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Kelly's Run and the Pinnacle

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Distance: 2.8 miles


This nearly-3-mile day hike takes you into a ravine stocked with rhododendron and swimming holes, then steeply ascends to The Pinnacle, an overlook of the Susquehanna River. This can be done either as a shuttle or a 6-mile out-and-back.
  • The Pinnacle
  • River vista
  • Kelly's Run
  • Rhododendron

Deep inside the heart of Amish country is Kelly's Run and The Pinnacle, two wild features which can been seen in one day hike. Start at Holtwood Park along the Kelly's Run Trail, passing sky-reaching oaks and maples on your way into a deep ravine. The trail zig zags across Kelly's Run, which trickles into several large swimming holes on its way to the Susquehanna River. At a collection of sugar maples near the river, turn right onto the Conestoga Trail and ascend to The Pinnacle, where from time to time, a person can spy a bald eagle swooping over the water.

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Tara Herrmann
Jun 05, 2013

I followed the directions from http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2011/04/kellys-run-pinnacle-tucquan-glen-nature.html but you can also follow http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id96.html. This hike is so beautiful. You feel like you are in the middle of Jurrasic Park with the building high rocks, lush green fauna and rolling water. This is a very wet and in some places steep trail with bouldering. Wear appropriate footwear and watch out for snakes. We encountered several on the rocky climb to the Pinnacle. The section of the "loop" hike using the logging road and corn field is uphill, boring and unscenic. I would reccomend doing the trail as an "out and back" along Kelly's Run instead. Instead of starting At the edge of the field just follow the orange blazing past the pavillion at the opposite end of the park.

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