Boiling Springs' Appalachian Trail Celebration

The Appalachian Trail (AT) turns 75 on August 14, 2012. The original trail took more than 15 years to build and was completed on August 14, 1937.

Thousands of lives have been changed by strolling along or thru-hiking the AT -- the world's longest hiking-only footpath.

The AT meanders 2,181 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Maine's Mount Katahdin. Between those two points hikers find wondrous wonders, fellow sojourners and sometimes ... they find themselves.

In celebration of the anniversary, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has organized a dandy party.

You're invited to join them for fantastic hikes, educational workshops and an open house at the ATC office in Boiling Springs, PA.

Scheduled Events

Center Point Knob Discovery Hike

Wednesday, August 1st 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy a presentation by Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Regional Program Resources Manager Michele Miller on the many plants and animals you may encounter in the Cumberland Valley region of the Appalachian Trail. Then, set off for a moderate six-mile hike along the Trail with Karen Balaban, past-president of the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club.

Park at the Iron Works Parking Lot at the East end of Children's Lake and walk to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office at the other end of the lake. Wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and snacks and enjoy the hike.

Dauphin Bring-A-Friend Hike

Thursday, August 2nd 5:30 p.m.

This hike will begin at Victoria Trail, one of the many side trails that offer easy access to the Appalachian Trail. The Victoria Trail meets up with the Appalachian Trail along the ridge.

We will hike a vertical ascent of approximately 700 ft. in one mile on the Victoria Trail. There are switchbacks and we will wait for all hikers, but please be aware that you should be in good physical shape for this hike. Hike is just shy of three miles.

This is an exciting and challenging hike for beginners, led by Trisha Sanders of the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club. It's a way to test your ability with a significant elevation change and experience a section of the infamous Appalachian Trail without having to hike too many miles.

Experienced hikers are welcome to come and bring a friend/family member, but please be patient while we introduce them to this exceptional footpath.

Meet at 5:30 PM at the Allegheny Street Park & Ride in Dauphin for a shuttle to the start of the hike at Victoria Trail.

Bring water, snacks and bug spray. No sandals please unless they are hiking sandals. Minimum age is 12. No pets please.

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White Rocks Full Moon Hike

Thursday, August 2nd 7:15 p.m.

Experience the Appalachian Trail in a brand new way by joining us for a twilight full moon hike. Mike O'Connor of the Mountain Club of Maryland will be your expert guide for this hike.

We'll start by hiking up the White Rocks trail, visit the halfway point of the trail at Center Point Knob and finish by hiking three miles to the Iron Furnace through woods and open field to enjoy the moonlight.

Meet at the Iron Furnace parking lot on Bucher Hill Road at 7:15 PM. Hikers will be shuttled to the White Rocks trailhead for the start of the hike.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp and plenty of water. Wear broken-in hiking shoes or boots and be prepared for plenty of rock scrambling.

Table Rock Full Moon Hike

Thursday, August 2nd 7:15 p.m.

Discover the trail in a whole new light...moonlight! Join Karen Balaban, past-president of the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, for a full moon hike along the AT.

The hike, along the two-mile stretch of the AT to Table Rock, will be on moderate terrain and is family friendly.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp, as well as snacks and plenty of water to enjoy during a brief presentation on the AT. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers and bring a light jacket.

Meet at the Dauphin, US Rt. 22/322 Park & Ride on Allegheny Street at the Halifax PA-225 exit. Carpool departs from the park & ride lot promptly at 7:15 pm.

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Boiling Springs Family Hike

Friday, August 3rd 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a Hiking 101 presentation by Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Trail Resources Manager Bob Sickley, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Landscape Protection Coordinator Kim Williams, and Appalachian Trail Conservancy PA ACT 24 Coordinator Kim McKee. All three have thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and will tell their stories, as well as offer a brief workshop on Leave No Trace principles.

Ask as many questions as you like and then step out onto the trail for an easy three-mile hike, led by Rob Shaw of the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club.

Presentation will begin at 6:00 at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office. Parking is available at the Iron Furnace lot on Bucher Hill Road in Boiling Springs.

Millers Gap Full Moon Hike

Friday, August 3rd 8:00 p.m.

Head out for a beautiful hike along the Appalachian Trail in Perry County, led by Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club president, Jim Foster.

We'll head south up Blue Mountain to the Darlington Shelter where we'll stop for a break. After a brief respite, we'll continue on the Darlington Trail to Millers Gap, then head down Millers Gap Road (a quiet dirt road) back to the parking area.

Meet at EITHER the parking lot next to the Sovereign Bank in the Camp Hill Mall, at 7:30 p.m., OR at the Route 850 Appalachian Trail parking lot at 8:00 p.m. Note that the Route 850 parking lot is pretty small, so please carpool from Camp Hill or elsewhere if you can.

Bring a flashlight or head lamp, plenty of water and snacks. Wear broken-in hiking shoes or boots.

Shikellimy Family Hike

Saturday, August 4th 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy another of the many side trails that provide easy access to the Appalachian Trail by beginning this hike on the Shikellimy Trail. We'll ascend one mile to the ridge of Peters Mountain onto the Appalachian Trail, where our hike will continue for two and a half miles, including a descent to Clarks Creek.

Meet at the Dauphin, Rt. 22/322 Park & Ride on Allegheny Street at the Halifax, PA-225 exit.

Carpool vehicles will leave promptly at 9:00 a.m. Bring snacks and plenty of water to enjoy during a brief presentation on the AT and trail maintenance given by Karen Balaban, past-president of the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and no pets please. Wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers.

Click here for a map of the location

Our friends at the Boiling Springs, PA, office of the ATC deserve our thanks for these special events.

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