Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County, PA

Pine Grove Road
Gardners
PA 17324

Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County, PA

Park/Recreation AreaBicycle SiteSwimmingSailing/Row Boat LaunchBird and Wildlife WatchingCamping

Overview

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PARK INFO: The park boasts 696 acres with two lakes, historic charcoal iron furnaces, and a brick English Tudor mansion. There are 4 miles of trails in addition to the Appalachian Trail that runs through the center of the park. There is also access to the Buck Ridge Trail and the Cumberland County Bike-Hike Trail.

AMENITIES: Multi-Purpose Field, Picnic Tables/Pavilions, Fishing, Hunting, Boating/Stream Access,Camping, Swimming Beach, Historic Site, Bird Watching, Environmental Educational Programs, Restrooms, Benches, Parking, Public Phone, Food/Vending, Drinking Fountain,
Wheel Chair/Stroller Accessible, Hike/Bike Trail

TRAIL INFO:Creek Trail: Trail begins at the amphitheater and is a quick half mile trail that ends on Bendersville Road and can be hiked back to your original starting point. Trail Type: Loop Trail.

3-Mile Loop: This covers a portion of Buck Ridge Trail, but is not as long or physically demanding. Start at Route 233N at the Buck Ridge Trail sign. Go to the right and follow the old road. You will cross a creek, another old road and then come to a “Y” where you will go left. Continue until you get to Leper Farm Road. Turn left on to Leper Farm Road and continue to Buck Ridge Trail on the left; it is marked and blazed in orange. Continue until you are back to Route 233. This can be done in reverse, but one needs to be familiar where it enters Leper Farm Road. Trail Type: Loop Trail.

Mountain Creek Trail: This trail links the bike trail leading to Fuller Lake (Railroad Bed Road). It allows the hiker softer ground to walk on because it isn’t paved. The trail is 1.4 miles long but you have to walk on Railroad Bed Road or Koppenhaver Trail to gain entrance to the trail. Trail Type: Out & Back

Kippenhaver Trail: This 1 mile loop trail is marked with yellow blazes and begins at the end of Fuller ball fi eld. It is a trail that passes through a mature pine and hemlock forest. Trail Type: Loop Trail.

Pole Steeple Trail: Marked by blue blazes this .75 mile trail contains some steep terrain. Trial is marked by blue blazes. The entire park can be viewed from the Pole Steeple Overlook but be careful of the sheer drops that exist along this trail. There is a separate parking area for access to this trail. The trail can be made longer and into a loop by taking Old Forge Road Back to the Railroad Bed Road.Trail Type: Loop Trail.

Sunset Rocks Trail: This is a 3-mile round trip. Take the Appalachian Trail south, Tr. 233S just past the Hostel. Follow white blazes to a footbridge. DO NOT go across the bridge. Go to the left and you will see blue blazes and a sign for SUNSET ROCKS. Go left and follow the blue blazes. The trail climbs over 500 feet in elevation to the top. Go to the right to see the lookout. To the left the trail dead ends, but is also a nice view. The trail to Sunset Rocks is relatively steep and has some rocks. Trail Type: Loop Trail.

Swamp Trail: This is the shortest trail at .25 miles but it allows you to view a forest swamp. It can be accessed from
the Railroad Bed Road bike route. Trail Type: Loop Trail.

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