Appalachian Trail

Location: Central & Eastern Pennsylvania
Trip Starts: Caledonia State Park
Trip Ends: Delaware River
Total Distance: 215.5 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Multi-Day Hike
More Information:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 West Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6331


This is a long section of the Appalachian Trail that covers over 200 miles in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. From Caledonia State Park, the Trail climbs a ridge and passes a series of shelters and the Milesburn PATC cabin. At the Iron Master’s Mansion Youth Hostel, the A.T. enters Pine Grove Furnace State Park where a historic furnace was used to smelt iron during the Revolutionary War. The park has campsites, picnic tables, a camp store and a public telephone on the premises. A marker north of the park marks the midway point between Georgia and Maine. (Although the true point varies from year to year due to trail reroutes, maintenance, etc.)

The A.T. continues past the Pine Grove Furnace, makes a gradual ascent up to South Mountain and then winds its way to Boiling Springs, an 18th century iron industry settlement. Today the small village is a busy tourist village and recreation area and it is a nice stop for hikers in southern Pennsylvania. The springs are some of the largest in the state and over 20,000 gallons flow from it daily. Duncannon is the next major stop on the Trail for the northbound hiker, and it is here that the A.T. crosses the Susquehanna River. The Trail then climbs Peter Mountain, passes by the Bleu Blaze Hostel, the PA 501 Shelter, and eventually reaches the small village of Port Clinton where camping is permitted at a pavilion in town.

The Appalachian Trail reaches the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border at the Delaware River and passes by the towns of Palmerton and Wind Gap en route. Delaware Water Gap is a small town on the river that has a nice hiker hostel at the Church of the Mountain. The church has held a weekly summer buffet in the past, and has invited any hungry hiker to attend.

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