Conococheague Mountain

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Conococheague Mountain
Conococheague Mountain is located in Pennsylvania
Conococheague Mountain
Conococheague Mountain
Location of Round Top on Conococheague Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 2,190 ft (670 m) [1]
Coordinates 40°14′41″N 77°40′58″W / 40.2448062°N 77.6827682°W / 40.2448062; -77.6827682Coordinates: 40°14′41″N 77°40′58″W / 40.2448062°N 77.6827682°W / 40.2448062; -77.6827682[2]
Geography
Location Perry and Franklin counties, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Topo map USGS Blain, Blairs Mills, Doylesburg, McCoysville, and Spruce Hill

Conococheague Mountain is a long and narrow mountain located in the far western corner of Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States. The highest point on the mountain is a summit known as Round Top which rises to an elevation of 2,190 feet (670 m) and is located at the very southern end of the ridge.[1] The mountain is almost entirely located in the Tuscarora State Forest, and has numerous hiking trails and dirt roads, including Bryner Road, New Germantown Road, and the Iron Horse Trail. The nearest town to the mountain is Blain.

History[edit]

Bryner Road on Conococheague Mountain

The mountain was logged around the turn of the 20th century, and continues to be logged to this day. Beech, oak and hemlock are the most common species of tree. There are also several groves of white pine, which were planted for logging purposes. A logging mill was located at nearby Fowlers Hollow State Park, which was turned into a campsite and picnic area in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

On March 18, 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources called for volunteers to clean up an illegal dumpsite at the top of the mountain, which had just been named one of the state’s "Dirty Dozen" under the state's Forest Lands Beautification Program.[3] On April 6, twenty volunteers tackled the Burns Valley Overlook site, removing tires and trash from the mountain with contractors removing trash for proper disposal and recycling. The volunteers and contractors removed seven tons of trash, 1.7 short tons (1,500 kg) of scrap metal for recycling, and 402 tires, restoring the site so that the views can be enjoyed.[4]

Activities[edit]

The mountain supports wildlife populations of deer, bear, turkey and grouse. Numerous hunting camps located along the Sherman Creek valley travel up the mountain every year to pursue game, most commonly deer and turkey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Round Top". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Round Top". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  3. ^ "DCNR seeks community volunteers to help clan up Tuscarora State Forest" (Press release). Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. 2002-03-18. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Tuscarora State Forest, Conococheague Cleanup". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forest Lands Beautification Program. 2002-05-06. Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 

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