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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!

Appalachian Trail: Pennsylvania: Best Day Hikes Map
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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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16 days ago

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!

Great section of the AT. Nice view in 2 directions 2.5 miles in. Yellow wildflowers in the clearing in July. It's steep but not constant.

Sept 2018- We left at 11:15 AM. Took us a little over 4 hours. Very pretty overlook.

We did this trail from south to north (Old Forge to Caledonia) for a Scout trip with overnight stay at Rocky Mountain shelter. There was about 6” of snow on ground which made it additionally challenging. Bus dropped us off at Old Forge Picnic Grounds and we camped Friday night near Antietam Shelter. Antietam Shelter structure is closed but there is space in the area to set up tents plus frost free water faucet, toilets and pavilions at Old Forge Picnic Grounds which was good to start our Saturday morning.

Overall good trail and Chimney Rocks was a great stop for lunch on Saturday after a significant morning uphill trek. The rest of the trail was not as dramatic but pleasant. This was our troop’s first time on this part of the AT, would like to try it again, hopefully in better weather conditions. Something to note: the water source spring at Rocky Mountain shelter is about 1/4 mile downhill from the shelter structures right next to Rocky Mountain Road- path to spring is marked by Blue Blazes.

Great out and back hike- beautiful views of the PA countryside. We did it ‘backwards’ from what is described here making the turnaround point the overlook.

nice views , good incline. did counter clockwise ... I did both minsi and tammany back to back for " mind the gap"
.. pretty muddy/slushy

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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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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