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The Tuscarora Trail is a 250 mile alternate to the Appalachian Trail. Starting at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail in Shenandoah National Park, the trail heads northwest through Virginia across the Shenandoah Valley, then northeast as it travels through the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians of West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, reconnecting with the Appalachian Trail in central Pennsylvania on Blue Mountain, near the Darlington Shelter and the town of Duncannon.

The Tuscarora trail was established in the 1960s as an alternate alignment of the AT when it was feared that development would cause the closure of the AT along its present route through northern Virginia, Maryland, and southern Pennsylvania. Fortunately, that closure never happened, thanks to the National Scenic Trails Act of 1968, which protected the Appalachian Trail’s right-of-way.

Tuscarora Trail, 2020