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Appalachian Trail - PA - Boiling Springs to Rt 850

A fairly easy 16 mile hike on the AT. It's easily done as an overnighter.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 16.4 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is my least favorite section of the AT that I've done so far. It was flat for the first 12 miles. The problem is, that you are... more »

Tips:  A lot of this section is in the open, so it got hot in the sun in August. Be sure to take some sun screen.

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Points of Interest

1. Parking lot in Boiling Springs.

This was the starting point for this section. The parking lot had plenty of space.

2. AT Visitor Center

This is one of the Appalachian Trail visitor centers.

Web site

3. Water

4. Foot Bridge

This was pretty neat. This wooden foot bridge must have been at least a quarter mile long, maybe longer. It was maybe 5-6 feet off the ground to avoid the swampy ground below. It's worthing hiking this section just to see this bridge.

5. Scenic Overlook

6. Darlington Shelter

This was a very nice shelter. There were four bunks, and plenty of floor space. The outhouse was huge and clean. In addition to the shelter, there was a lot of open space for tents. This site would accommodate a large group.

7. Parking Lot

This is a state game lands parking lot. It had plenty of space. I've parked there twice without incident.

8. Corn Field

There are a lot of corn fields to hike through on this section.

9. Cow Pasture

The AT goes through a cow pasture.

10. Wooded area on the trail.

This is one of the few wooded areas during the first 12 miles of this section.

11. Open Field

More open field hiking. It got hot during the day in August.