Great Final Hike Near York

York, PA

A couple weeks ago we received an email from Barb Nealon, who taught science at Southern Middle School while John was principal (one of his best hires!).  Barb is an avid hiker and since she follows this blog, and knows we also love to hike, she asked if we would like to go hiking with her before we left town.  The first time that it would work for both schedules was our last Sunday in York.  So Sunday morning we met at a local mall parking lot and Barb drove us across the Susquehanna River to a good hiking spot along the river in Lancaster County.  We drove south on winding roads near the river until we came to the Tocquan Glen Nature Preserve.  There are a number of trails there that lead along the Tocquan Creek until it empties into the Susquehanna.

Barb and John on the first leg of the hike

Along the Susquehanna River with York County on the other side

Once you reach the Susquehanna it is necessary to walk along the railroad tracks a bit to find the next part of the trail.

At one point Barb needed to move a small rock formation blocking the trail.

Our goal was to hike up to the Pinnacle Overlook, the highest point along the river in this area.  The hike up to the top was very steep and, in some spots, required some use of the hands for balance.

But the climb was worth it to experience the great view at the top.

Finally, a great spot for lunch with a view!

As any good science teacher will tell you, what goes up must come down.  So after enjoying lunch, we headed back down, a climb made more challenging by all the leaves covering the trail.

At the bottom of the hill the trail turned back toward the parking area and followed the Tucquan Creek.  The large rocks along the creek created some nice waterfalls along the way.

Henry David Thoreau ponders the meaning of life!

This hike was a great way to end our prolonged stay in York.  John and Barb had a nice time talking about their experiences at Southern Middle School and then Susquehannock High School.  The changing leaves, great views, beautiful weather, and a challenging trail made for a great day.  Thanks, Barb ! ! !

Ah, finally it’s time to hit the road again.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) we fire up the diesel and head south.  Our first stop will be in Cherry Hill RV Park, just outside of Washington, DC.  We have some time to kill before an appointment in South Carolina to have the motorhome serviced, so we decided to spend a couple of days riding our bikes around the capital.

More on that later . . .

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15 Responses to Great Final Hike Near York

  1. gayle says:

    Hi – I’ve been following your blog for a little while now – and I live not too far from York – in North Baltimore County in MD – near Hereford.

    I was wondering if the hike you describe is a circuit hike or an out and back? I love circuit hikes and your pictures look like it was a fun day.

    Thanks – enjoy your time in DC.

    Gayle
    ps – I have a 13ft Scamp that I wasn’t able to take out as much as I had hoped to this year – hope to do more camping next year!!!

  2. You guys find the best hiking spots no matter where you stop! Be careful on your drive south. The migration of snowbirds has begun and that can make the drive a little hairy.

  3. Lisa says:

    YAY…on the road again…tomorrow! That looked like a doozy of a hike, hope you find more along the road!

  4. Gay Taylor says:

    What a great way to end your stay…I so miss our hikes! We just haven’t had time here.
    Biking around the capital sounds like a lot of fun! Enjoy!
    Safe travels..

  5. I love this hike. It looks so awesome and what fantastic views. That scramble up and down looks a bit more challenging with all the leaves…maybe a bit slippery.

    The photo of you two by the waterfall is super. You need to print that one and frame it.

    Yea….you are on the road again. Safe travels! Washington DC must have known you were coming. They are open for business as usual.

  6. Ingrid says:

    Good to see you back on the trails and now back on the road….yep I hear Willie Nelson singing in the background “On the road again”……safe travels :-)

  7. How nice to end your long stay with such a great hike. Safe travels! Look forward to seeing what you think about FL this winter.
    Gayle

    • placestheygo says:

      Gayle, we did FL our first two winters when we fulltimed so we know exactly where we are going. That’s why it is hard to return to FL because I know there aren’t any beautiful rocks, or mountains, or hiking trials.

  8. Allison says:

    Beautiful hike! Parts of the East are so lovely this time of the year. The scrambling part looked fun going up, down maybe not so much. Enjoy your time in DC. We haven’t been there for several years, I wouldn’t mind going back, but my beloved is still not convinced.

  9. LuAnn says:

    Looks like an awesome hike. The view from the top is spectacular, as is that trademark photo of your hiking boots. Looking forward to your adventures in DC. :)

  10. That is a beautiful capture of the river! Isn’t it a great feeling to get a good hike, a hike with a reward at the end? Looking forward to some beach time!

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