Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is in a beautiful mountain setting in southern Cumberland County. Surrounded by Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace features two lakes, 25-acre Laurel Lake and 1.7-acre Fuller Lake, a historic area and the Appalachian Trail.

Park at the Pole Steeple parking lot. Short hike to a great view. A few somewhat steep climbs initially, but nothing extreme. A well used path easily identified by the blue blazes. Take the easy path to the right near the top to avoid the rock scramble to the left/ahead. Follow the blue blazes south from the outcrop to the white blazes of the Appalachian trail for an extended hike. Move west on the AT thru the woods. This will bring you out to the Old Railroad Bed Road for an easy walk back to the parking lot. It will feel further than it really is... Maps are available at the park info boards to illustrate the route. I did the trail in a pair of Crocs in mid October.

Tough, lots of climbing but so worth it. Beautiful view and varied scenery. A vista & a creek makes this super fun. Parts of the ridge are pretty narrow, but that ads to the adventure!

Tough, lots of climbing but so worth it. Beautiful view and varied scenery. A vista & a creek makes this super fun. Parts of the ridge are pretty narrow, but that ads to the adventure!

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20 days ago

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21 days ago

No matter what trail I hike that has a scenic vista, Pole Steeple will always be my favorite. It's such a minimum amount of effort (short hike, some incline) for the greatest reward.

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22 days ago

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24 days ago

Short but steep hike. I went in the evening to avoid crowds. Great view over the late.

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28 days ago

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1 month ago

Short hike and beautiful overlook of the lake.

Well marked and fairly wide. The view is worth the struggle for this old out of shape chic.