Tunnel Trail and Iron Horse Trail Loop

New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania

Tunnel Trail and Iron Horse Trail Loop Professional Review and Guide

"From the parking area on Hemlock Road, follow the Tunnel Trail to the abandoned railroad tunnel and descend toward Big Spring Run. Pick up the Iron Horse Trail (IHT) and follow it east, crossing PA 274 and joining the old Path Valley Railroad Grade. Follow the Path Valley grade back to the parking area.

Constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps in the late 1970s, the Iron Horse Trail forms a loop through the Tuscarora State Forest following the paths of two abandoned railroad grades. Although the trail is theoretically a rail-trail, it is considerably more rugged than any rail-trail you’ll come across. It’s a rocky knee-buster that requires good, sturdy footwear."

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Trail Information

New Bloomfield
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5–6 hours
Tuscarora State Forest, 717-536-3191, tinyurl.com/tuscarorasf
Local Contacts
USGS Blairs Mills and Blain; Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Tuscarora Trail, Map J: Appalachian Trail, PA, to PA Route 641
Local Maps

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Jun 2018