Explore Pillsbury Crossing


A Manhattan summer is not complete without a stop at Pillsbury Crossing!

What started as an early pioneer crossing has now been enjoyed recreationally by locals for years. Pillsbury Crossing is a large natural limestone rock that allows for crossing of pedestrians and vehicles through Deep Creek. Located six miles southeast of Manhattan, this is a must-see nature area for the whole family! Stay for a few hours or make this a whole day excursion.

Getting to Pillsbury Crossing

Pillsbury Crossing Lane & Pillsbury Crossing Road

Pillsbury Crossing can be accessed from many routes; the most common and easiest route starts on Deep Creek Road off of 177. Follow the beautifully scenic paved Deep Creek Road approximately four miles until you come to the fork in the road that transitions into the gravel Pillsbury Crossing Road. Drive a little over two miles on the gravel road until you see the Pillsbury Crossing Lane sign to the right, take this right and it will lead you right there!


Parking area at Pillsbury Crossing
Parking to the left or straight ahead


Parking can be found on either side of the crossing; each parking area leads to nature trails for exploration on foot.

Explore Pillsbury Crossing

View of Pillsbury Crossing in Manhattan
View from one of the trails at Pillsbury Crossing

If you’d like to explore on the water, bring your kayak or canoe, and don’t forget to pack life jackets! Exploring the large flat crossing area is the most popular way to enjoy this area, water shoes are highly encouraged, however, swimming is prohibited. Pillsbury Crossing features a beautiful 60-foot-long, 5-foot-high waterfall on the northeast area of the crossing. Be cautious if climbing the large rocks, they are often slippery and snakes are commonly reported. Pillsbury Crossing is a popular fishing spot, and is known to have catfish, bass, and carp.


Restrooms are on site and camping is allowed with a permit. Alcohol is prohibited. Other items you will want to bring include sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, water, towels, lawn chairs and/or umbrellas, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

Public Restrooms at Pillsbury Crossing
Public Restrooms

Heading Home

Zeandale Park Playground

On your way home you can follow directions back to 177 or take a scenic route through Zeandale. From Pillsbury Crossing Lane drive east to Tabor Valley Road, turn north and follow to Zeandale Road. Stop for a picnic and let the kiddos play at Zeandale Park. Turn west on Zeandale Road and follow it back to 177.


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