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PA 233 to PA 94

Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pole Steeple

 

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This 10.9 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.

Pine Grove Iron Furnace

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 and the end of this section of the trail. 

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PA 233 to PA 94
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For more information to assist in planning your Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania adventure, we recommend these hiking books:

Appalachian Trail Guide to Pennsylvania

 Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States - MD PA NJ NY

 Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: Keystone Trails Association

 AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia

 50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania: From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Poconos and North Mountain

 Backpacking Pennsylvania: 37 Great Hikes

 50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania

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

 Hiking Pennsylvania

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