|Safe Harbor South
Over eighty bolted single pitch sport routes along an abandoned railroad bed, a bit south of Safe Harbor Dam. Many of these have updated stainless steel hardware since their reopening in 2011, while some include 1980's or earlier vintage bolts and cold shuts.
Approaching from south to north, the climbing sectors reached (in order) are: Blood Sugar Magic, Electric Co., Tenuous Odyssey, Machismo, Super Slab, Autumn Arch, the Righteous and the Wicked, Numero Uno, Train in Vain, and Hydroman.
Eric Hörst's Safe Harbor Climbing website has a few mini-guide to climbing the south areas. The area divisions used here are his.
From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, take New Danville Pike south to Conestoga (5 miles from Central Park, Lancaster). Turn right on Main Street (3 1/2 miles). When Main Street ends in a T-intersection, turn left of River Road, and you will drive through Safe Harbor Park.
If your party has more than one vehicle, leave them at the park, and carpool from there.
Continue on River Road south for over a mile. Turn right on the winding and rural Green Hill Road. After around a mile, the pavement ends. Follow the road right and downhill, following a flower preserve sign. You'll reach the tunnel shortly. Park your carpool on the side of the road on either side of the tunnel, making sure not to block traffic. There's enough room for many vehicles to park here.
On the uphill side of the tunnel off Green Hill Road, follow a side trail uphill next to high tension power lines. It will connect you to the old rail trail (with no rails left) where it crosses over the top of the tunnel.
Warning: If you end up on the lower rail trail, with rails and trains running on it, you're off-route.
Hike the rail trail north to the first sector of Safe Harbor South (around 1/2 mile).
115 Total Routes
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Blood Sugar Magic 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PA
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One of the best at Safe Harbor. Granted it is short, but there is no fluff on this route.Start at the base of the crack and diagonal up and left using underclings, laybacks and the occassional jam to a pair of cold shuts. Use caution getting to the second bolt. From bolt 1 to 2 the climbing is mid to hard 5.11 and you could hit the ground if you blow it....[more] Browse More Classics in PA
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Looking upstream at Safe Harbor Dam from the south...
The Dam at Safe Harbor
Sunset over the Susquehanna, from Safe Harbor Sout...
Our very own "carriage road"
the tunnel at the far side parking