This is an easy destination. Several roads cross Tuscarora Mountain’s ridge. The Pennsylvania Turnpike actually goes through the mountain at the Tuscarora Tunnel. To get to the actual summit, Big Mountain, take Rt. 30 to the top of the mountain ridge, “Tuscarora Summit,” and follow a dirt road north from there to the Big Mountain Lookout. This is the summit. There are a couple hiking trails to the summit, including the Tuscarora Trail. You can also follow the trail north to Cowan’s Gap.
Johnston Run Streamside Trail
Enjoy the peaceful sounds of the stream and birds,, look for wild flowers as you walk. Wheel chair accessible and a pleasant ride. Families are enjoying walking and cycling. The entrance is on the left on Oregon Street, just after the bridge as you head out of town.
For great exercise and comradery – volunteer for the Trail Team and help with maintenance and planting.
James Buchanan State Park
We all know the location of James Buchanan State Park, a stones throw from Mercersburg, 3 miles west on route 16. Another fine place to go walking; bring the children and enjoy the walking trail and stream.
C & O Canal Trail
About 15 miles south of Mercersburg is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal trail. The trail stretches 184.5 miles along the Potomac River, beginning in Washington D.C. and ending in Cumberland, MD. It is a serene place to walk or ride a bike, bring the family and even dogs on leashes are welcome. Open dawn to dusk.
At the Conococheague Institute you can also enjoy local history, beautiful gardens and scenic walks or hikes. Also check out the website for many seasonal events and re-enactments
Cowans Gap, north of Mercersburg on Route 75 past Fort Loudon, is a great place for hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, playing, camping, laughing. Beautiful Tuscarora Trail passes through here. Also, there are a variety of summer programs; check the online Calendar of Events.
Mercersburg sits in a valley between Tuscarora Ridge Trail and the Appalachian Trail – there are many places to access the AT in less than an hour. Enjoy amazing views, Spring Mountain Laurel, cascading streams, ferns, beautiful fall colors…
Tuscarora Wildlife Education Program
Take a walk through the beautiful grounds of TWEP with all native plantings that attract a variety of songbirds and other wildlife. Or join a summer camp to learn all about taking care of our environment.