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Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road

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Caledonia State Park

Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fayetteville, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 1,646 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

River

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Rocky

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Getting There

White-blazed trail is generally easy walking, with occasional traversing of rock outcroppings and small boulder fields. Views are generally hemmed in by trees, but two scenic vista are marked by signs on trail, one north of 233 allows view of South Mountain Restoration Center, and the more spectacular Chimney Rocks vista is close to the southern carpark. One tricky area in the trail is a jog on Coral Ridge Road. Be sure to follow the white blazes; there are several false trails leaving the road. Hiking south to north gets the vertical change out of the way, leaving a predominantly gentle downhill the rest of the way. Many come from the north, leaving a moderately steep descent at the southern end. For those who only wish to climb to Chimney Rocks from the south and go back down, there is a blue-blazed alternative trail (an old logging road) at the Chimney Rock turnoff which rejoins the Appalachian Trail at Tumbling Run Creek. Antietam Shelter is permanently closed, but there is space to set up tents plus frost free water faucet, toilets and pavilions at Old Forge Picnic Grounds.

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (www.patc.net) 703-242-0693

Ample north carpark is at Caledonia Furnace, intersection of US 30 and SR 233. Proceed approx .3 mi to west accross open field to join trail on south side of Conococheague Creek. South carpark is Old Forge Road intersection with Tumbling Run Creek; space for two cars on either side of bridge. Hike can be cut in half by using one of two parking spaces where trail intersects SR 233.

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HikingRocky

The trial was very testing . Especially the rocks spread all over the trial . It was about 10.8 miles . We did it from old forge road and walked north wards towards Caledonia state park .Once we reached 233 we took a small wrong trial but then we turned back soon . Always look out for Appalachian trial signs as this is a major one . Met a few hikers who were on the trial for more than 2 months . Overall great experience

Jessica Brown
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Hiking

It was a lovely day. The sun shined brightly but it wasn't too humid. The climb up was a bit strenuous. But, the sights of the flowers and other plant life made it worth it. Caledonia is a beautiful park.

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Dara Bortman
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Hiking

Gorgeous day and great hike. We only went down about 4 miles from Caledonia and then turned around and cane back . Beautiful both ways. The big chimney rocks were pretty cool. Mountain laurel blooming everywhere. Nice soft patches for easier hiking and not too rocky. Only saw about 5 people the entire time.

Noah Shettel
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Hiking

Took the ol sister on her first backpacking trip, not a bad hike. It isn’t rocky like the rest of pa is on the AT.

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Mathew Kerr
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HikingOff trailRocky

Great trail... Few spots need remarked. Seemed more challenging hiking north.. Had a great time ended up with 11.5 miles in total

Miki Kerr
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Good trail but rocky! Saw a rattle snake along the way and a lot of boulders we had to traverse! Overall a good work out! Would recommend. We started at Old forge rd and hiked to Caledonia.

David Mengle
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HikingRocky

Nice hike for a 10 miler. Trail is well marked except for over the rocky ridge - but that part of the fun over rocky ridges is PA. Mountain Laurel looks to be about 2 weeks from blooming - several nice areas of mountain laurel so that would add to this hike.

Todd Neller
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Traveled south to north and liked getting the ascent over at the beginning. Rocky. Got led astray with white paint (not AT blazes) about 3 miles north of 233. The paint blobs led back to the AT (no trail) after a crawl among the boulders which line the ridge. I'm an average speed kind of person and it took 4 hours and 15 minutes.

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Hiking

Did as part of day hike from Caledonia State Park to Pen Mar Park and this stretch was the best part of it. From Caledonia the initial ascent may seem long but is gradual as well. Between Caledonia and South Mountain area is mostly hiking along the large rock/boulder formations that make up Rocky Mountain. There are several spots of 'chimney' rock formations along the the way which keep it scenic. Excellent views from Chimney Rock. Was there earlier so no one else was there at the time, but imagine it gets pretty crowded in warmer/nicer weather.

John Meadows
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Backpacking

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.

Terrek Teal
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Isaac Pope
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Day hiked this shit a few years back now. Great views and elevation

Jeanie Hanks
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Hiking

We did a day hike from Old Forge to Caledonia..definitely made the right decision by starting south and heading north. We are novice hikers, but we really enjoy this hike and the challenges it gave us...with a few breaks, and a nice scare from a snake, it took us 6 hours...

Alex Arcario
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Camping

Had a great time on this trail. Not to bad of a hike with a great view. At theology out point there was a ravens nest just off the side of the cliff. We stayed in the tumbling run shelter just to camp out and it was a really nice campsite.

Josh Kozlowski
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Annemarie Sciarra
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Elizabeth Collins
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Nicole Horstman
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Bob Norman
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Chas A.
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Dana Vitanza
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Michael Storey
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Marty Asplund
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Joe Overmeyer
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Daniel Smith
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james kisner
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Kim Marchi
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