Cascades of Tucquan Glen

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603

Cascades of Tucquan Glen

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"This nature preserve harbors not only a series of alluring cascades, but also 336 acres of rugged gorge through which flows Tucquan Creek, a Pennsylvania state scenic waterway. The busy and very popular hike takes you through the heart of the vale amid luxuriant growth. Along the way, several cascades show off for hikers.

The lowermost part of the gorge harbors the most cataracts as rock walls rise above the stream. The hike leads to the Susquehanna River, where you can view this big waterway, dammed at this juncture."

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg (Menasha Ridge Press)
Matt Willen
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"This beautiful hike follows the south bank of Tucquan Creek, through its glen filled with hemlock and rhododendron, to the railroad bridge at the Susquehanna River. The route crosses the creek via the bridge, ascends a short steep gulley up the escarpment, and picks up the old Tucquan Glen Road over a promontory and back down to the creek. Certainly the jewel site of the Lancaster County Conservancy, the 336-acre Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve in Martic Township provides a gem of an excursion. Although not a long hike, you get a lot of great scenery packed into the mile-long gorge of this tributary of the Susquehanna River. The creek has understandably been designated a Pennsylvania Scenic River. The forest along the sides of the glen consist of tall mature poplars, white and pin oaks, and hickory trees. Hemlocks and rhododendrons line the banks of the steep creek as it tumbles over large boulders forming deep pools and steep drops."

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Great trail. The path is clearly marked and you can take 3 different trails (2 difficult and 1 Moderate).

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2.6 miles
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Additional Use
Lancaster County Conservancy, 117 South West End Ave., Lancaster 176033396; (717) 392-7891;
Local Contacts
Tucquan Glen & Pyfer Nature Preserves; USGS Holtwood
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