Family Hiking Day activities in Boiling Springs, PA!

Family Hiking Day

Family Hiking Day is this Saturday, September 28th.  It’s a terrific opportunity to get outdoors with the whole family so gather everyone for a hike together or split up, try different hikes and compare notes later.

Guided Hikes:

Ice Cream Rewards

This is a wonderful section for beginning hikers, as well as those who wish to enjoy the Trail without a lot of ups and downs. This area of the Trail passes through a portion of the Cumberland Valley, which is some of the flattest terrain along the entire Trail. Ample parking is available in the municipal lot on Bucher Hill Road at the end of Children’s Lake.   Join your fellow hikers after the hike for a sweet treat at a local ice cream shop.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Hike Leader:  Dennis Hurley, Susquehanna A.T. Club
Starting Point:  Fisherman’s Parking Lot, Bucher Hill Road, Boiling Springs (shuttles provided to Trindle Road Trailhead)
Meeting Time:  8:45 a.m.
Length of Hike:  4 miles (2-3 hours)

MARO Prepares for Family Hiking Day 2013!
MARO Prepares for Family Hiking Day 2013! Pictured: Kelly, Marion, Nicole

White Rocks Scramble
Meet at the Kuhn Road Trailhead in Boiling Springs for a 2.5 mile hike up the White Rocks trail.  This is a steep trail with lots of rock scrambling to keep things interesting.  Once at the top, enjoy the fabulous view of the valley below from atop huge boulders.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Hike leader: Christine Lauriello, Cumberland Valley A.T. Club
Starting Point:  White Rocks Trailhead Parking, Kuhn Road, Boiling Springs
Meeting Time:  8:45 a.m.
Length of Hike:  2.5 miles (2-3 hours)

Whiskey Spring Rock Maze
This hike offers lots of fabulous rock formations that are fascinating to look at.  You’ll hike up and over, as well as around and through as you travel along the Trail.  Although there are a lot of rocks, this is a moderate hike that is lots of fun.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Hike leader: Katie Barker, Susquehanna A.T. Club
Starting Point:  Whiskey Spring Trailhead Shoulder Parking, Whiskey Spring Road, Boiling Springs
Meeting Time:  8:45 a.m.
Length of Hike:  3 miles (2 hours)

Family Hiking Day Celebration:
When:  Saturday, September 28th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where:  The Appalachian Trail at Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs, PA (4 East First Street, 17007)
What:  Tons of fun things to do…

  • Music by Central PA ukulele sensation, Grant Goldsworthy
  • Get to know the Superhero Plants of the Cumberland Valley
  • Conservation scavenger hunt
  • Meet Smokey Bear
  • Face painting
  • ATC tattoos
  • Family Hiking Day stickers for all participants
  • Family Hiking T-shirts for the first 20 participants to complete all of the activity stations and turn in their Family Hiking Day Wrap-Up sheet
Enjoy music, outdoor activities, face painting and a special visit from Smokey Bear.Click here to register for free.Click here to download a free copy of our Family Hiking Day Adventure Packet.For more information, stop by the ATC in Boiling Springs, call 717-258-5771 or email kmcginley@appalachiantrail.org.

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