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Welcome to Pennsylvania

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail's northern and southern ends. Here's what to expect in Pennsylvania. 

 
229 MILES
 
A.T. Miles in State
 
​RATING: 1-9
 
Easy to Difficult
 
320'-2080'
 
Elevation Range in Feet

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You can explore many locations along the trail including shelters, A.T. Communities, Trail Clubs, and more!

Maps and Guides

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Comprehensive and accurate A.T. printed hiking maps are available from the Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store.

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Pennsylvania's nickname is "Rocksylvania," but it’s not all rocks. 
The A.T. in Pennsylvania is famed for its rocky terrain, especially on the long, flat ridges north of the Susquehanna River. The southern part of the state offers some of the gentlest, smoothest terrain of the entire A.T., including the Cumberland Valley.  Other highlights are the A.T. Museum in Pine Grove State Park (home to the “half gallon challenge near the Trail’s mid-point) and the charming town of Boiling Springs, which houses ATC’s mid-Atlantic office. Flat, rocky ridges broken by steep descents to rivers and gaps characterize the A.T. north of the Susquehanna. 

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The A.T. passes through game lands managed for hunting, so fall is not the best time to go.

All hunters and non-hunters are required to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, or a fluorescent orange hat, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 (except on Sundays) on state game lands in Pennsylvania (much of the A.T. between the and Delaware Water Gap (roughly the northern 2/3 of the state). For more information about hunting safety along the A.T. visit www.appalachiantrail.org/hunting.

Only thru-hikers (defined as those "walking the Appalachian Trail from point of beginning to an exit, which is not the place of beginning) may camp on Pennsylvania Game Commission lands, and these hikers must camp within 200 ft of A.T., at least 500 ft from a stream or spring.

In addition, camping regulations vary considerably throughout the state, so be sure to plan ahead for your hike.

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