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The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg on US 30. Caledonia is in the northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Mountains known locally as South Mountain. Blue Mountain, the easternmost ridge of the Allegheny Mountains, is to the west and northwest of the park across a large low, rolling, fertile valley known as the Great Valley. South Mountain is mostly composed of a hard rock called quartzite. The valleys on either side are underlined with limestone and shale. The soil is ideal for fruit production, proven by the abundance of orchards in the surrounding area.

very challenging climb to start the trail (unless you go the other way) but worth it. peaceful forest trail with a mix of trees and undergrowth, a few views through the trees but nothing wide open.

Pretty easy up until the top, when it gets a little more challenging, steep, & narrow. Super quiet, especially up on the Charcoal Hearths section. Hiked it with my dog and we had a great time. Didn’t encounter any other hikers, but saw lots of awesome trees, fungi, and rocks.

Steep walk up both sides of the trail, flat and easy once to the top. Not much to look at except Pine trees, but nice and quiet.

Awesome hike!

Nice flat trail along the bottom and top, but the up and down on either side is deceptively hard and narrow.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. I attend this trail with park ranger to test senses in the dark. Also, great views nearly full moon.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked counterclockwise in a loop and parked by a water/electric (?) building at the end of Quarry Gap Road. Locust Gap to Hosack Run to AT back on Locust Gap. Wear hiking shoes and it had wet spots and creeks to cross. The AT shelter, Quarry Gap, was adorable, and we enjoyed relaxing there. You’ll see a lot: creeks, rock formations, AT shelter, tunnels from the rhododendrons, and steps along the AT. Will do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

This should be reclassified as easy it is completely just a walk in the woods.

Wild rhododendrons were amazing a lot of the trail was just filled with them literally 15 to 20 feet tall and Trails made through them where it actually appeared like a tunnel. Thick vegetation made it hard to really see the views although we had several views of large boulders on the mountain side. The trail was very well-maintained with lots of views of the stream. You could hear it too many places . Majority of the trail was wide. The elevation zigzagged back and-forth to the top of the mountain ( first half your climbing up) you reach the top of the elevation and it is quite a climb. The descent was well-maintained with a series of steps built into the mountainside that were just amazing. The massive wood notched beams that cross the creek was a perfect spot to rest and get more photos

This is a great trail if you’re looking for something challenging and rewarding. The switchbacks are super fun and the peacefulness is the best on this trail! Wear waterproof shoes as there is water to cross. Happy Trails!

walking
4 months ago

This an easy and short walking trail. We like to take the kids walking here and it is doable in the rain.

Nice steady up and down

Beautiful trail for a quick hike. Interesting history in the area as well.

Great hike, slow incline, steep incline.
Places to sit at the top yo test and/or enjoy the area.
Only negative, I lost my sunglasses.
Trekking poles are beneficial at times on this trail
We clocked a little more mileage then posted, paled at campground at the start, completed with 6.88miles.

Good hike, a little confusing around the maintenance building.
Really didn't care for walking along the highway though.

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

A very pleasant hike! I would not say it is lightly trafficked on the A.T. part, but the Hosack Run Trail was pleasant with quiet campsites and few people! I would not consider this as a difficult trail, but easy-moderate. The scenery is nice with the A.T. green tunnel and the flowing water sources, but it is also rocky! Such a lovely hike!

hiking
Friday, September 08, 2017

solid with a dog great for a shakedown

hiking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

awesome. trail was Rocky though needed better shoes. plenty of helpful people and water everywhere.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good trail with a mix of scenery. There are two places to park- the campground (you'll walk up a gravel road) or the start of the loop (drive up the dead end/gravel road).

Good Route- worth the time. Counter clockwise from the Parking area is less steep.. the AT is a climb along well worn trail. There are several good sites along this route...

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

great hike... perfect for a late afternoon early evening...

With two kids, ages 8 and 10, it was an absolute hit! The tree canopies, water elements, and rock features...we will definitely do this hike again!

backpacking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Easy day hike with some beautiful scenery

decent

I loved this trail. I did the charcoal hearth walk. It was challenging, but a lot of fun (I should mention that I'm 5'3" and weigh about 240, don't judge!). I would not recommend doing this trail after a re entry rain, it is slippery. This would have been a 5 star trail if there had been a view. But it is a really nice walk in the woods.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

A nice hike with numerous campsites, an Appalachian Trail shelter, and stream. The lead up to the loop is a forestry road, so next time I'll begin at the loop, branching off to explore the AT on an out-and-back to add some distance.

backpacking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Very nice day! Met Jim good man takes care of the trail very well.

Day hiked this shit a few years back now. Great views and elevation

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