White Rocks Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 518 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Great rocks for climbing, repelling, and bouldering. Climbs the mountain to top about 500' gain, then heads out along the top of the mountain until it hits Center Point Knob. Joins the Appalachian Trail at Center Point Knob (about 1.5mi from trail head)

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rocky
1 day ago

This is a fun trail. Fairly significant elevation to peak. Would be good as a sunrise hike

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rocky
2 days ago

Our family really enjoyed hiking this trail! The paths were clearly marked and wide enough to pass others. Loved that the the trail is through a wooded area and this mostly all shaded. Tennis shoes or boots would be best for the rocky paths. We had our two kids ages 5 & 8 and they had no trouble navigating the rocky terrain. We also had the in laws along who are around 70 years old and they made it to the top of the first main ascent which was around the 1 mile mark then we came back down. If we get a chance in the future I’d like to hike the entire trail!

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rocky
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

First half of the trail is pretty easy, a little rocky with a moderate incline towards the ridge line. The second half follows the ridge and is extremely rocky. Where appropriate footwear and take your time. The termination of the trail is rather insignificant, it is essentially just a link up to the AT. Along the ridge though is where this trail shines, nice views and great opportunities for bouldering.

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muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Nice trail. Nicely marked and maintained.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

beautiful trail but not good for social distancing. I started when only 2 other cars in parking area. got back an 17 cars. I went off trail to get back and counted approximately 30 people on a 1.5 mile area.

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rocky
1 month ago

It was very interesting trail. Definitely moderate and very rocky. I would not recommend this trail during social distancing days.

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rocky
1 month ago

This was a neat trail! Lots and lots of rocks. Be aware so you don’t twist an ankle! Busy today but most people followed social distancing guidelines. Great views.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This is a very popular and well traveled trail on nice days. I don't know if it has always been this way or just due to the Coronavirus lockdown. This trail is PET and kid-friendly. It is a moderate step switchback climb to the top. Then it is a boulder scramble for most of the rest of the way. The blue blaze trail just kind of ends in a flat circle but meets the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. We followed the AT up the mountain a ways further to Center Point Knob. Note: the scenic lookout is not at the end of the blue trail. It is when you get to the boulders with the blue paint with an arrow pointing up or right. Make sure to go UP if you want the best view.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Well maintained. Nice views.

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scramble
1 month ago

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bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Well-maintained trail. Easy to follow- well marked. Very rocky. There is a parking lot and ppl also park on the road shoulder, too. The view is alright. There is only a view on one side of the mountain because the tree coverage on the other side is too high/thick. The side you can see is kinda meh, but it’s a nice little walk. Kids could do this hike, but might need help when you get to the boulders. This hike is like... mid-size dog friendly.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

If you are looking for a rock scramble without allot of up front hiking this a trail for you. In 0.6 miles from the parking area and a brisk rocky climb you are on an East/West ridge of classic age old crumbling Appalachian limestone. Views of the state Forest land to the east and south and Cumberland valley farmland to the north and west are abundant when the foliage is down. When leaves are in the trees there are some key rocks providing decent sites below. This is not a great hike for the pup and footing can be tricky. Kids skilled at scrambling will really enjoy it. Due to the close proximity to Boiling Springs, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, and Harrisburg this trail can get very, very busy. The parking area will often overflow onto Kuhn road. There is a good deal of wear on this high traffic trail. Come at sunrise for a good view and the best seclusion. After reaching Center Point Knob consider venturing South on the AT to the bottom of the ridge to an intersection with an unmarked but well traveled state forest trail. This wide flat trail returns 1.4 miles to Kuhn Rd where a .2 mile jaunt will return you to the parking area.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great for rock scrambling. Not good for dogs. Parking is limited and it is heavily trafficked. Good for children that are comfortable with rock climbing. Very well marked.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

My family and I enjoyed this trail. It’s a moderate trail that is challenging because of how rocky it is. I have a totally reconstructed knee and it was definitely challenging for me, but doable. We also took our little dog and he did great! However, today was so heavily trafficked, I only gave it 3 stars. Great views!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

scramble
2 months ago

Easy to follow the trail! My kids (ages 12 and 14) loved climbing on the rocks. We only made it about halfway because we made the mistake of taking our leashed dog. The huge rocks were hard for her, and it was tricky to see how to get around them. I bet this is a snake haven in the warm months!

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