Appalachian Trail from Clarks Ferry Bridge to Peters Mountain Ridge

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Appalachian Trail from Clarks Ferry Bridge to Peters Mountain Ridge is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reed Twp, PA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles 1361 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

Central Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Nice hike on the Appalachian Trail, to reach the top of Peters mountain. The trail starts just past the railroad tracks and is a somewhat steep climb up. As you skirt the side of the mountain on the way up, you will have wonderful views of the Susquehanna river below. Once you get so far up, the trail will start to flatten out. As you near the edge of the mountain, the trail again starts to get steep. You will encounter a few switchbacks and vistas as you near the summit. The trail continues north on the mountain top from here. As always look for the white blazes.


1 month ago

hiking

It's was awesome! It was my first hike in 25 years. My 24 year old daughter and I found it perfectly enjoyable and challenging. Look forward to more adventures in pa.


1 month ago

hiking

One of my favorite local dayhikes. I love the combination of steep strenuous climbs, followed by easy strides, mixed with several amazing views


1 month ago

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2 months ago

hiking

this is a strenuous trail but the view is well worth the climb. right now I am sitting on a rock overlooking the valley and the river and I can see the susquehanna statue of liberty in the distance. nice.


2 months ago

Loved the variance of terrain. Some spots were rocky, others were clear. Nice hike in a couple hours and great views over the Susquehanna


2 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking

Lots of uphill and lots of rocks (it is PA after all). A good afternoon hike that will get you breathing heavy if you're not in tip top shape. There is shelter with a privy and spring where you can refill your water cache at the top. All in all, it was definitely an enjoyable hike.


3 months ago

hiking

Nice rock scramble. You can make this a loop with the susquehanna trail. Clark's shelter and privy at end.


3 months ago

The trail is very well marked and not very difficult. The views from the top were amazing. Along the way up you pass a stone foundation and the remains of stone fencing which is intriguing. There are also some nice ferns and wild flowers. The only negatives are the road noise which can be heard for about half of the hike and the abundance of poison ivy that you have to be mindful of. The views are definitely worth the risk though. My family had a great time on this hike.


4 months ago

hiking

Great Trail! Little rocky for the dogs but still a great challenging hike.


4 months ago


5 months ago

hiking

This is a great hike on the AT. cool views of the river and the kids had fun climbing around on the rocks. We made this a loop. Check out my full review which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/petersmountain


5 months ago

I absolutely love this trail! a good hike starting in the morning, hit the shelter for a quick break then back out to the Clarks ferry bridge.


7 months ago

This was the last half of the 1st day back packing the trail. or any trail. We had left Clarks valley in the morning and spent the night in the shelter on top. fogged out and cold, rainy. we made 13 miles the 1st day arrived and happy for the shelter around 6pm 12/30/15. arriving in the dark was wild and wet. we finished the sobo at the base of cove mtn on 12/31/15. Woot Woot


8 months ago


10 months ago

hiking

A very good hike overall. we started at the parking lot at the train tracks, and from there to the parking lot on Peter's Mountain, it is 6.67 miles. I have not been hiking for long, and I definitely found it to be a challenge. there are some decent, sustained ascents and the switchbacks towards the top are more rocks than trail. Once on top, you will find some nice overlooks and vistas of the valleys both north and south. There are numerous sections along the way where you are rock scrambling or picking your way, and again, there are sections that are pretty much just rocks, so be prepared with some good shoes.


1 year ago

hiking

I took a group hiking and paused at a place called "Flat Rock" (about the half way point) where we ate lunch with a view if the river. Someone in my group sprained their ankle on this hike, so be sure to wrap weak ankles while hiking Rocksylvania. :-). Enjoy!!


1 year ago

camping

We've hiked this trail over two days and stayed at the Cove Mountain Shelter. There were great views, lots of climbing opportunities, and it's pretty adventurous, especially for kids. Lots to explore! There is a camping possibility up towards the shelter and a couple more near the shelter.


2 years ago

hiking

A short 7 mile hike with a nice climb though a series of switchback to keep it easy. during the climb you pass though some very nice rock formations which from time to time you have to traverse. once on top it relatives flat and generally easy walking. As easy as can be in Rocksylvania. :) There are some great vies of the Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers


3 years ago

hiking

Starting at the Susquehanna River/ rail road tracks entrance, the trail starts with some amazing narrow mildly steep switchbacks that transition into some flat open trails with wonderful river views. The trail continues through another series of switchbacks to climb to the top of the mountain ridge. The trail eventually passes by "shock rock" and then the famous table rock that provides an amazing view of the southern valley.

This is one of my favorite trails in central PA. Most certainly recommend. Take a friend to share the experience.