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AT Pine Grove to Whiskey Springs
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AT Pine Grove to Whiskey Springs

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.Pine Grove Furnace State ParkAfter 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.The Appalachian Trail Museum, located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, commemorates pioneer Appalachian Trail builders and hikers including those in the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. Artifacts include a 1959 trail shelter from Peters Mountain and vintage hiking equipment such as canes. The museum was conceived in 1998 and is located in a stone gristmill building of the former Pine Grove Iron Works. It is the first hiking museum in the United States.At 0.4 miles the trail passes by a locked gate along an old railroad bed passing Fuller Lake on the right. The lake was once an iron ore quarry, filled with groundwater when the mining ended and became a popular swimming area in the state park. At 0.8 miles cross a footbridge, turn and then cross another foot bridge.At 1.4 miles turn right onto an old mountain road.  At 2.9 miles reach Old Forge Road and the blue blazed trail that travels 0.5 miles to Pole Steeple, a popular day hiker destination along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.  At 5.0 miles the Appalachian Trail turns right.At 6.0 miles cross Limekiln Road. At 7.7 miles cross Tagg Run. A blue blazed trail on the right leads 0.2 miles to the Tagg Run Shelter. At 8.0 miles cross Hunters Run Road. At 9.1 miles the trail reaches PA 34, turns left and crosses a stream on the highway bridge, then turns right. At 10.9 miles reach PA 94. In 0.2 miles cross Sheet Iron Roof Road, where there is some parking available. Cross a stream.  At 12.3 miles cross the dirt Old Town Road and start a steep climb up Rocky Ridge. There is a view on the left at 12.7 miles.At 13.6 miles cross Whiskey Springs Road and in less than 100 feet pass the always flowing spring. The AT crosses the road where the Mason-Dixon Trail begins, so if you are coming from the Dillsburg side of the mountain, you will be able to follow blue blazes along Whiskey Spring Road for several miles, right to the AT. Whiskey Spring Road is also accessible from Boiling Springs & Route 94. The section between Whiskey Springs and Oldtown Road is really quite charming, with beautiful boulders for scrambling and picnicking.Source: www.cnyhiking.com

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