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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Pennsylvania and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Great hike, A dusting of snow at the base and 1-2" on the shady side of the top. Upper 20s and mostly sunny. We did the loop counter clockwise without taking the spur to the lean to. 3.9 miles according to the GPS. We only saw one other pair with their dog. Numerous animal tracks in the snow. We might not have needed them but we used micro spikes on the way down and it made more secure footing.

Nice easy hike

Easy hike out to a few great views! Took kids, they liked it too.

Nice day hike if you are local. Nota challenging hike, but enough to get the blood flowing.

Hiked from the AT parking lot along 309 to the Bake Oven Knob. Bear Rocks and Knife's Edge were great rock scrambles. They were a little challenging once the wind gusts came but a lot of fun to climb and traverse. The views were great along the way. Super rocky trail though so definitely where boots. At some points you just wish you could put your feet flat and walk for a little without any rocks. If I did it again, I'd skip continuing on to the Knob. While the views are great, the graffiti is awful. My Fitbit registered 12 miles out and back when you include the Knob.

Had a little of everything. Great few hours

this was such an awesome hike.
will DEFINITELY be going there again!

Great trail for my daughter and me. Took our dog on his first real hike today and it was great for him. The rocks made it a little rough to navigate when he was pulling (excited) to keep feet from sliding, but he caught on quick.

Beautiful trail and area. Probably my favorite in the area. Very wet in places. About the perfect length for a January afternoon hike when it gets dark early.

Get hike! Did Both Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock! Great combo!

It was actually a pretty good hike, Did it for the first time with two of my buddies definitely recommended! A little disappointed that I didn’t finish the whole trail but did about 90% of it.

Lovely trail, medium difficulty. Most of the trail goes through the woods, so it was okay to do on a hot June day. Met several thru-hikers on this segment.

We actually went camping here after hiking and exploring all day and it was wonderful! The stars are amazing at night, such clear skies.. we even saw a shooting star!

Awesome hike. Regardless which direction you take it, you will begin by going uphill early on then walking the ridge for a few miles before going back downhill again to the reservoir road.

I love this trail. Great views. Some steep parts. Can get a little crowded on peak days. Highly recommend.

Beautiful trail and very well marked.

Would rate a 5 for the hike but many views were of a highway. Still really enjoyable hike and not crowded like I thought it might be for a Sunday during a holiday week.

Stretch of trail between Hawk Mountain Rd up to the mountain ascent has many scenic stream crossings (potentially muddy too). Would recommend returning after reaching Allentown Shelter. Although the trail remains rocky/interesting for a bit after Dan's Pulpit, once you reach Shelter it is nothing but old/wide service road the rest of the way to Fort Franklin Rd (though may be relief after the rocks if just doing as point-to-point).

we did this one today for xmas. with our 15mo old. certain trails are very rocky. its all beautiful. steepish terrain. ♡ wouldn't recommend bringing a young child better for older ones.

Nice rail, and is a nice workout. On a clear day there’s a really nice view of the river. My only issue was, this trail has a few spots that are not good for dogs. I took my dog along and there were some pretty big rocks that she couldn’t get down from or over. Other than that, it’s a nice part of the AT

make sure you add the north trail to this one

Great views on both sides of the gas line clearing. The area between the gas line clearing toward Duncannon was much rockier than expected, but keeps it interesting (more like the northern PA stretches of AT). Also some nice stream crossings at the beginning of the trail before the descent up the larger mountain.

The view from Hawk Rock is great. Had actually only done the hike down this part of trail but enjoyed the numerous rock steps/stairs. Looped back up the un-blazed trail which includes unobstructed view of Duncannon.

Me and my friends walked this trail a cold Sunday morning. Since it had snowed, it was hard to walk at our usual pace. It was very muddy and so many puddles. Aside that, it was a beautiful hike! Well worth our 2hr. drive. Would definitely do it again but in the summer. The views were stunning!

Love this hike!

Great day hike with the ladies. Very empty on a December Sunday

Nice trail, clearly marked and easy to follow. you'll have to cross the chain bridge and make a right into a small parking lot with a marker for the Appalachian trail. walk back across the bridge and cross the street at the end, this is the trail head. lots of gas stations on the way on close by.

As said in other comments the first mile or so its a steep rocky climb and will definitely be a good work out so come prepared to start strong. At the top of this section there is a spring and a little structure with a visitors log and a fire pit. continue on to see a sign that indicates the north trail heading to the right. this route is easy to walk and has beautiful views and plant life. This trail Continues past some radio towers and over the lehigh tunnel then loops back around to meet the white trail again. You can follow this back to the start and get some nice downhill sections you can run if your into that, although I don't recommend doing so unless you are experienced as it is dangerous and easy to hit a rock and fall while running. There were also a bunch of woodpeckers around this section.

For a more challenging route take the white trail first to hit those inclines instead.

I would defintely have a good sturdy pair of boots, this trail is very rocky in parts with a fair amount of loose rocks.

Great views! Recommend hiking boots. There are some rocky areas but my dog loved it!

Easy hike with good incline and a beautiful view. Small dog friendly

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Fun trail! I enjoyed the rock scrambling, it kept things interesting! Best view is at the section where the trail splits and you can either climb up the rocks or go down beside them. Go up!

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