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AT in Pennsylvania

PA 183
to PA 61

Auburn Lookout, Port Clinton

 

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This 15.3 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania brings northbound hikers into Port Clinton. The main features of this section of the AT are the views from Auburn Lookout and the tons of rocks you'll find along the trail.  This is why hikers call this state Rocksylvania. 

There is one shelter on a side trail along this stretch of trail.  The Eagles Nest Shelter was built in 1994, sleeps eight with a privy located nearby.  The shelter is located on a 0.3 mile blue blazed side trail. 

This section of trail begins as the Appalachian Trail crosses PA 183 (heading northbound) and within 50 feet pass the Rentschler Marker.  Dr H.F. Rentschler led the work parties in 1926 that built the AT between the Lehigh and Susquehanna Rivers.  At 0.4 miles leave the woods road and turn right, following the white blazes.

At 0.5 miles cross a State Game Lands Road.  At 5.1 miles reach the junction of the blue blazed Sand Spring Trail. The usually reliable Sand Spring is located 0.15 miles away.  At 5.6 miles cross a State Game Lands Road.  At 5.8 miles reach the blue blazed trail that leads 0.3 miles to the Eagles Nest Shelter and then another 0.1 miles to a view.

Eagles Nest Shelter

At 7.7 miles cross an old mountain road.  At 8.4 miles the AT turns left and at 8.75 mile the trail makes a sharp right turn.  At 9.3 miles cross State Game Lands Road.  At 11.2 miles cross State Game Lands Road diagonally.  At 11.4 miles cross blue blazed Marshalls Path.  At 12.0 miles reach Auburn Lookout.

At 13.7 miles begin the steep descent toward Port Clinton.  At 14.6 reach the railroad bridge over the Schuylkill River and enter Port Clinton.  Port Clinton is a popular thru-hiker destination as many stay at the Port Clinton Hotel. Hikers are allowed to camp for free at the Church Grove Park grass area. Parking for the AT in Port Clinton is limited on the streets in town.

At 14.7 miles turn right and follow Broad Street.  At 14.8 miles turn right on Broad Street and soon enter woods and follow along Schuylkill River.  A blue blazed trail leads 300 feet to a parking area off PA 61. There is parking for about ten cars. The parking area is accessed via PA 61 south. The parking area GPS coordinates are N40 34.702 W76 01.444 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. At 15.3 miles the trail reaches below the PA 61 bridge and the end of this section. 

 

Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide
Pennsylvania
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Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks

Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT in Pennsylvania for ONLY $3.97!  This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along the 230 miles of trail in Pennsylvania and many of the official AT parking areas.  Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail!  Happy Hiking!

For more information to assist in planning your Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania adventure, we recommend these hiking books:

Appalachian Trail Guide to Pennsylvania

Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States - MD PA NJ NY

Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: Keystone Trails Association

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia

50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania: From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Poconos and North Mountain

Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Hikes

50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania

Hiking the Poconos: A Guide to the Area's Best Hiking Adventures

Hiking Pennsylvania

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