Preserves

Protecting the land, providing recreation

Holtwood


Conestoga Trail

This 15-mile section of the trail follows the east side of Lake Aldred from Lock 12 to Martic Forge. Built by the Lancaster Hiking Club mostly on PPL land, this rugged trail is for experienced hikers. You'll get a great feel for the wilderness and spectacular views of the river hills. The trolley bed section along Pequea Creek provides easier walking. The Mason-Dixon & Conestoga Trails, a descriptive topographic map, is available.

The trail starts at the Martic Forge Hotel, which was once an old trolley station, and passes Colemanville/Martic Forge Covered Bridge. The bridge, a replica of the original bridge built in 1856, is 183 feet long and spans the Pequea Creek. The trail also passes the entrance to Wind Cave. Wind Cave is one of the largest tectonic caves in the eastern United States.

For a map showing how to get there, click click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Holtwood hydroelectric plant is currently under construction. Traffic and recreational access is limited in the Holtwood Dam area during construction, which is expected to be complete in 2013.

To read more and see a map of the restricted area, click here.

Kelly's Run Pinnacle Trail System

Accessible from the Holtwood Recreation Area and from Pinnacle Overlook, this trail system provides six miles of loop trails with scenic hiking in the Kelly's Run Natural Area. The trail is a National Recreation Trail.

Kelly's Run Trail is four miles long. It takes approximately 2½ hours for an experienced hiker to complete. Although this trail is challenging, requiring careful footing over rocks and some steep climbs, the scenery makes it well worth the effort. The trail follows Kelly's Run as it works its way to the Susquehanna River, passing through deep cliffs of Wissahickon schist. Along the trail you can see a broad diversity of plants dominated by ancient hemlocks, chestnut, oak, rhododendron and mountain laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower. Kelly's Run is one of many areas PPL has designated as a "natural area," which means the area will remain protected in its natural state.

Pinnacle Overlook offers a breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River valley. It's the perfect place for a picnic. It has water and toilet facilities. The overlook is located on the east side of the Susquehanna River, just off River Road via Pinnacle Road.

For a map showing how to get there, click here.
To view the Kellys Run Pinacle Trail System brochure click here.
Kellys Run Pinacle Trail System brochure (Print Version)

PLEASE NOTE: The Holtwood hydroelectric plant is currently under construction. Traffic and recreational access is limited in the Holtwood Dam area during construction, which is expected to be complete in 2013.

To read more and see a map of the restricted area, click here

Mason-Dixon Trail

About 15 miles of this trail traverses the York County side of Lake Aldred. Some PPL land is used for the trail. Built by the Mason-Dixon Trail System Inc., it extends from the Horseshoe Trail near Philadelphia to the Appalachian Trail near Harrisburg.

The area from Lock 12 to Otter Creek is one of the more scenic trails in Pennsylvania. A small store is located at Otter Creek Campground, the northern end of this section. There are many good parking areas along this stretch of trail. This is a beautiful but difficult day-hike. The trail is blue-blazed throughout.

The Oakland run area is a scenic stream with many small waterfalls.

For a map showing how to get there, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Holtwood hydroelectric plant is currently under construction. Traffic and recreational access is limited in the Holtwood Dam area during construction, which is expected to be complete in 2013.

To read more and see a map of the restricted area, click here.

Urey Overlook Trail

The Urey Overlook Trail leads to a scenic vista that offers a spectacular view of Lake Aldred, the lake formed by the Holtwood dam, and the forest-covered hills along the Susquehanna River.

The trail and overlook are nestled in a quiet part of southeastern York County in Lower Chanceford Township. Pennsylvania Water & Power Co. (a predecessor of PPL) purchased the property from the Urey family in the early 1900s as part of its Holtwood Hydroelectric Project. Later, Glatfelter Pulp Wood Co. bought land, including what is now known as the overlook, from the utility company. In the late 1960s, both companies agreed to maintain the pristine overlook and preserve a short foot trail to the site.

To reach Urey Overlook, follow Route 425 east from Airville to Otter Creek Recreation Area. Park there and continue on Route 425 on foot and pick up the blue trail blazes to the overlook.

For a map showing how to get there, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Holtwood hydroelectric plant is currently under construction. Traffic and recreational access is limited in the Holtwood Dam area during construction, which is expected to be complete in 2013.

To read more and see a map of the restricted area, click here.