The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg on US 30. Caledonia is in the northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Mountains known locally as South Mountain. Blue Mountain, the easternmost ridge of the Allegheny Mountains, is to the west and northwest of the park across a large low, rolling, fertile valley known as the Great Valley. South Mountain is mostly composed of a hard rock called quartzite. The valleys on either side are underlined with limestone and shale. The soil is ideal for fruit production, proven by the abundance of orchards in the surrounding area.
We walked the 2 mile Ramble trail. It was late in the day, so we didn't want to commit to something more than we needed to. This was perfect for that! Very flat, nice scenery, and the fall colors were coming through. If we had more time, we would have wanted more elevation change, but this is perfect for someone who wants a walk in the woods. The only drawback was the sound of the nearby road for pretty much the whole hike.
A great, moderate hike for beginning backpackers. Plenty of water sources and the most difficult parts are not that long. We hiked from Caledonia State Park up the AT and around the loop to Rocky knob trail where we camped the night. We then hiked back for a total of 14 miles. Going back to do the rest!
Took the charcoal hearth trail from the parking lot before you get to the park office. The hike was challenging, as it was pretty steep initially, but was beautiful! My dog appreciated the last leg of the trail which runs beside a little creek-she walked & played in it the entire way! I would definitely recommend this loop trail and will be back to explore others in the park!
We did a day hike from Old Forge to Caledonia..definitely made the right decision by starting south and heading north. We are novice hikers, but we really enjoy this hike and the challenges it gave us...with a few breaks, and a nice scare from a snake, it took us 6 hours...
Had a great time on this trail. Not to bad of a hike with a great view. At theology out point there was a ravens nest just off the side of the cliff. We stayed in the tumbling run shelter just to camp out and it was a really nice campsite.
Jessica P. on Greefenburg Hill and Conococheague ...
My favorite park in the area. Nice variety of trails from easy nature walks to the Appalachian trail head. Always nice to cook out and then hike near the streams and ponds. Great wildlife, too!
Jen G. on Greefenburg Hill and Conococheague ...
Absolutely loved walking these trails! The Appalachian Trail was a steep trail but not too strenuous. Had plenty of picnic areas for families to enjoy. Will definitely be visiting this state park again!