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With hot controversy cooled, Highpoint offers Susquehanna River view for the ages

The Mason-Dixon Trail passes over Highpoint, in this view to the south. It extends to Havre de Grace, Md., and Chadds Ford, Pa. Background posts: Private, public interests built Lake Marburg for manufacturing, recreation, York Safe & Lock faltered after owner’s death and Lauxmont breeds queries of great import – or little .

With all the controversy over Lauxmont Farms, it’s easy to overlook the offerings of the county park that’s emerged – Highpoint.
Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area is the official name of the 79-acre park.
Here are a few of its features, other than that view of the Susquehanna River, according to the York County Parks newsletter: …

– The Highpoint trail is a half-mile,110-vertical-foot walk to the park’s highest point.
– Along that trail, six waystops provide information. To see those waystops, without making the walk, visit: www.susquehannaheritage.org.
– When on the summit, visitors can walk part of the 193-mile Mason-Dixon Trail. The trail hits the Appalachian Trail on the north and heads into Maryland to the south before ending at Chadd’s Ford, Pa.
– Locally-quarried stone rest on the summit for seating.
Whatever else will be added for visitors in that region depends on the outcome of ongoing litigation between York County and the owners of Lauxmont Farms (viewable from the summit.)
One of the waystop markers, written by respected researcher June Evans, points out that development for 50 luxury homes had begun on Highpoint. Evidence of this development remains, she wrote, though most of the natural land features have been restored.
Perhaps those marks of development should be left intact as a visible reminder of how McMansions almost gobbled up this unreplaceable Highpoint land that now will be enjoyed by thousands for generations.