Tuscarora State Park Trails

7.25 Miles

Trail Description

The trails wander through several habitats like mature deciduous forest, meadow and agricultural fields. Crow Trail: 1.4 miles, easiest hiking, yellow blazes. This old dirt road passes through many habitats, including mature deciduous forest, pine and larch plantation, grass fields, and overgrown meadow. This trail ends at the southern shore of Tuscarora Lake. Edge Trail: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking. This grass covered trail winds along the edge of a mature forest and agricultural fields. The trail provides access to Log Trail and the park office/visitor center. Lake View Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest hiking. This trail goes through the primary use area of Tuscarora State Park. It parallels the lake and provides several views including a nice view of the beach. Park employees sometimes drive this dirt trail. Laurel Trail: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking. Accessed from Log Trail or Edge Trail, this grassy road was used to cut trees that died from severe gypsy moth damage. This short loop provides views of mountain laurel and a mature forest. Locust Mountain Trail: 0.4 mile, more difficult hiking. An old fire access road winding through a mature deciduous forest on a fairly steep slope, this trail takes you from Crow Trail to the top of Locust Mountain. Log Trail: 0.3 mile, easiest hiking. This old logging road winds through a mature deciduous forest. It has a slight grade and connects to Laurel and Edge trails and the west end parking area. Spirit of Tuscarora Trail: 4.5 miles, more difficult hiking; red, white and yellow blazes. This is a trail of varying terrain and land features. The trail meanders along Tuscarora Lake and Locust Creek and through several habitats like mature deciduous forest, mature eastern hemlock stand, late successional field, rhododendron thicket and a wetland meadow. Highlights include year-round seasonal wildflowers, large milkweed patch for monarch butterflies, freshwater mussels, abundant neo-tropical songbirds and the “Spirit Tree” for which the trail is named.

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