Take a Hike!
No, really, take a hike. The Mason-Dixon Trail (M-DT) is a 199-mile blue-blazed trail that connects the Appalachian Trail in Cumberland County, PA with the Brandywine Trail in Chadds Ford, PA. During its journey, it travels through Harford County, Maryland along the Susquehanna River.
In Harford County, the Mason-Dixon Trail stretches for 22.5 miles through Harford County along the Susquehanna River from Havre de Grace to the Pennsylvania line. The trail covers 15 miles on actual trail and 7.5 miles along public roads. It travels from Hatem Bridge in Havre de Grave to McLhinney Park where it follows the North Park Loop Trail (Joe K’s Trail) then heads north-west traveling by Vulcan Quarry and Meadowvale Elementary School and eventually entering Susquehanna State Park. From there it follows the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail up to Fisherman’s Park and Conowingo Dam. The trail then continues up the Susquehanna River passing by the Conowingo Visitor’s Center, where it crosses Rt-1 and then travels up through Rigbie Farm, Glen Cove Marina, Indian Lake Christian Camp and the Broad Creek Boat Launch where it crosses Broad Creek by way of Flintville Road. From there it goes through the Boy Scout Area, passing by the Harford County Sheriff’s Firing Range and heading farther north-west to the Mason-Dixon Line (MD/PA state line) located at the intersection of Tabernacle and Cooper Roads.
The trail is marked with “blazes” marking directions such as turn right or continue straight.
The Mason-Dixon Trail System, incorporated in 1979, is a non-profit tax-exempt, all-volunteer organization that maintains the trail and helps educate the public in responsible outdoor recreation.
Each November, they hold the MDT Challenge, a 7-mile run/hike on the Mason-Dixon Trail. The out-and-back course begins and ends at the Glen Cove Marina. Participants will be given a wristband at the Broad Creek boat launch; they must have the wristband at the finish line. The ‘challenge’ includes the task of navigating the course by following the trail blazes for direction and remaining on the trail.
Information can be found at ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?
Hiking the Mason-Dixon Trail is a great way to get some exercise and see our beautiful county. So, take a hike!