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This might be the roughest trail in the park, traveling over rocky and wet terrain.

Wear good shoes on this trail because the surface can be rocky in some places and wet in other areas. The trail begins at the nature center and climbs past a large diabase rock outcropping that once formed the beginning of the long abandoned toboggan run. The trail then crosses Gravel Trail and eventually splits into two branches that connect along the top of Straight Hill to form a loop. The habitat is mostly maturing oak and hickory forest. A number of old stone walls provide reminders of long abandoned efforts at cultivation.

Directions: From Harrisburg, PA, Take Interstate 83 to the Lewisberry Exit 15. Travel southwest on SR 177 approximately 6 - 7 miles, turn left on Alpine Road, just before the park entrance. Follow Alpine Road to the Conewago Day Use Area. On the west end of the lakeside parking lot, there is a nature center at which point the trail begins.

Elevation: 250 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 1.4 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Gifford Pinchot State Park, Pennsylvania

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