Parking on the PA Appalachian Trail

Section 2 - Wind Gap to Lehigh Gap Displayed from North to South

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Parking Safety
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Wind Gap
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  Wind Gap has a medium size parking lot right on a major road, frequently used by over nighters. Not real large, it is ideal on weekdays may not accommodate an RV on a nice fall weekend. There may be places that could accommodate an RV in the town of Wind Gap. Perhaps the police could help with that. 6
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
  At Wind Gap the lot is right on the road and very close to Route 33. The lot is tilted, but you should be able to fit an RV in there.  
Dan.Schwartz @ lehigh.edu
From the town of Wind Gap go north on PA 115 (Wilkes Barre Tpke). Parking area is on the right side of road just before the Route 33 overpass. Rotate the street view on the attached map from east to north to see the parking area. GPS: N 40.51.633 W 075.17.552 To get to the southbound trail to Section 2 from this parking area (Marker B), you need to cross Route 115 and walk north along route 115 under Route 33. to Marker A The trail proceeds up the set of steps on left. If you are traveling North to Section 1, the trail head is behind the parking lot. That would be just to the right of the maroon car in the street view. (10/13/2004) 8 - 10 cars 1
at @ rohland.org
From the west on !-80. Take Exit 302A for PA 33 south. Follow PA 33 for 11 miles to the northern exit for Wind Gap. This is the exit to PA 512. Go left on PA 812. go back under PA 33 and continue a short distance to the parking area on the right.

From the east on I-80. Take Exit 304 and follow US 209 west towards Snydersville. In approximately 2.5 miles take the ramp onto PA 33 southbound. US 209 and PA 33 are coincident for a few miles. Continue on PA 33 7 miles to the northern Wind Gap Exit (to PA 512) and proceed as above.

From I-78. Take 71 and go north on PA 33 for 15 miles to the southern Wind Gap Exit. Go east then north and follow PA 512 through Wind Gap to the parking area on the right. This is about 2 miles from the PA 33 exit.
03/07/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
5.6
Katellan Trail
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  There is a state game lands parking lot at Katellen. This lot is of ample size to fit an RV and are "off" the road. The Katellen trails are only accessible from the south side of the mountain.  
Dan.Schwartz @ lehigh.edu
From the southern Wind Gap Exit off PA 33, go est on East Moorestown Road (PA 512) for about a mile, then go right onto Mountain Road (PA 4019). In 2.2 miles, turn right on Clearfield Road. In 0.3 miles at a T intersection, go left. The parking lot will be on the right in a short distance. The Katellan Trail mostly follows an old road, passing the Leroy Smith Shelter and reaching the AT in 0.9 miles. Here the southbound AT goes left (west) while the northbound goes right (east). 03/07/10 12-15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.1
Smith Gap
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  From the 2 approaches that we found, there were load restrictions for larger vehicles (5 tons).  
at @ rohland.org
  The road crossing at Smith Gap where there is also parking both in a small parking lot and right along the road. Not recommended for leaving cars overnight.  
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
  Smith Gap has a small parking area at the road crossing. Easy to find, but not much parking. Usually you can fit in 2-3 cars on each side of the ridge road (maybe an RV if nobody else is parked there). 2-3
Dan.Schwartz @ lehigh.edu
  I just wanted to send you an update on the Smith Gap parking area in Section 2 as of 4/1/01. On the Appalachian Trail maps of PA (The Appalachian Trail Guide - Pennsylvania) there is a small parking area shown a short distance downhill from the trail crossing on Smith Gap road. This parking area has been blocked off, and is NOT usable. The ONLY parking spots are where the trail crosses Smith Gap Road (off the side of the road in the dirt), and only 2 cars can fit there. We left our car there ove  
sailawye @ hotmail.com
From the North: From the town of Wind Gap go north on North Broadway. Bear left on old PA 115 (Wilkes Barre Tpke) under PA 33. About 0.,5 miles from PA 33, turn left on Mountain Rd. This will become Upper Smith Gap Rd. Go a total of 8 miles west from Wilkjes Barre Turnpike (PA 115) Turn left in Smith Gap on Point Phillip Road, which then becomes Smith Gap Road and crosses the trail. This is at the crest of the ridge about two miles from Upper Smith Gap Road. There is a pull off of the side of the road on the left before the parking on the right. The parking on the right is on either side of a private road entrance. GPS: N 40.49.528 W 075.24.862 Traveling north from this point is a fairly easy hike. Very little elevation gain. This section of the trail, as is most of the PA trail, is very rocky. Significant elevation loss heading into Wind Gap. You pass the Smith shelter and spring side trail. There are nice views once you get close to Wind Gap. Not much else to see until then. Traveling south from Smith Gap is also fairly easy with very little altitude change. (09/13/2005) One car on side of road and 3 - 4 at the trail crossing. 1
at @ rohland.org
Upper smith gap road, south to parking at smith gap. the road is not named on the AT map. It is called Pt. Phillips Road. No trouble finding parking area 06/17/09
isimstrwk @ aol.com
The attached map is essentially the same one as above, but it shows the street view. Rotate to the west to see the parking at the intersection in Smith Gap. Rotate to the southwest to see the southbound AT entering the woods. Rotate to the east to se the northbound trail. 03/07/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.6
Delps Side Trail
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  There is a game lands parking lot at Delps trail head. Not the easiest place to find. The climb up is a steep one and is good conditioning if you want that sort of climb. 20-30
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
At Delps the game lands lot is difficult to find, as you go up an unmarked dirt road between some houses and then make a right turn off into the woods for a ways. If you don't know where it is, you'll probably have difficulty finding this lot. The Delps trail is only accessible from the south side of the mountain. This lot is of ample size to fit an RV and are "off" the road.  
Dan.Schwartz @ lehigh.edu
From Wind Gap take 512 south to Moorestown. Go north on Community Drive (route 946).After 946 makes a sharp right bend, turn right on Point Phillips Road. Turn left on Smith Gap Road. Turn left on Mountain Road. Turn right onto Delps Road. Delps Road will make a 90 degree right turn. You will pass Tu Peek Avenue and Delps Road will make a 90 degree left turn. At this turn there is a gravel road to the right that looks like it could be a driveway. Take this road between a couple of houses and follow it up. The road becomes a narrow, rutted dirt road. 9/10/05 GPS: N 40.48.546 W 075.27.073 This is a very large parking lot that is well hidden. The dirt road to the lot is narrow and very rutted. I suggest a 4wd vehicle with good road clearance. The Delps Side trail is very steep and not well maintained. There were sections that the trail was hard to follow due to downed trees. It reaches the AT at the top of the ridge in 0.7 miles. Southbound AT is left, northbound is right.   1
at @ rohland.org
Google does not deign to recognize the last section of road. Attempts to use the map in the previous listing for directions will be only partially successful. Therefore the markers on the map attached here are at the point where this last section goes right from Delps Road ( called Gamelands Road on the map.) The road is clearly visible on the satellite view. 03/07/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
15.4
Little Gap (Parking Lot)
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From the entrance to Blue Mountain Ski Resort, proceed up the hill. Parking is on the right hand side at the crest of the hill. See the listing for the trail crossing at Little Gap below for more detailed directions to Little Gap. 16
at @ rohland.org
  Little Gap has a large Game lands parking lot Lehigh Gap has a large NPS parking lot on the northern side of the Gap. Very limited parking on the Southern side.  
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
At Little gap the Lot is easy to find and about 150 yards south of the road crossing.    
Dan.Schwartz @ lehigh.edu
N 40º48.362’ W075º32.087’ -this is for the large SGL parking area just south of the AT in Little Gap The intersection of the AT and the road is at N 40º48.471 W075º32.069.   1
H2oboyhike @ aol.com
Vandalism Report 3/30/06, numerous windows broken, roof smashed in, $3,000 in damage, theft not the apparent motive. Vehicle was left overnight. Received report from National Park Service Ranger Todd Remaley. 4/3/06
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
Hiker left car at Little Gap parking lot for overnight hike; car was severely vandalized 3/30/2006. 4/3/06
jluthy @ appalachiantrail.org
From Trail maintainer:
Please pass this word around for the Lehigh Twp/Little Gap area.
According to the Police Chief of Lehigh Twp., Jeff Schuler, there is currently a theft ring frequenting his township. They have hit the Little Gap parking lot, so bear that in mind. Please be a little more mindful of both locking cars and keeping valuable items out of sight. 06/17/08

jluthy @ appalachiantrail.org
Accessed Little Gap parking area from Lower Smith Gap Road. It is labeled Little Gap Rd on the AT map. The road sign says Blue Mt. Rd. and goes past Blue Mt, ski area no problems 06/17/09 1
isimstrwk @ aol.com
The following is from the ATC web site. It has been slightly modified:
Temporary relocation at Palmerton remediation project - Zinc smelting plants (now shut down) in Palmerton have left Blue Mountain nearly devoid of vegetation in the Lehigh Gap area. A long-term remediation project was begun in March of 2008. As part of this project, 4 miles of the A.T. has been temporarily relocated between the east end of the Winter Trail (at the top of Lehigh Gap) (mile 19.3) and Little Gap (mile 15.4), and no longer follows a dirt road across the top of the ridge. This relo is marked with normal 2 x 6 inch white A.T. blazes. Since part of the relo'd trail follows a Pennsylvania Game Commission boundary, hikers should be aware that PGC boundaries are also marked with white paint blazes -- but those blazes are generally less defined (not as square shaped and varying in size). At the west end of the relo, the Trail follows a grassy haul road built during earlier remediation activity on private land below. Land below this haul road is private property -- hikers should not attempt to descend to the valley through it. The old ridgetop road formerly used by the A.T. will be used for vehicle access during upcoming remediation activity.
08/16/09

dlcul @ conncoll.edu
15.4
Little Gap (Trail Crossing)
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From the intersection of PA 248 and PA 145 in Lehigh Gap, follow PA 248 south for about 0.3 miles, then go left on Timberline Road. Go 2.7 miles east and then go left onto Mountain View Drive, PA 946. Continue east on this for another mile, then go left onto Blue Mountain Drive. Go north about 1.5 miles to the trail crossing.
From the Wind Gap exit off PA 33, go north on Wilkes Barre Turnpike. In approximately half a mile go left onto Mountain Road. In 3.5 miles this becomes Upper Smith Gap Road. Stay on Upper Smith Gap Road for 4.5 miles where it joins Lower Smith Gap Road. In another 5 miles goes left on Blue Mountain Drive. Go south for 2.0 miles, poassing the entrance to the Blue Mountain Ski Area. The crossing is at the crest of the ridge. The parking lot is another 0.1 miles south.
In addition to the parking lot in Little Gap (Marker B on the attached map, there is roadside parking just south of the trail crossing on the west side of the road. Click on the camera icon by A and rotate the street view to the south to see this roadside parking. Rotate to the northwest to see the southbound trail which initially follows the dirt road east towards Lehigh Gap. Rotate ti the north to see southbound trail which goes east near the AT sign visible in the view. 03/07/10 4-5 at trail crossing 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
20.3
Lehigh Gap (RR Bed parking Lot)
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Lehigh Gap, Little Gap, Smith Gap and Wind Gap are areas where roads cross over the mountain so that you can reach parking from either side. On the south side routes 946 and 512 are the quickest way to travel the length, on the north side there is a road that goes pretty much along the bottom of the ridge between Wind Gap and Little Gap. There is a large lot at Lehigh Gap (on the east side of the river just over the highway (up an unmarked dirt road).  
Dan.Schwartz @ lehigh.edu
Due to new parking lot alignment this spring, the once large parking lot here has been vastly reduced in size to hold perhaps 9-10 cars, if that. Previously, 3x that number could have fit. This was to prevent dumping and other abuses. 4/4/06 9-10 cars
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
There is a dirt road on the North side of PA RT 248 about 100 yds southeast of the intersection with PA RT 145. This road leads into a parking lot maintained by the National Park Service. It has a gate and says that the lot is open from 6 AM to 10 PM, so it not suitable for overnight parking. This is on the east side of the Lehigh River. The lot used to be a lot larger but is blocked about 1/3 the way in by huge boulders. 10/13/06 15 1
wbmcp @ hotmail.com
Entrance to the railroad bed parking area is an unmarked dirt road which goes east from PA 248 just to the south of the intersection with PA 145. Rotate to the northwest to see the entrance road bearing to the right off PA 248 The AT crosses to the east side of PA 248 at the intersection of the two highways. The old railroad grade that serves as a parking lot is at Mile 20.3 according to the "Appalachian Trail Guide to Pennsylvana". The trail crosses the now blocked off northpart of this parking area. The northbound trail leaves the lot at the northeast corner. 04/25/07 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The attached map here shows roughly the route from the south end of the section (Marker A) to the point where the trail leaves PA 248 and climbs up to the parking lot. Actually the trail bears right onto PA 145 then goes left at the connector, crosses PA 248 at a light then goes north up to Point B. Rotate the street view to the northwest to see (poorly) the northbound trail from Marker B. If you pan up a little bit, a white blaze can be seen. Rotation to the north or south shows the view along PA 248. 03/06/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The following is from the ATC web site. I do not know when these changes will be reversed.
Lehigh Gap Temporary relocation and side trail closure
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, began a slope stabilization project in mid July 2010 on the east side of Lehigh Gap. As a result, a temporary relocation will be put in place for the A.T. where it passes through Lehigh Gap and the blue blaze Winter Trail is closed. Additionally, the east Lehigh Gap parking area is open for day use only. Overnight parking is available at the west Lehigh Gap parking area. The National Park Service asks that hikers be alert to construction activities while in the area. For additional project information, please visit the following link. http://www.nps.gov/appa/parkmgmt/publicinvolvement.htm. 08/07/11
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dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Report of car broken into between 10/15/13 and 10/17/13. Damage to car, as well as theft of belongings. 12/13/13 1 1
kmcginley @ appalachiantrail.org
20.4
Junction PA 248/ PA 145
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From Lehigh Gap - travel south on PA 145 just past the AT crossing at the intersection of PA 145 and 248. There is a small spot on the right hand side of 145 where you can park a couple of cars. Travelling north on the trail from Lehigh Gap is about a 1000 feet climb over boulders. The views are great from here. Five elder hikers were able to make this climb with little difficulty. Due to previous zinc mining in this area, the trail above Lehigh Gap goes through a desolate area where there is little to no vegetation. It's like being on another planet. Take a moment to look at the photos from this section. 10/12/06 2-3 1
at @ rohland.org
Rotate the street view on the attached map to the west to see the parking pull-off. The green arrow marks its location.
Walk back north along PA 145 to the traffic triangle at the intersection of PA 145 and PA248. The southbound trail goes straight along the west side of PA 348. the northbound rail goes right, crosses PA 248 at a light, then goes back north along the east side of PA 248. 03/07/10
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dlcul @ conncoll.edu
20.7
Lehigh Gap (W. End Rte. 873 Bridge)
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South of Palmerton, PA Rtes. 248 and 873 intersect on the east side of the Lehigh River at a traffic light. Follow Rte. 873 west, crossing the river on a bridge. At the west end, there is a dirt parking lot on the north side of the highway. The markers on the attached map indicate the location of the parking lot. For nearby parking on the east side of the river, see mile 20.4. The parking lot is the official south end of Section 2. The southbound AT follows also crosses the river on the bridge. At the parking lot, the trail goes right (north) and starts to climb the hill into Section 3. 04/25/07 7-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Here are direction from I-476 (PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) to Lehigh Gap. Take Exit 74 and follow US 209 west for about 1.5 miles to Weissport. Go left (south) on PA 248 for 7 miles to the intersection with the AT at the intersection with PA 873 on the east side of the river. To reach this particular parking area, go right across bridge. 03/07/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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