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Written By Silas Chamberlin
Our “Take a Hike!” series will periodically feature a favorite day hike or bike on the D&L Trail. The first installment is a hike or bike on the section of trail between White Haven and Moosehead Lake, with an optional extension to Glen Summit for the adventurous. For those of you familiar with the sections of the D&L Trail that follow the canal towpath, this section of relatively isolated rail trail will be a refreshing change. Expect to see a series of marshes, pristine Moosehead Lake, and lots of wildlife.
White Haven to Moosehead Lake
Total Distance: 11 miles round trip (optional 5.2 mile extension)
Trail Surface: rolled cinder and ballast
Activities: hiking and biking
Trailhead amenities: parking
Click here to download a .pdf map of the trail section.
Park at the White Haven North trailhead and travel north on D&L Trail.
1.6 – intersection with Middleburg Rd. Travel SW (left) on Middleburg Rd. for 400 ft. to regain trail on right.
3.06 – pass over the “Recycled Bridge”
3.96 – scenic overlook of lake with bench
5.02 – trail narrows; “Indian Cave” ahead on right
5.44 – Moosehead Lake
Turn around for 11 mile round trip
Optional: Continue north from Mooshead Lake for 5.2 miles to reach Glen Summit. The trail is unimproved, with large ballast, and is suitable only for experienced hikers and riders. Schedule pickup at intersection of Lake Road and Pine Lane in Glen Summit.
Click here to see Bill O’Hara’s photos from his ride on this section.
Did you take this hike? Have you biked this section in the past? Leave a comment and let us know about it! Send your photos to [email protected]