Appalachian Trail: Clark Creek to Swatara Gap

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State Game Lands Number 211

Appalachian Trail: Clark Creek to Swatara Gap is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dauphin, Pennsylvania and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,293 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

rocky
15 days ago

Did this section, in early March 2020, as part of a longer hike from 501 Shelter to Duncannon. This is a good section for backpack camping as it is accessible at several points, and has lots of water sources. I camped at Rattling Run in a pelting rainstorm. This will always be one of my favorite camping memories--so awesome! Several old settlements along this portion of the trail. Budget time to poke around.

backpacking
rocky
16 days ago

A really nice trail. Did a out and back camp with a few friends and the pup. Trail is well maintained. Passed the AT halfway through PA marker. Great spots for water refill and camping along the way. Overall a great trail if you want to do a out and back or a point to point. It also has a spot for parking at the start point. Good spot for fishing.

We did a short 1 mile out and back. Was a steep climb but my 5 year old and 7 year old were able to do it with minimal complaining.

hiking
rocky
Sun Mar 31 2019

Just what we expected for a Pennsylvania section of the Appalachian trail. Beautiful day! Good workout. Early spring. No leaves yet but plenty of beautiful moss. Only went as far as Horseshoe Trail connection then back to Clark’s Creek. About 5 hours for us and 22000 steps.

Wed Sep 27 2017

Good hike. Good camp sites. Plenty of water.

hiking
Sun Apr 10 2016

To get to the trail, Google clarks ferry bridge. The hike was moderate but wonderful views! There are a lot of rocks so hiking boots are a must! Great way to spend an afternoon!

Fri Apr 01 2016

Complete this section of the trail Easter sunday to Monday morning. Easy walking path we fogged out at the top passed 4 other hikers. Trail is mainly on the northern slope very little sun in the early hrs, But Shelter was very nice. water and plenty of camp site. A little boring ending coming into the highway. be careful crossing the road.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

hiking
Sat Dec 01 2018

backpacking
Wed Sep 12 2018

hiking
Tue Jul 26 2016