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Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the Appalachian Trail as it travels in Pennsylvania. The guide is broken down by 14 sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment.
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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!

The Appalachian Trail travels nearly 230 miles in Pennsylvania from Pen Mar, a small town that straddles the state border with Maryland in the south, to the Delaware Water Gap and New Jersey in the north.  After some surprisingly easy hiking as the trail crosses the Great Valley of the Appalachians and the Susquehanna River, the trail follows the ridgeline of mountains in a long stretch of trail notorious for its foot bruising, boot destroying rocks.  You will find out first hand how this state got its AT nickname of Rocksylvania.

The mid point of the entire Appalachian Trail is located in Pine Grove Furnace State Forest.  The Pine Grove General Store is the location of the traditional 'half-gallon club', where you eat a half gallon of ice cream to mark your halfway point.  Thru hikers will enjoy the ease of re-supply in the state as the trail passes directly through a number of towns and passes nearby to other towns.  The trail also travels through Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest in the southern part of the trail in the state.

Enjoying the view from Nelson's Vista along the Appalachian Trail

Hiking during the summer months can be oppressive at times and water can be scarce.  There are numerous shelters located along the trail and there are many memorable views to be had, but many thru hikers will remember the state because of the rocks.  At times you will wonder how did so many jagged, rugged, sharp rocks get here?

Some of the most memorable places along the AT in Pennsylvania include Chimney Rocks, Pole Steeple, Center Point Knob, Scott Farm Trail Work Center, Hawk Rock, Clarks Ferry Bridge, Table Rock, Shikellimy Overlook, Stony Mountain, Yellow Springs Ghost Town, Round Head, Shower Steps, Windsor Furnace, Pulpit Rock, The Pinnacle, Dans Pulpit, The Cliffs, Knife Edge, Bear Rocks, Bake Oven Knob, Lehigh Gap, Hahns Lookout, Wolf Rocks, Nelson Vista, Lunch Rocks, Mount Minsi, Lookout Rocks and Council Rock.

We recommend taking the trip from Central New York to do some hiking along the AT in Pennsylvania.  It will be memorable experience.  For more information use the links above to see different sections of the trail (links under construction). Look below for a detailed description of key points along the AT in Pennsylvania.

Miles from Springer Mtn Elevation Key points along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania
1059.9 1250 feet Mason-Dixon Line, Maryland-Pennsylvania State Line
1060.0 1240 feet Pen Mar Road
1061.0 1290 feet Buena Vista Road
1062.2 1350 feet Old PA 16
1062.5 1200 feet PA 16 (Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214) (Waynesboro, PA 17268)
1062.7 1250 feet Mackie Run, Mentzer Gap Road
1063.3 1300 feet Bailey Spring
1064.6 1420 feet Deer Lick Shelter
1067.0 890 feet Old Forge Park, Antietam Shelter
1067.4 900 feet Rattlesnake Run Road
1068.0 1000 feet Old Forge Road
1068.2 1120 feet Tumbling Run Shelters
1069.5 1900 feet Chimney Rocks
1072.8 1560 feet Swamp Road
1073.1 1600 feet PA 233 (South Mountain, PA 17261)
1074.8 1520 feet Rocky Mountain Shelters
1077.8 960 feet US 30, Caledonia State Park (Fayetteville, PA 17222)
1079.7 1250 feet Quarry Gap Road
1080.4 1455 feet Quarry Gap Shelters
1081.9 1980 feet Sandy Sod Junction
1084.5 2050 feet Middle Ridge Road
1085.0 1800 feet Ridge Road, Means Hollow Road
1085.4 1600 feet Milesburn Road
1087.8 1795 feet Birch Run Shelter
1089.1 2040 feet Shippensburg Road, Big Flat Fire Tower
1092.9 1850 feet Woodrow Road
1094.0 1300 feet Tom Run Shelters
1094.5 1250 feet Mid Point Marker
1095.8 1100 feet Halfway Spring
1097.4 900 feet PA 233
1097.7 850 feet Pine Grove Furnace State Park, AT Museum
1100.2 1300 feet Pole Steeple side trail
1103.7 1050 feet Trail to Mountain Creek Campground
1104.5 750 feet Spring
1104.9 805 feet James Fry Shelter aka Tagg Run Shelter
1105.4 750 feet Pine Grove Road
1106.3 670 feet PA 34, Hunters Run Road
1108.1 880 feet PA 94 (Mount Holly Springs, PA 17065)
1110.9 830 feet Whiskey Spring, Whiskey Spring Road
1113.0 850 feet Alec Kennedy Shelter
1113.9 1060 feet Center Point Knob
1116.4 500 feet Backpackers Campsite
1116.6 500 feet Yellow Breeches Creek
1116.9 500 feet PA 174, ATC Mid-Atlantic Office (Boiling Springs, PA 17007)
1118.9 580 feet PA 74
1121.0 540 feet PA 641, Trindle Road
1123.7 495 feet I-76
1124.9 490 feet US 11 footbridge
1125.8 485 feet I-81 overpass
1127.2 480 feet Conodoguinet Creek Bridge, ATC Scott Farm Trail Work Center
1129.2 480 feet PA 944
1130.2 650 feet Spring
1131.1 1390 feet Tuscarora Trail (northern terminus), Darlington Trail
1131.2 1170 feet Darlington Shelter
1133.5 650 feet PA 850
1138.5 1120 feet Cove Mountain Shelter
1140.4 1140 feet Hawk Rock
1142.1 385 feet US 11 & US 15, PA 274
1142.6 385 feet Market Street (Duncannon, PA 17020)
1143.6 380 feet PA 849, Juniata River
1143.8 380 feet Clarks Ferry Bridge, Susquehanna River
1144.4 400 feet US 22 & US 322
1146.9 1000 feet Campsite
1147.1 1180 feet Clarks Ferry Shelter
1151.0 1250 feet PA 225 footbridge
1153.0 1200 feet Table Rock
1153.8 970 feet Peters Mountain Shelter
1156.5 1320 feet Kinter View
1160.2 700 feet Spring
1160.5 550 feet PA 325, Clark's Valley
1163.8 1650 feet Stony Mountain, Horse-Shoe Trail
1167.2 1450 feet Yellow Springs Village site
1169.5 1400 feet Cold Spring Trail
1171.8 970 feet Rausch Gap Shelter
1176.5 550 feet PA 443
1177.9 480 feet PA 72, Swatara Gap
1178.3 450 feet I-81 underpass
1185.2 1300 feet William Penn Shelter
1187.4 1250 feet PA 645
1189.3 1460 feet PA 501, 501 Shelter (Pine Grove, PA 17963)
1189.8 1450 feet Pilger Ruh Spring Trail, Applebee Campsite
1192.4 1500 feet Round Head, Shower Steps
1194.9 1200 feet Hertlein Campsite
1195.0 1200 feet Shuberts Gap
1198.3 1440 feet Fort Dietrich Snyder marker
1198.6 1450 feet PA 183, Rentschler Marker
1199.9 1510 feet Black Swatara Spring
1203.7 1510 feet Sand Spring Trail
1204.4 1510 feet Eagle's Nest Shelter
1206.3 1450 feet Shartlesville Cross-Mountain Road
1209.0 1500 feet Phillips Canyon Spring
1213.3 400 feet Port Clinton, PA 19549
1213.7 490 feet PA 61 (Hamburg, PA 19526)
1216.3 1200 feet Spring
1218.9 900 feet Windsor Furnace
1219.1 880 feet Windsor Furnace Shelter
1220.7 1582 feet Pulpit Rock
1222.5 1150 feet Trail to Blue Rocks Campground
1222.9 1615 feet The Pinnacle
1228.2 535 feet Hawk Mountain Road, Eckville Shelter
1234.3 1560 feet Tri-County Corner
1235.6 1350 feet Allentown Hiking Club Shelter
1237.5 1350 feet Fort Franklin Road
1239.7 1360 feet PA 309, Blue Mountain Summit
1241.5 1400 feet New Tripoli Campsite
1242.5 1525 feet Knife Edge
1243.2 1604 feet Bear Rocks
1244.6 1450 feet Bake Oven Knob Road
1245.0 1560 feet Bake Oven Knob
1245.6 1380 feet Bake Oven Knob Shelter
1248.0 1320 feet Ashfield Road, Lehigh Furnace Gap
1252.4 1000 feet George W Outerbridge Shelter
1253.0 380 feet PA 873, Lehigh Gap (Slatington, PA 18080)
1253.1 380 feet PA 873, Lehigh River Bridge
1253.3 380 feet PA 145, PA 248 (Palmerton, PA 18071) (Walnutport, PA 18088)
1258.3 1100 feet Little Gap, Blue Mountain Road
1263.1 1580 feet Delps Trail
1264.9 1510 feet Stempa Spring
1265.6 1540 feet Smith Gap Road
1269.1 1410 feet Leroy A Smith Shelter
1272.7 1450 feet Hahns Lookout
1273.7 980 feet PA 33 (Wind Gap, PA 18091)
1280.7 1550 feet Wolf Rocks
1282.3 1400 feet PA 191, Fox Gap
1282.9 1480 feet Kirkridge Shelter
1283.1 1450 feet Nelson Vista
1283.7 1475 feet Lunch Rocks
1284.8 1300 feet Totts Gap
1286.8 1461 feet Mount Minsi
1287.8 800 feet Lookout Rock
1288.6 600 feet Council Rock
1289.3 400 feet PA 611 (Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327)
1289.5 350 feet Delaware River Bridge, Pennsylvania/New Jersey State Line

We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania:

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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