow

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