The Tuscarora State Forest has always had a place in my heart, mainly because I grew up just a few miles away and spent much of my youth there. This natural area spans across Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties and measures approximately 95,780 acres.
As a dual-sport motorcycle enthusiast, the Tuscarora State Forest is my go-to place to get my fix of off-road riding. One can easily ride the first roads in this area for an entire day and still not explore all of the reaches of the forest land. Make sure you stop to take in the scenery of the many outlooks in the area. There’s also many hiking trails for all hiking abilities. The Tuscarora State Forest is only an hour from Harrisburg making it an easy resource for outdoor activities.
This video begins on 3 Square Hollow Road near Newburg, PA, entering the Tuscarora State Forest from Cumberland County. Then meeting with Laural Run Road which runs through a large section in Perry County and passes Pioneer Cemetery. Making a left just past Pioneer Cemetery I ride up Wolf Road which leads to Horsehead Rocks overlook and the Doubling Gap Overlook. Wolf Road then becomes Bower Mountain Road which heads back west through the state forest.
I left Harrisburg on my BMW F650GS Twin around 1:30pm and returned home around 6pm. It took me about 20 minutes to find the entry to the state forest on 3 Square Hollow Road, and I also stopped to take in some scenery and hiking. This barely scratches the surface of what the Tuscarora State Forest has to offer.
The Yellow Breeches Creek is almost always deep enough to paddle. Though it doesn’t offer a lot in terms of technical rapids, it’s a great place to kayak on a hot day. This is also a great place for me to test out the GoPro Hero Session.
Falling Branch (Kilgore) Falls is located in Rock State Park in Harford County, Maryland. The waterfall is the second largest in Maryland and is just over an hour drive from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It’s a short hike from the parking area to the waterfall. Make note that you will need to walk across rocks put in place to reach the other side of the stream to access the waterfall. Depending on the level of the creek, these rocks may be partially submerged.
Directions to the parking area for the trail head can be found by plugging this address into your GPS.
1026 Falling Branch Road
Pylesville, MD 21132