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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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hiked this on 11/4 with a friend. loved it. many people on the trail and lots of dogs. made it fun. had lunch and hot coffee from my thermos at the Pinnacle rock. views beautiful. saw a bald Eagle!!!

Beautiful view from the rock!

Trail was in relatively good shape, and the vistas were stellar. Some sections are pretty steep, so be advised.

Great trail, but steep going down. The rocks with the wet leaves this time year, November made the hiking a little more complicated.

The trail was pretty wet on the lower section so make sure to have your waterproof hiking boots. This trail starts out easy but you do some climbing up and between rocks so I would say this is a little harder than easy. A nice trail to hike.

Just did this with my daughter today. Had a ton of fun on this course! Very rocky between Pulpit and Pinnacle so a little slow going at times, but the views are worth it. Definitely need waterproof hiking boots too, as the return leg was quite muddy in spots. The spring on the last leg was flowing really well, so we stopped there to fill up.

A great little day hike. Take a lunch and sit at the pinnacle to enjoy views of hawks hunting over the valley

Beautiful mountain, peaceful and subtle. The trail is marked by white markers on the trees. Lots of rocks and boulders. After walking 3 miles in, we turned back because we didn't see where there would be a loop or a scenic view. Views can be seen past the trees. by 4:45pm, the parking lot was packed with vehicles, I'm assuming to see the sunset? not sure. We entered past the gates bridge.

Really pretty fall hike. Also relatively uncrowded even though it was a beautiful Sunday. I did the north trail, followed the AT a little ways further, and then went back to the parking lot via the south trail. I definitely wouldn't rate this as a hard hike, but the initial part was a nice little climb.

It's a fun trail. There are a ton of unmarked campsites between the start point listed and the New Tripoli Campsite which is off a side-trail after the power lines.

Perfect crisp November morning. I got the last spot in the small parking lot at 7:30, judging by the dew on the windshields most were there over night, evident by the several encampments on the way to the Edge. Didn't run into many orher hikers until about 10 on the way down.

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13 days ago

This was a really enjoyable trail. You can certainly hear the road noise from the highway but I was able to tune that out. I would suggest going early (if you want to avoid people). On our way back down, the parking lot was very very full! We will be back!

the trail is very well marked.
it begins with a boulder field where you have to be a mountain goat and then it turns just plain rocky.

very strenuous, but pleasant

One of my favorite hikes near Harrisburg, especially in the fall!

Such a fun trail! Planned this as a surprise date for my boyfriend, who owns a rock climbing facility. Great opportunities for bouldering along this trail! We loved it!!!

Overall a moderately challenging hike made a bit more exciting by some soggy, slippery conditions after a few days of rain in late October. I parked at the campground at the bottom of Quarry Gap Road and walked about 1/2-3/4 mile up to the trailhead; although, parking where the road dead ends is an option too. I completed the loop counterclockwise, but don’t see any which direction being more beneficial that the other. The loop took about 2.5 - 3 hours as I went pretty slow in some places (lots of slippery rocks) and I stopped to take a lot of pictures because this place is GORGEOUS! I’ll definitely be back. What a gem!

Great hike! Check out the map before you get started to see what color trail markers you should be looking for. Also, keep an eye out for snakes. We saw 5 over the 9-mile hike, including two rattlesnakes.
The views from the Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock are awesome and are more than worth the effort to get there. Hiking shoes (or shoes with hard soles) are helpful because there are many portions of the trail where you're walking on rocks.

25 days ago

Short but steep. Great hike with cool views at the top. Just watch out for snakes

I’ve been hiking this area for 20 years. It never gets old!

Terrific trail with 2 magnificent panoramic views. A bit crowded on a Saturday late morning but then it was a perfect fall day! I would definitely do it again!

Pretty steep with lots of rocks but definitely worth the work getting to the top, beautiful view!

The beginning and end of this trial can be rather dull hike (wider access road), but makes up for it once you reach the rocky area between Bear Rocks and Knife's Edge (relief to return that way). The rocks on the trail during the middle stretch are mostly large and sloped at various angles which can be tricky in the wet days (very slippery!). The views from Bear Rocks and especially Knife's Edge are excellent.

Did as part of out-and-back between Bake Oven Knob lot and Dan's Pulpit. There's no trail in AllTrails specifically for stretch between Rt. 309 and Dan's Pulpit, but will mention the trail is just wide access road for several miles from Rt. 309 west toward Hawk Mountain and doesn't get more interesting/rocky until after passing Allentown Shelter.

Another trail that needs better marking. All trails map was also unclear after reaching the Pinnacle. Pretty outlook. Very rocky so good hiking shoes help.

Overall, a great hike with lots of views. Made a loop of this going up the AT and returning down via North Trail > Charcoal > Prairie Grass > L&NE Trails. There aren't really any views initially at the top unless you continue over the Lehigh Tunnel to the South Trail or loop back on the North Trail. The South Trail has several spots of wide views among piles of large rocks. The North Trail also provides a nice consistent view on the other side almost along the entire stretch until it declines down to the Charcoal trail (mostly exposed meadow trail which was nice change from initial ascent in shaded forest).

Started on AT where Means Hollow Rd intersects Ridge Rd. Hiked south 7 miles to Caledonia SP. This trail was widely varied along the ridge which made it quite pleasant, and south of Stillhouse Rd, in slightly lower areas, a wonderful 'tunnel' of overgrown Rhododendron impresses one along with abundant springs. Lower end of trail nearing Caledonia is very steep and difficult. I recommend a 2 car hike starting up north heading south due to that simple fact. Across the stream from the AT shelter in some ruins just above Caledonia, we saw a tree that had been abused by bear. It was scratched down through bark to the inner layer in a doormat sized display.

Cloudy, foggy day so visibility / views were pretty limited so I can't really comment on that. The trail was well maintained and marked. I would rate this as moderate with one small section with a decent incline. We took the AT up and the fire road back down. Wasn't too busy but that was probably due to the slightly rainy weather. Not one of my top hikes but I'll come back and check it out when the weather is better.

More difficult than I read. It was a workout but I’m happy I did the 4+ mile loop. Only views were through the trees. Many rocks across the top so I had to be careful. For this 66 year young man I don’t think I’ll do it again.

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