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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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Tim Kile
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Barney bednar
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rocky probably best during the fall. I went down to Boiling Spring on the AT which is much easier than the trail. well marked blue trail.

Ken Helsby
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Excellent an challenging trip up with rewarding views, and a less challenging option down which was pleasant.

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Bryan Dorsey
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Julie Hancher
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Went up AT (white blazes) to top and back down lake road. Challenging but not too hard going up; slippery at times with rocks so would def wear hiking boots. Gorgeous views of Delaware River. Ran into a few people but not overly crowded. Perfect hike!

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Michael Simon
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Definitely not dog friendly It's was to Rocky. I enjoyed it nice trail

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Victoria Nguyen
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Nice for Pennsylvania but pretty average in terms of hikes I’ve done.

Lauren Olivola
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Very challenging yet rewarding hike. I forked left for the rocky challenge to the top and had some very nice views on the way. I'm glad I read earlier reviews because I didn't expect too much reaching the top, which I read did not feel as if the hike was completed. There is a lookout point at the top. It looks like there is more to the right but there isn't, so once you reach the top go back. I forked left coming back down for an easier time down. Very rocky so wear the appropriate footwear.

Liz Broske
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Nice fun trail. Always cool to be on the AT! The push up the mountain definitely got us sweating on this HOT Monday morning. After the incline (from around Pulpit Rock) it moves to a pretty flat hike to the Pinnacle and then flat/down the rest of the way. Thought the hike was really well maintained and had a nice variety- rocks, grass, gravel, wooded, river. It’s shaded almost the whole way but bring bug spray!! Saw maybe 3-4 others on the whole trail on a Monday, pretty great!

Erika Albright
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Always love this hike. Short uphill trek on some rocky terrain for a beautiful view. I have taken my dogs on this before and they did fine.

Lindsey Jackson
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It is a nice trail with a lot of shade. I didn’t run into anyone while we were out. My golden retriever enjoyed the trail too.

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Ryan Smith
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Great hike for me and my boys ages 10 and 7 (did it in early June). They were slowing down by the end but made it. Stunning view. The only downside is the car noise at one end, as others have mentioned.

Annalee Switek
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Fun trail! Around 5 mi and took us around 3 hrs (we are average speed hikers and took some breaks). We did the trail clockwise, going up on the left (if you are facing the fork going up) side and down on the logging road trail. The up portion was steep but nothing crazy - there was maybe a 20-30 minute stretch where my heart was thumping continuously, but after the 1.5 hours up, it’s was another 1.5 all down and easy hiking on the logging road. Logging road was a wee bit boring, going down the same way we came may have been more of a challenge footing wise. Pretty views at the top, a few good vistas along the way. The town near the trail head is cute and has a pizza place, a kayak rental situation, a good looking BBQ place we didn’t try, and my personal favorite the APPLE PIE AND HOTDOG place. Used to go there with my dad when I was a tween and it was fun stopping in and getting a slice of pie. Also had other food (I saw a Mac and cheese pot pie mentioned...) and farm stand fare. Re: crowds at the trail - we arrived at 10 am on July 5th and snagged a spot in the main lot - it was a bit more crowded on our way out at 1 pm, but still possible to get a spot from people leaving.

Shantanu Bhide
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Great experience . We reached around 10.15 and the trail was surprisingly not crowded. Some rocky patches, but overall a very moderately difficult one!

KT The Tea Guru
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Very uneventful. View at the top is great but is of a lovely power plant. There are some good campsites near the top.

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Britney C
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HikingBugsRocky

The walk was good, but there are many rocky patches. There weren’t as many people as I had believed there would be. The view was a bit underwhelming but overall it was a good time.

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Nat K
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no clear summit point with a view. you stop at a lower shelter with a “stream” aka a small pvc pipe and can loop back to the parking lot. you pass a couple views but not worth the hike if you’re used to hiking the Shanendoahs or anything out west.

Brian Ward
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Great trail, not for beginners it was rocky.

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Gabe Kaminsky
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Very private and secluded trail. It gets very rocky upwards but nothing too challenging. Picnic area and spring water on top and great view of Susquehanna River

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Andrea Smallacombe
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Forgot to start recording until part way in. This is a really great hike, nice tree coverage during hot temps. I wouldn’t say dog or family friendly though. Its definitely challenging

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Nina Brown
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Very rocky, but an amazing view! And thank you to whomever left the 01CORINTHIANS page about love... I LOVE YOU!

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Rohit Kondekar
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was a boring hike

Kelsey Ann Occhipinti
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HikingRocky

Great trail- it’s a little rocky at times and not a straight paved path but beautiful and a great view at the top!

Zac Trautman
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smooth,clean trail. some rocks as it goes higher. nice incline towards the end. go about .3 miles past the view to get to Darlington shelter/ campsites /privy. was super packed last night so we headed back down and stayed at the site with the rusted vehicle. Cowboy camped with no shelter and slept rough lol.. bugs crawled on me all night and suprisingly got chilly . nice site though

Amanda Kaut
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We had a great day hike. Took the AT section in and the old logging road back out. It’s very rocky, bigger rocks on the way up and smaller ones on the logging road on the way out. The blazes are on rocks for some portions of the hike around the lookout, and are fading. Keep an eye out so you keep on the path. There was one particular section that we lost it and I had to pull up my app to find the way. The town is super cute and I wish I would have budgeted more time to explore the town, get ice cream and have lunch or dinner. Parking at the trail head is challenging but there is plenty at the base of the hill by the inn and on Main St.

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