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Appalachian Trail: Wind Gap to Fox Gap

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Wind Gap Park

Appalachian Trail: Wind Gap to Fox Gap is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Wind Gap, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 659 ft Route type Out & Back

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Nicole T.
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HikingRockyScramble

A friend and I did this 8.33 mile hike from Wind Gap to Fox Gap in 4 hours and 15 minutes. This is not my favorite stretch of the AT at all. This is the trail that’s earned PA the nickname “Rocksylvania.” I recommend ankle hiking boots as a lot of time is spent looking down to ensure footing to avoid ankle twists. A lot of toe stubbing. The rock scrambling at Wolf Rocks I enjoyed... and the view. Despite the rockiness of the trail it was beautiful and peaceful. A lot of birds, butterflies, we encountered two other hikers who were pleasant and a deer laying in the leaves. I would never do this trail again but I’m glad we did it!

Fred Bechtoldt
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Blumpkin Sprinkles
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Hiking

Loved every second. Rock scramble was even fun. would do it again.

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Celeste Lugardo
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HikingBugs

Overall pretty good trail, the farther you go the nastier the bugs get.

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ML Mzc
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Hiking

Did as out-and-back from Wind Gap lot to Fox Gap. While I did enjoy this, be warned this trail has teeth! Have done several stretches of AT in northern PA and this one definitely takes the cake so far for the most jagged, pointy, toe-stubbing bunches of rocks throughout most of trail from Wind Gap to Wolf Rocks. The segment of trail between Fox Gap and Wolf Rocks is pretty minimal on the rocks so would make for easy hike just to see Wolf Rocks which are pretty neat (cliff of many large flat slanted rocks). There isn't much ascent/descent other than the initial climb up from Wind Gap so can sometimes get a little boring if doing full trail between the Gaps.

Ted Barber
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Hiking

This is a question, actually. We're planning to hike Wind Gap to Delaware Water Gap, starting at noonish in mid April and wondering what the water situation might be... we'll spend at least 1 night on the trail, probably not at Kirkridge shelter. Anyone know if the 2 small streams shown on either side of the trail, about 4 miles north from Wind Gap, have accessible water? Thanks.

Scott Blake
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Hiking

I hiked this trail several times. However, the access point I used isn't shown anymore. Does anyone know what happened to the Pen Argyl South Trail? It started at the top of Robinson Avenue by the reservoir, and followed the spring-fed stream that feeds the reservoir past several springs. It followed that notch you see in the topographic map to the top of Blue Mountain, and then over the top and then slighly downhill to meet the Appalachian trail. The spring water was worth the hike by itself. At twilight you could see the lights of the town flickering in the trees

Mario Giordano
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Hiking

This part of the Appalachian trail is very rocky and boring. Not much to view on this trail. How ever it is a tuff biking trail with down tree in trail and some boulder cuff. I have taking my dog in this trail and she loved it. I hiked this trail from 191 by Bangor to wind gap and it took me 4 hours on foot.

Jeanette Sommons
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we hiked from Delaware water gap to wind gap so we just came down the mountain. A bit rocky and steep at places but good. The mileage and map for this trail is correct but the name is very misleading. wind gap to fox gap is 8.6 miles one way.

William Kopycki
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Hiking

Using SugarFoot and SpecOp's recording as our guide, my son and I completed the 13.5mi (6.25 in/out) from Wind Gap to Wolf Rocks as an intro to hiking AT. As another reviewer noted, you are constantly looking down for rocks rather than the immediate scenery. Saw a deer and another hiker noted a black bear + cub near the early part of the route. Great, but tiring hike. Please note that if you are coming back and take the gravel road down, you will quickly realize this belongs to the PA Water company. As we were getting closer to where we knew the parking lot to be, we encountered a huge security gate. After a few minutes an employee appeared and we followed him out. There was no water at Wolf Rocks. A great day!

Jer. Ruggiero
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Backpacking

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Grizzly B.
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Backpacking

starts off with a wonderful ascent. then passes through a really nice Pin Oak Forest that if you get to in the morning and there's a fog is eerily beautiful. I did spot several brightly colored birds but I'm not a birder. the hike is Rocky and uneventful until wolf rocks. don't count on the springs for water anytime during the summer. oh did I mention it's Rocky and the rocks have rocks and gnomes come out at night and turn over the rocks and sharpen them.

Brian Crowe
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Prior posts about rocks and lack of vistas were spot on. The trail is enjoyable nonetheless. Good climb at the start gets the blood flowing. Some great spots for birding, etc. Well worth the time!

Joie Wehr
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Hiking

This was a physically demanding, intimately rewarding hike. SpecOps and I did 17.3mi all up from the Gap to Wolf Rocks and backish, back up the rock climb at the trailhead and to camp. Back down to the trailhead in the afternoon. This is my longest mileage hike to date and it was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for a better partner, exercise or weather. Can't wait for the next adventure. Tip: boots with higher ankles than a basic running shoe is ideal. I love my Merrells but not in the good ol common wealth of Pa. -SugarFoot

Theresa Now
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Hiking

This part of the trail has a very rough beginning. Like the other posts say, it starts out with a rocky stair case followed by a steep trail winding up to the ridge. Just hang in there- it levels out soon enough. Ankle supporting footwear is a must on this trail. It's a sea of rocks in most areas. When you're looking at your surroundings you can easily trip, but when you're looking at your footwork you're missing the scenery. Speaking to that- I hiked this yesterday (7/3/16) and was not able to see any views outside the ridge line as all of the leaves are fully grown now and you can't see past the canopy. No worries though- it's beautifully green everywhere and makes you appreciate all those who have trekked before. One thing to note: the summary of this trail says Wind Gap to Fox Gap is 3.7 miles out and back, but the trail marker shows Fox Gap is 8.4 miles one way. Enjoy!!

Michelle Anderson
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Hiking

I came home to visit family. Although I missed the big snow storm on 01.23, I got to enjoy the snow on the trail today. It was quite a challenge with all the snow. I only got to hike for 2 hours, but I'll be back for more.

Vincent Carden
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As mentioned in other posts the start going NOBO is steep and rocky but manageable. Take ridge line up to nice views.

Tom Massing
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Hiking

Agree with the previous reviews. The Northbound trailhead is in the parking lot. The southbound trail is up the road about 200 feet. The northbound trail is only about 50 feet over stair step cut rocks the .6 miles past the distance sign marker. The trail becomes flat along the ridge but is still rocky in places. The fall and spring are quite colorful but the early summer and late fall revel more of the sky and valley without the foliage which makes this a year-round trail.

Jeff Snell
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Hiking

Tough start and then into a path of jagged rocks for a while. Take your time climbing the first part and hiking boots highly recommended. Nice walk in and area that is traveled enough to feel safe but not so heavy that you can't get some time to yourself to clear your head.

Michael Bevil
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Hiking

Typical AT Hike in PA. Short steep section coming out of Wind Gap. Lots of rocks and little water. Wolf Rocks is a highlight.

Rose Laurito
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Hiking

Nice hike, some very nice overviews. Only steep in the beginning, watch footing on rocks.

Julia Warick
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Kevin Hartnett
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Wade Groff
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Audra Faulkner
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charlie Will
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Andrey Melnikov
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sophia betancourt
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Dillan King
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