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Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road

MODERATE 32 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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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.

hiking
5 days ago

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

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.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, April 27, 2014

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...

camping
Monday, January 20, 2014

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.

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