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So I'm thinking about taking monday and tuesday off next week to go on my annual b-day hike. Was making my way through midatlantic hikes when I came across the Tuscarora Standing Stone Loop. Looks interesting and I'm willing to bet it will be empty during the work week.

Can anybody recommend a nice place to set up a tent? Other than the lake, is there water on the trail?

I'm looking for someplace other than my usual spot. I'm willing to drive a few hours, so if this doesn't work out I'm open to other suggestions.


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Let me get back to you on that. I just got back from a backbacking trip.

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This trail is probably pretty empty on weekends too. :)

The only other reliably present water other than in the Park would be from the South Branch Little Aughwick Creek that parallels the Tuscarora, it is perennial as it is downstream of the lake's dam, and carries the usual surface water precautions (it's also downstream of the State Park sewage plant with a paved road on the other side).

One could continue the loop to the north and make a figure-eight with the Todd Trail (Old SST) and the new SST. SST Map 4 (not the MidAtlantic Hikes map) shows a water drip symbol in the Narrows, the better campsite is actually on the old SST a few yards upstream/south of the northerly old/new SST junction in the Narrows. This alternative site would be much more isolated, although private land is just to the northwest on the other side of the ridge. The water is still surface water but a headwater stream that flows only from state forest and undeveloped gun club land.

The excursion to the aforementioned campsite would add about 2.5 miles and a re-climb of Cove Mountain to the hike as described by MR.

SST Map 4 also shows "Loop Trail" which is not maintained to backpacking standards, that's for the intrepid dayhiking explorer.
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Yeah, whenever you do the hike, once you leave the lake area you likely won't see anyone on the trails.  It is likely that along the Tuscarora Trail section some of the small side streams will still be flowing, so the Little Aughwick will likely not be you only choice along that section.

And I do recommend extending the loop as suggested.  And you may want to consider an excursion on the Loop Trail, (over the small western ridge; as on Cove Mountain, while it exists on the west slope, but not on the east slope).  There is an ever changing view on the west side of the Loop Trail as you ascend/descend the ridge.  Of course, I'm not sure how much I'd want to hike the Loop Trail while it is still rattlesnake season.  But the main figure eight circuit will be especially worth it.

Maybe do a day trip on the Loop Trail in the colder months, but when there would not be snow or ice.


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These guys pretty much summed it up. If I had my druthers I'd look for a side stream as well, maybe even on the other side of the creek.

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This looks like a cool loop, I need to check it out sometime.  I miss hiking in the ridge and valley region of south central PA.
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I've done this hike two time this year. This is one of my favourite hikes, especially once the leaves are off. The first was as an overnight trip in January. I would be amazed if you ran into anyone else on the trail. As Ki0eh said, if you head down the old standing stone trail near where it meets with the new standing stone trail there is camping there. We found a place to put 4 tents.
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