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Appalachian Trail: Boiling Springs to Rt 850

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Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail: Boiling Springs to Rt 850 is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 16.4 mi Elevation gain 1,561 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Running

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Wild flowers

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A moderately easy 16 mile hike on the AT. It can easily be done as an overnighter. Most of the journey is through corn fields and cow pastures while the last portion takes you through the woods.

A lot of this section is in the open, so it got hot in the sun in August. Be sure to take some sun screen.

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Deborah Lenderman
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Hiking

My daughter and I have done all of this in small parts out and back with lots of parking areas. She is 13, but there are areas that are more doable with smaller children due to being flat and shorter distances between parking lots.

Amanda L.
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Hiking

I'd recommend this trail for people with dogs and beginner hikers

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Ino Ruiz
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One of my typical trails and close enough to run on Global Running Day. It was typically AT terrain on the way out (north from Hwy 74) but at my turn around, a thunderstorm decided to up it a notch and flooded some of the formerly muddy patches and slicked the rest of the trail. Yay! That said PA storms don’t last too long, so the rain came and went...but on the way back left the trail in a bit of a shamble...trees were blown over blocking the trail. That said I love this portion of the AT - Cumberland Valley and will return.

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deanna figueroa
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Hiking

started at lisburn road and went to boiling springs, parked a car at both ends and had a great time!

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David Mengle
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Hiking

My wife & I did this hike from Tuscarora to center knob, boiling springs. Wildflowers were nice especially along Creek and streams. Valley portion is flat - several main roads so be ready for road noise. Overall the trail is kept in excellent condition

Rob Perry
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Hiking

You have to walk 600 meters along a busy highway to enter the trail. Not ideal for kids.

Madeline Eppley
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Lots of road crossings- not great for kids or dogs. Did a small section starting in Boiling Springs and parking was difficult. Most of the terrain is very flat. You’ll head through a mix of farm fields, grassy meadows, and some small patches of forest.

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Mary Richards
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Dan Bowers
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Hiking

This would be a much more enjoyable as a through hike, but it was still nice hiking a little over 6 miles in from Trindle Rd. and then back to the parking area. Very nice parking area with lots of space. This is mainly fields and woods with very little change in elevation until you get to the base of the mountain, then it goes up quick. Currently there is a large downed tree blocking the trail not to far from the Carlisle Pike going northbound on the trail-undergrowth is light, so no problem going around.

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Garry Stiegman
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Ample parking area with ports-john and trash bins. 1/4 mile north to the Appalachian Trail Center, then a sucky 1/4 mile along the road to reenter nature. Wonderful hike after that.

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Mary Seiders
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HikingMuddy

Very nice trail, easy trail run, better than White Rock or Pinchot for sure. Very little flooding if any. Went up 4.5 miles and came back... planning to do more.

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Travis Schultz
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Hiking

Minus the car ride back with bloomer

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Ino Ruiz
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Alex Adams
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Hiking

Did segment of this starting from AT lot on Sherwood Dr down to Whiskey Spring Rd. Having done the more rocky/northern PA parts of AT, I thought this stretch would be rather dull, but enjoyed the variety of scenery throughout the valley portion. Winter hikes in the woods can get rather dull as they all look the same without any color so was nice change to do occasional road crossing, farmlands (with cows) and such. Did this a week after a wintry mix snowstorm followed by single digit temps so pretty much the entire valley part of trail was covered in inch of solid ice. This was nice to avoid the mud, but also fell on my ass couple of times (trekking poles, no help). Would imagine in warmer temps this trail may be rather difficult to avoid getting muddy and/or wet.

Tanya GM
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nice trail to do for all ages crosses a couple of roads so watch for the occasional pick-up truck.

Brad Moyer
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Kathy Biddle
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Hiking

This was a round trip for me, which led me a little over 8 miles. Leidich Road, through Boiling Springs, over to Lisburn Road and back again. Easy hike, mostly wooded but some field walking just south of Boiling Springs.

Michael Johns
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This is a great day trip that included a good sample of the areas different local landscapes. If slightly challenging ascents aren't something you want, I might recommend reversing the trip to start on the north side. If it's been raining make sure to plan appropriately for some soggy ground at the southern section. Thanks to the poster for the great hike.

Peter Zeller
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Stacey Clark
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George Gemberling
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Andy Hock
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Jane Sock
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