Harrisburg, PA: Governor Dick Park

This 7.9-mile stretch of Pennsylvania's historic 140-mile Horse-Shoe Trail boasts lookout-tower views, isolated terrain, and plenty of wildlife.
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This 7.9-mile stretch of Pennsylvania's historic 140-mile Horse-Shoe Trail boasts lookout-tower views, isolated terrain, and plenty of wildlife.

-Mapped by Michael Pavelek II

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.8

Waypoints

HST001

Location: 40.2528495788574, -76.4334106445312

From Horse-Shoe Trail post, follow paved road N past gate; scan mixed hardwoods on L for unique rock formations

HST002

Location: 40.2595863342285, -76.4359817504883

L @ 3-way; gently rolling, woodsy terrain. In .5 mi., pass park trail on L

HST003

Location: 40.2586059570312, -76.4509048461914

Trail zigs L, heading S on old road for climb up Gov. Dick Hill. In 300 yds., park access trail enters on L

HST004

Location: 40.249137878418, -76.4546890258789

Keep straight @ 3-way on ridge top. In 200 yds., bear L, then quick R @ Y for final ascent to lookout (66-ft. concrete cylinder)

HST005

Location: 40.2463798522949, -76.4557495117188

Climb tower for treetop views of Gov. Dick Park. Then descend, heading S. Caution: Mtn. bike trails intersect HST

HST006

Location: 40.2396202087402, -76.4599990844726

Bear L @ Y with road to Gov. Dick Environmental Center

HST007

Location: 40.2368583679199, -76.4604873657226

Cross Pinch Rd. and head SW

HST008

Location: 40.2344169616699, -76.4660568237305

Straight @ 3-way with state game land access trail; pass boulders on L

HST009

Location: 40.2310485839844, -76.4731063842774

Turn L @ T, passing state game land feedlot on R; grains planted here nourish wildlife. Watch for cardinals, wild turkeys

HST010

Location: 40.2353401184082, -76.4979553222656

Straight @ 3-way past feedlot; Eastern box turtles munch on mushrooms

HST011

Location: 40.2351112365723, -76.5086288452148

Cross road (watch for equestrians). In .9 mi., HST intersects Rail Trail, enters marsh (frogs, ducks, red-winged blackbirds)

HST012

Location: 40.2373580932617, -76.5244827270508

Carefully cross PA 341; follow trail NE along small creek

HST013

Location: 40.2453804016113, -76.5239181518555

Shuttle back or retrace route @ parking area