Mason Dixon at Indian Lake  LbNA # 16955

Placed DateJul 23 2005
LocationDarlington, MD
Planted ByErik    
Found By Otis' Friends
Last Found Feb 9 2008
Hike Distance?

Mason Dixon at Indian Lake

Head North on 623 from Route 1 in Darlington. Follow signs to the Glen Cove Marina and park there.

On foot, cross the steel bridge heading North on the Mason Dixon trail. The blue blazes will be your friends today. Just before the mighty Susquehanna, look to the right for the ruins of the old house. Perhaps these early settlers overlooked the town of Conowingo before the dam sent it to a watery grave. There are no clues there, just a brief glance into the past.

Continue on the trail and traverse the winding hill. When you come to the clearing and if it’s during July, the wild blackberries and raspberries will be a welcome treat. When you finally come to the bench, have a seat. Count the number of arches on the bridge you see. Remember this number as you will need it later. Stand up from your brief respite and walk towards the water, counting off the number of paces equal to the letters in Mr. Dixon’s first name. Rotate 180° and look for the unnatural object that was not likely to have been here when Mr. Mason and Mr. Dixon trekked this area in 1761. It is beneath that object that you will find your next clue.

When you get to the clue’s destination, pretend you are the one who would use this place and stand where they would stand. Facing your parishioners at 221°, look for the sign and go to it. Count the number of letters in the last 3 words on the sign and proceed that many awkward paces towards the water, heading for the biggest tree you see. When you stop, measure a distance in feet towards that big tree equal to the number of arches you saw earlier. Below the solid rock on which you stand, much like the ashes of John Huss, you will find that which you seek.

Difficulty rating: 3 out of 5. Total hike time to find and return: Approximately 2 hours, barring complications. Total hike distance: approximately 2 miles. Some parts have very rugged terrain and the spiders love to spin webs across the bring a stick unless you like the feeling of being tangled in spider webs! You will need a compass and some knowledge of those who the trail is named after.