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Raystown Lake - Terrace Mountain Trail Brochure

Raystown Lake - Terrace Mountain Trail Brochure



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Published by: Andy Osier on Jun 28, 2008
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The 27-mile Terrace Mountain Trailtraverses the entire eastern side ofRaystown Lake, providingan opportunity forchallenging day andovernight hikes throughremote and ruggedterrain. You can accessthe trail at sevenlocations: Weaver Falls,Lake Raystown Resort,Tatman Run RecreationArea, Trough Creek StatePark, the intersection of John Bum and Fink Roadsin Rothrock State Forest,Hawn’s Road cul-de-sacand Corbin’s Bridge.Overnight camping withpotable water is available at LakeRaystown Resort (miles 4.5 and5.5) and Trough Creek State Park(mile 11.9); primitive camping ispermitted in designated locationsalong the trail. The trail is markedwith blue blazes and mileposts.Beginning at the south end of thelake near Weaver Falls, the first fiveand a half miles of the trail followsthe old Tressler logging road ontothe wooded slopes of TerraceMountain. During a steep one-mileclimb, you can stop for water atPutt’s Boy Scout Camp (mile 2.8).Baltimore District
Raystown Lake • R.D. #1, Box 222 • Hesston, PA 16647-9227Baltimore District • US Army Corps of EngineersPO Box 1715 • Baltimore, MD 21203-1715
mountain trail
Steep shalebarrens aroundthe lakeprovide a dry,almost desert-like habitatthat supportsunusual plantlife, includingBarrens EveningPrimrose andHairy Lip Fern.
raystown lake
the downhill trail hugs the lakebefore climbing to rejoin theother spur at mile 16.6.At mile 18, an overnight shelter isdesignated for construction usinglumber harvested from thesurrounding woods. Wildlife use thearea extensively because thetopography of the land funnels theminto that area. A sign of wildlife thatis often found in this area is “turkeyscratching,” small patches of bareground made when wild turkeys rakeaway the leaves and debris in thesearch for food. At mile 22.5, if youlook directly across the lake, you willsee Susquehanock Campground.The last 10 miles of trail are underconstruction and difficult to travel insome areas. The trail crossesseveral old natural gas andpetroleum pipeline areasbefore passingRaystown Dam andcontinuing above theRaystown branch ofthe Juniata River andending at Corbin’sBridge, mile 27, nearthe PA Fish & BoatCommission PointAccess Area.A high stonefence indicatesa successfulfarm waslocated here.
For updated trail conditions, shelter construction updates, ormore information, visit our website:
 What Did You Do on Your Hike?
Kids, fill out the hiking journal below and bring thispage to the Visitors Center for a free
"I Hiked theTerrace Mountain Trail"
certificate!• I hiked ___ miles.• I saw _______________________________________• I heard ______________________________________• I touched ____________________________________• I smelled ____________________________________• What I liked best _____________________________
 What Did You Find on Your Hike?
Try to spot the items below on the trail:Shale barrensStone FenceGreat Trough CreekTatman RunAnimal tracksIce MineMilepostOvernight shelterPine coneTurkey scratchingRaystown LakeRaystown DamThe trail continues through maturehardwood forest dominated by hickory,oak and maple, with spectacularspring wildflowers.At mile 7.1, the trail crosses TatmanRun at one of two steep valleys alongthe ridge. A quarter-mile access roadat mile 7.3 leads to Tatman RunAccess Area, with picnicking, drinkingwater and beach facilities. At mile 8.1,the trail passesthrough RothrockState Forest, adesignatedwildarea protected fromfuture development.Close to mile12, the trailcrosses GreatTrough Creekvia a woodenfootbridge. Cooloff on a hotsummer day bystepping down intothe ice mine, whereice is usually presentfrom spring throughAugust. At mile 16.4,the trail splits: Theuphill trail shortcutsalong the ridge, andMountain biking and horseback riding arepermitted along sections of the TerraceMountain Trail.Be courteous to hikers.

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