ALERT - July 2021   Pennsylvania – Bridge Damage – Antietam Creek

The Appalachian Trail footbridge over Antietam Creek near Old Forge Picnic Area (NOBO mile 1,074) is closed after a tree fell and destroyed much of the bridge. A.T. hikers are encouraged to take a temporary half-mile detour that uses a portion of Rattlesnake Run Road and the connecting Chickadee Trail, or to ford the creek until bridge repairs can be completed.

Updates: 


Updates to the Tuscarora Trail North and South Guidebooks


Pen Mar - Parking Pass Available

 An advance parking pass is available for overnight parking at PenMar. It is not required, but is strongly recommended for those leaving a vehicle for more than a couple of nights. Here's how to get the pass: 

Click here to email the Washington County Parks and Facilities Department. Be prepared to provide the following information:

(1) make and model of your vehicle.
(2) registered owner's name.
(3) tag information.
(4) dates the vehicle will parked.

You will receive a "Do Not Tow" pass as an attachment that must be printed and posted in your vehicle so local police will know that the vehicle has been registered. For more information, call (240) 313-2700 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (reduced hours during winter months).


Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Parking rules
Pine Grove Furnace State Park requires that hikers check in with the park office before leaving a vehicle in the park and that vehicles be left for no more than one week. 


Update - Caledonia State Park – Parking rules
Caledonia State Park requests that those parking overnight at the parking area on Rt. 30 register at the park office. For more information, contact the park at (717) 352-2161.  


Update - Pennsylvania Game Commission Lands Camping Regulations
Only thru-hikers (defined as those "walking the Appalachian Trail from point of beginning to an exit, which is not the place of beginning") may camp on Pennsylvania Game Commission lands, and these hikers must camp within 200 ft of A.T. and at least 500 ft from a spring, stream or public access area.

Update Pennsylvania Game Commission Fluorescent Orange Requirement Nov. 15 - Dec 15
On state game lands in Pennsylvania all hunters and non-hunters are required to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, or a fluorescent orange hat, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 (except on Sundays). The orange material must be visible from all angles (360 degrees).