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Susquehanna River to
Clarks Valley (PA 325)

Peters Mountain, Kinter View, Table Rock Overlook

 

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This 16.2 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania takes northbound hikers from the Susquehanna River to the Clarks Valley. The main features of this section of the AT include Peters Mountain and the nice views from Kinter View and Table Rock Overlook.  There are two shelters along this stretch of trail. 

The Clarks Ferry Shelter was built in 1993 and sleeps eight with a privy located nearby.  The orginal Peters Mountain Shelter was built by Earl Shaffer.  Earl "Crazy One" Shaffer is recognized as the first thru hiker of the Appalachian Trail.  Mr Shaffer became the first northbound thru hiker in 1948 and the first southbound thru hiker in 1965.  In 1998, at the age of 79, Mr Shaffer completed another northbound thru hike to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first AT thru hike. 

That first shelter built by Mr Shaffer is now in the Appalachian Trail Museum.  The new, larger Peters Mountain Shelter was built in 1994.  This huge shelter sleeps twenty and has a privy close by.  There is a steep path of almost 300 rock steps that leads to a water source.

This section of the AT begins after the trail crosses over the Susquehanna River on the Clarks Ferry Bridge.  Cross the highway with care and turn left to follow the road for 300 feet, then turn right off the road.  Cross the railroad tracks and enter the woods.

The trail starts a steep ascent of Peters Mountain.  At 0.5 miles reach the junction of the blue blazed Susquehanna Trail, which will rejoin the in two miles.  The blue blazed trail is one mile long.  At 0.8 miles pass an old stone foundation for a mule barn that was part of the old Berkeheimer Farm, which burned sometime between 1910 and 1920.

At 0.9 miles reach a logging road.  Turn right and follow the road to its end.  The trail continues up the mountain.  At 1.0 miles there is a view of Sherman's Creek and the town of Duncannon across the Susquehanna.  The trail continues to climb to the crest of the mountain with views over outcrops.

Clarks Ferry Shelter on Peters Mountain along the Appalachian Trail

 At 2.5 miles reach the crest of Peters Mountain and the junction of the blue blazed Susquehanna Trail.  At 2.8 miles a blue blazed trail on the right leads 300 feet to the Clarks Ferry Shelter.  At 3.1 miles cross under a power line.  The trail follows an old road for about 1200 feet.

At 3.8 miles pass by a rock overhang that could be used as an emergency shelter.  At 4.0 miles cross a pipeline with a nice view toward Dauphin Gap and Harrisburg.  At 6.7 miles cross the pedestrian bridge over busy PA 225.  The bridge was built in 2003.  There is a view to the north from the bridge.  Parking area on other side of bridge.

View from Table Rock Overlook

At 6.9 miles pass view south toward Dauphin Narrows and Harrisburg.  At 7.3 miles pass under double powerlines with views to the north.  At 8.7 miles reach a blue blazed side trail that travels 150 feet to Table Rock Overlook with a nice view to the south.  At 8.8 miles reach a PRIVATE yellow blazed side trail that leads 1.5 miles to a church camp.  A fee is charged to use this trail.

At 9.5 miles reach the Peters Mountain Shelter.  At 10.5 miles reach intersection with the blue blazed Victoria Trail.  To the east the trail travels 0.6 miles to a State Game Lands Parking Area on PA 325.  To the west the trail travels 1.2 miles to a day use parking area in Ibberson Conservation Area.

At 11.1 miles reach the junction with the pink blazed Whitetail Trail, which is part of the Ibberson Conservation Area hiking trail system.  At 12.2 miles reach a blue blazed side trail leads 175 feet to Kinter View, a cliff with good views of Clarks Valley.

At 12.9 miles reach Shikellimy Rocks with winter views of Clarks Valley.  At 13.6 miles reach the blue blazed Shikellimy Trail that travels 0.9 miles down the mountain to roadside parking along PA 325.  At 15.1 miles begin a long descent into Clarks Valley.  At 15.9 miles a blue balzed trail leads 400 feet to a reliable spring. At 16.2 miles reach PA 325 and the end of this section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.

 

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 Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Hikes

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 Hiking the Poconos: A Guide to the Area's Best Hiking Adventures

 Hiking Pennsylvania

 

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