Water source update
(9/28/16) Info on the status of water sources in PA:
Quarry Gap Shelter: Dry
Pine Grove Furnace State Park—Ironmaster's Mansion August closures
The Ironmaster's Mansion (hostel) will be closed the following dates: 9/16, 9/17, 9/18 , 9/30, 10/1, 10/21 & 10/22, 10/28 & 10/29. The hostel will be closing for the season on November 1st.
Port Clinton—Trailhead parking closure
The parking lot at the corner of Blue Mountain Road and PA 61—on PA Game Commission property—is no longer available for access to the A.T. It is blocked and signed 'No Parking.' A nearby parking lot directly off PA 61 on Park Service Lands remains a viable option.
Boiling Springs—Allenberry Inn & Playhouse closed
The sale of the Allenberry was finalized recently and has now stopped accepting all guests, including hikers.
A.T. Midpoint (approx.) –Temporary Reroute Pending
The A.T. north of Dead Woman’s Hollow Road may be rerouted this spring, as early as August 1st, for short durations during mowing and prescribed fire operations. Hikers should observe signage and follow any re-routes as directed.
The PA Bureau of Forestry (PA BOF) in cooperation with ATC, PATC and the Western PA Conservancy, will conduct a 500+ acre project aimed at restoring a Scrub Oak/Pitch Pine Barrens ecosystem within the Big Pine Flats eco-region. The project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016 and will include approximately 2 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and its associated corridor in Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest near Dead Woman’s Hollow Road. This area is a critical reference site for pitch pine/scrub oak habitat. It will be treated using prescribed burning, a commercial timber sale, and mechanical mowing of the forest understory and some portion of the overstory tree layers.
For more info, contact: Roy Brubaker, District Forester, Michaux State Forest, (717) 352-2211
The water source for the Kirkridge Shelter, a tap on a short side trail behind the shelter, has been turned on for the 2016 season.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Parking rules
Pine Grove Furnace State Park requires that hikers check in with the park office before leaving a vehicle in the park and that vehicles be left for no more than one week.
Caledonia State Park – Parking rules
Caledonia State Park now requests that those parking overnight at the parking area on Rt. 30 register at the park office. For more information, contact the park at (717) 352-2161.
Lehigh Gap to Little Gap – CAUTION - Remedial activities in progress
Remedial activities associated with the revegetation of Blue Mountain are currently being conducted near the A.T. between Lehigh Gap and Little Gap as part of the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site. The Appalachian Trail and blue-blaze Winter Trail will remain open during these activities. Occasional truck traffic will occur on the administrative access road that parallels the A.T. Hikers are advised to stay on the A.T. and not use the road.
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Fluorescent Orange Requirement Nov. 15 - Dec 15: On state game lands in Pennsylvania (much of the A.T. between the Susquehanna River and Delaware Water Gap--roughly the northern 2/3 of the state), 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). The orange material must be visible from all angles (360 degrees). For more information about hunting ssafety along the A.T. visitwww.appalachiantrail.org/hunting
Camping Regulations: 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.