This week we took the opportunity to visit the overlook at State Game Lands 225 in Lebanon County. These game lands are located on South Mountain in Mill Creek Township. If you've ever been to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area you've probably seen South Mountain sitting just across Rt 897. It's barely over the Lebanon County line and easily visible from Middlecreek.
There are two parking lots along Cocalico Road that allow foot access to SGL 225. The map below will lead you to where we parked. There you will find a fairly wide, level, and clear path into the woods.
It's an easy hike as you head westward. As you reach the western edge of SGL 225 the trail turns north towards the peak. This is were the trail get's a little physical. It's not bad, but it does become rocky as you make your way to the peak.
The peak itself is covered in rocks. When we initially got there we were a little concerned about how we would climb the rocks safely with a 5 year old. Fortunately we notice that someone(s) took the time to make a nice set of steps by carefully stacking the stones.
You'll notice in the pictures below that steps aren't the only thing being built. I've been told that this area is known by locals as "The Project". In addition to the steps there are at least two structures that could almost be used as little playhouses minus roofs. Definitely cool to see the time and detail that's been put into stacking these large stones. You can even make out the one structure from the satelite imagery on Google Maps.
Overall it was a lovely hike. The hike itself is less than a mile of pretty easy hiking. While we didn't see any wildlife the area is home to deer, grey squirrels, turkey, red fox, raccoon, minks, as well as a few bird species.
WARNING: SLG 225 IS OPEN TO PUBLIC HUNTING. PLEASE BE AWARE OF HUNTING SEASONS AND DRESS APPROPRIATLY WITH BLAZE ORANGE AND OTHER BRIGHT COLORS.
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