THE SUSQUEHANNOCK TRAIL SYSTEM

The Susquehannock Trail System is a good trail for both first-time and seasoned backpackers.  There are few demanding climbs—much of the trail follows old logging roads, former mountain railroads, and streambeds.  There are ways to shorten the hike, and complete smaller sections as opposed to thru-hiking the whole trail, via forestry roads and state parks that intersect the trail.  Camping is abundant, and there is plenty of water along the way.  This backpacking trail features many different forest types, wildflowers, and wet environments.

Total Length: 83.7 miles (134.7 km)

Hiking Time: 6—10 days

Trailhead(s): Northern gateway is by Denton Hill State Park, off RT 6.  Southern gateway is at Ole Bull State Park, off RT 144.  Other places to access the trail include Patterson State Park, the village of Cross Fork, and there are a number of forestry roads that intersect the trail.  The roads are no winter maintenance, winter use of forestry roads is not recommended.

Camping: Only primitive (tent) camping is allowed on the trail.  Backpackers only need permits for camping more than 1 night in the same location.  Contact Susquehannock State Forest Office (570-327-3450) for camping info, permits, etc.

Water: Water is available along the trail at stream crossings. All water must be purified in order to be considered safe to drink.

 

The Susquehannock Trail System Guidebook & Map is available from Pine Creek Outfitters for $12.95.  The guidebook is a pocket-sized account of the trail’s features and its history.  The waterproof color topographic map also shows vistas, water sources, campsites, & connector trails.

Located in the heart of Potter County, the orange blazed Susquehannock Trail System is a giant 84-mile loop made from a series of linked short hiking trails.  The trail passes through some of the most isolated parts of “God’s Country.”

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

- John Muir

The Susquehannock Trail is a long loop trail, and has many linking trails that can be used to customize the length of your hike.  The most popular section for overnight trips is the Hammersley Wild Area, using the Twin Sisters Trail as a loop.  On its south-eastern side, the Susquehannock Trail System connects to the Black Forest Trail via the North Link Trail (9 miles) & South Link Trail (6 miles).