Martic Forge

River Road | Martic Township

 

This hike, that is a section of the Conestoga Trail, is perfect if you want to get out in nature but don't want to over exert yourself. The trail is very level with the exception of minor creek crossings. There are large rock formations along the trail, that become covered in icicles during winter months. The trail follows the Pequea Creek and allows you an impressive view of the Pequea Gorge, as well as the tranquil spot in the creek before the rapids known as Suzy's Hole. If you grew up in Lancaster County like I did, I'm sure you've been swimming at Suzy's Hole at some point during your teenage years. During the summer months this spot can become very crowded with people looking to cool off.



The trail follows what used to be the Pequea Trolley Line. Some of the stone abutments are still there today. At the one creek crossing there are homemade stairs and hand rails that add to the charm of the trail. The trail ends at the Colemanville Covered Bridge, by the Pequea Creek Campground. At this point you turn around and go back the way you came.


The first portion of the trail is part of Fox Hollow Nature Preserve which is part of the Lancaster Conservancy, the remainder is state game lands #288

 

Distance: 2.5 miles in and out trail

Difficulty: Medium Rare

Time: 45 min- 1 ½ hrs

Terrain: dirt | rocks | water | wooded

Activities: hiking | trail running | creek stomping | swimming | leashed dogs

Parking: pull-off

Restrooms: no

Website: lancasterconservancy.com

 
 

Directions:

From Lancaster city go south on N. Prince St/PA 222 S

Right onto PA 324 S/New Danville Pike

Left onto PA 324 S/ 741 E

At Cherry Hill Orchard go straight to continue on PA 324 S

Take PA 324 S for 6.4 miles

Turn left on River Rd.

Parking lot is on right immediately after turning onto River Rd.

 

Nearby Hikes:

Enola Low Grade Trail

Martic Township Park

Conestoga Trail (orange)

Steinman Run Nature Preserve

Trout Run Nature Preserve

 

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