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It’s a nice trail, mostly shaded. Only hiked in about a mile. Watch out for ground hornets on the trail probably around 1/3 of a mile in. We got stung and it still hurts 2 days later.

Just near the AT museum there's a road to the right, old shippensburg rd where you follow that all the way to the end. There's some parking there where you meet to trail head.
The climb was a great steepish uphill to the top. Unfortunately, I had to turn around at the second rocks bc of a big black bear greeting me. That was fun! A copperhead was laying in some rocks at the top too so they are around. Beautiful hike what I could do though! Near the parking there's a turn to the AT also that walks by a river.

Our family did this a few moths ago. Great hike

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18 days ago

This trail is not terribly difficult, but if you do the entire loop, it is long and you climb a lot of hills. The overlook is gorgeous. There is a point when the trail merges with another (Chestnut Grove, I believe) and you end up walking through a really beautiful field full of wild flowers! My only complaint, and it's not that bad, the trail is really close to the dump and it smells kind of bad. I would also suggest having a stick or something to be able to knock down the spider webs. trail is a little over grown at some points.

hiking
23 days ago

We did a short hike: the Hemlock Trail, which was a bit of a climb at times, with rocky, narrow, overgrown sections; plus there were several large downed trees across the path which had to be climbed over. After Hemlock Trail joins Swift Run Trail (across the bridge), we turned right, heading back to the parking lot. Evidently there's much more traffic on that trail, as it was well-defined and easy going. A few downed trees along the way, but with 'cut outs' in them, passage was a breeze.
Absolutely loved the hike, wild and beautiful woodlands...magnificent mosses & ferns & lichen-covered rocks...and of course, the giant trees --gorgeous! And perhaps best of all, we didn't encounter a single soul....the solitude was an added blessing!

hiking
30 days ago

Nice to get lost among the tall hemlocks for a while. I read reviews before I went, especially about climbing over downed trees, but there were a lot more and they were more difficult than I expected. We did counter clockwise to go up the mountain on the switchbacks. It was a climb but manageable. The decent gets pretty steep and you have to watch your step with so many twigs on the ground it’s easy to lose your footing. Watch for the plane crash at the top, still several pieces of wreckage you will notice on the right. Decent trail but nothing too amazing to make me feel like I need to do it again.

Horribly marked trail. Only went a little under half mile in then turned around. It was a little later in the eve to risk it.

Hiked the whole trail, with the last 2.5 miles on the low grade. Has to be marked better as I had to refer to the app to find locations. Only one outstanding view, at Turkey Hill.

We only went to the overlook. Nice hike. Don’t go in June. Too many spiders.

Difficultly finding trails not well marked download map and follow during transitions. Nice view. Little wildlife not much bird activity.

trail was rocky and muddy in some spots, lots of adventure for kids. trail cuts off into a lot of additional trails, occasionally spots of the trail were narrow and starting to over grow. we did however see a partial deer skeleton along the trail, but did not look recent. saw a few deer along the way.

Saw 2 Rattle snakes. Be aware when walking through the tall Grass at about the 3rd mile into this loop. Going counter clockwise. I wouldn't consider this one hard though. Most of it is flat and long on old logging road.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail and not as difficult as the description sounds. However, I only walked from the Iron Masters Mansion and followed the AT to the point where the Sunset Rocks Trail begins. It was a steep ascent from that point to the view of the valley, but it was relatively short. I didn’t have time to do the full loop but looking forward to it some day. Almost walked into a rattlesnake at the top. He was busy sunning himself on the rocks so he never moved the whole time.

hiking
2 months ago

Mtn Laurel is in full bloom June 7. Rhododendron are still some days away.

This is one of my favorite hikes just follow the stream up and then there is a nice rock to climb with a great overlook. Head back down the same way.

Very challenging hike! Fun rock scrambling over the boulders and great views. Cool site at the halfway point of the AT. Really enjoyable

hiking
3 months ago

I just did the quick 2.5 mile out and back not the whole 6 mile loop, the view is really nice and you get a quick history lesson right on top, I would recommend the 2 mile out and back for children, not too hard

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, with only couple of moderate hills. Some spots are rocky, so mind your ankles. Trails are fine, but the signage leaves a lot to be desired. We have hiked here on a number of occasions and the signage has not improved. The new maps no longer include blaze colors for trail markings. I don't understand this at all. People who hike regularly, especially around here with the AT so accessible, are accustomed to using the colored-blaze system. I am guessing this is a funding issue. I would strongly encourage the Governor and State Legislature to appropriate more funds for the State Park System to facilitate these kinds of necessary improvements in our state park system.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and challenging

hiking
4 months ago

My hike was starting at Michaux Rd, then hiking NE up to Sunset Rocks, then down to the AT and on to Pine Grove Furnace. Very narrow ridgetop with heavily bouldered trail. Trailhead at Michaux Rd was hard to find ...it looks like a driveway..so here are some tips: Coming from Rt 233 turn on Michaux Rd...look for address post #111...on right. Baby blue color trail blazes are on left and right side of Michaux Rd to alert you mark you are near to trail. Follow baby blue blazes at #111 on the RIGHT side to the beginning of the rock outcrops almost immediately. If you like rocks, this is it.

Very good day! Met a lot of hikers traveling to Maine wishes lots of luck and be safe.!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike, I hit this after work sometimes in the spring/summer. A bit of rock scrambling here and there so be prepared to help your dog if you take it.

Views arent bad too.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice little trail, the whole King's Gap area is good but not for a hiker looking for something more adventurous. More geared toward kids.

hiking
4 months ago

What a great hike! It was a little difficult finding the trailhead, but we really enjoyed the hike and the beautiful views once we got going! If you've never taken this hike before, you can either park near the visitor's center and begin by following a short stretch of the Appalachian Trail to the Sunset Rocks trailhead off of Centerville Road/Pine Grove Road or drive to the end of Old Shippenburg Road to park right at the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

I very much enjoyed the loop trail. I did read previous reviews but was unprepared for the degree of boulder scrambling. Pushed me to my limit but slow and steady took the day. Met several nice people on the AT and passed the AT halfway point. Highly recommended.

hiking
5 months ago

Disappointing. The first couple of miles border the a landfill separated from the trail by chain link fencing. A couple of pretty spots toward the end of the trail. The walk back along the rail-trail in only OK. There are much better choices nearby.

hiking
5 months ago

always a fun hike, i prefer to park elsewhere and do this hike in reverse climbing to sunset rocks then gradually going back down to cars.

6 months ago

Nice and secluded!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike today after fresh powder fell yesterday morning! i had the only tracks out there and had he woods to myself. It was fun but extremely difficult and dangerous at the top with about 6 inches of snow on the rocks.

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