This 12.4 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania features Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Appalachian Trail Museum and the views from Pole Steeple. There is one shelter available along this stretch of trail. The Tagg Run Shelter aka James Fry Shelter was built in 1998, sleeps nine with a composting privy nearby.
This section of trail begins at PA 233 (traveling northbound) and the trail follows the road briefly before turning right onto Bendersville Lane, passing Ironmaster's Mansion American Youth Hostel. At 0.3 miles the trail enters the 696 acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
After a long history that began in 1764, the 17,000 acre Pine Grove Ironworks
was sold to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1913. Much of the property was used to create Michaux State Forest
and part became Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established Camp S-51. The CCC built roads, trails and facilities until 1941 in the park.