Appalachian Trail: Swatara Gap to 501 Shelter is a 22.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
22.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,713 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
2 months ago

Had hiked from parking lot on 501 out to just before decline down to Swatara Gap (had gone up the incline on previous day). Would have to say this was quite a boring stretch of trail with not much variety or change of scenery. Have done several stretches of AT northern of this stretch in PA so in comparison to those this was my least favorite. There is one spot that may have been somewhat a lookout but not worth the hike to get there. Though there is Kimmel Lookout which is a very brief hike from Rt 501 parking lot. Don't recall too many rocks, so may have that going for it, but that's about it.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago