I usually do an internet search every few weeks for the term Mason-Dixon Trail
to see if there are any interesting articles or videos that we could link to
from this site. The last time that I did so I came across a few web sites
It is about 216 miles from Dillsburg, PA (the nearest town to the western terminous of the M-DT) to Core, WV if one drives. This is where the Mason-Dixon Historical Park is located. This park is jointly owned by Greene County and Monongalia County, WV. One can hike, fish, rent a pavillion or camp there. Linked to that site is another interesting local web site called Mason-Dixon Line Western Crossings. Maintained by Pete Zapadka, he talks about the markers and the history of the Mason-Dixon Line. He also mentions an annual hike in Mason-Dixon Historical Park to commemorate Mason & Dixon laying the last stone. The next one is Sunday, October 16, 2016. They plan to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the end of the Mason-Dixon Line Survey with a festival on October 14-15, 2017. There is also a Mason-Dixon Park that is north of 'The Line' in Mount Morris / Greene County, PA. It is privately run and specializes in various festivals and reunions.
So is it conceivable to extend the Mason-Dixon Trail out west to this location? Probably not. We have a tough time keeping the 200 miles that we have maintained and open. But could one hike from the M-DT western terminous at Whiskey Springs, PA to the Mason-Dixon Historical Park near Core, WV?
Doing a bit of research, I came up with a possible solution. One could pick up the Appalachian Trail at Whiskey Springs, PA, take it 92 miles south to the C&O Canal at Harpers Ferry, WV and take the C&O Canal Toepath about 125 miles west to Cumberland, MD. From there it gets a bit dicey. One would then have to take a series of rural roads to Coopers Rock State Forest, WV, a distance of about 80 miles. From Coopers Rock State Forest to Core, WV is 22 miles. And then to the park is another 3 miles north. Resupply along the last stretch could be an issue.
Since you can't walk on the interstates a walking trek would end up being about 322 miles. Ouch. I think I'll just drive it. You never know, the M-DT could be extended to Core, WV some day. But seriously, the western end of the Mason-Dixon line looks like a neat place to spend a few days exploring.
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