Parking on the PA Appalachian Trail

Section 3 - Lehigh Gap to PA Rt. 309 Displayed from North to South

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  The Philadelphia Trail Club http://philadelphiatrailclub.org/ President @ philadelphiatrailclub.org Little Gap to Lehigh Furnace Gap
  Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club http://www.bmecc.org info @ bmecc.org Lehigh Furnace Gap to Bake Oven Knob Road and Tri-County Corner to Rausch Gap Shelter
  Allentown Hiking Club http://www.allentownhikingclub.org/ info @ allentownhikingclub.org Bake Oven Knob Road to Tri-County Corner


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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
Weather  
Source
0.0
Lehigh Gap (W. end of Rte. 873 Bridge)
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  on the RR bed 20
kenna @ ComCAT.COM
  Access to Devil's Pulpit and scenic North trail.  
at @ rohland.org
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 area.For nearby parking on the east side of the river, see mile 20.4 of Section 2. This includes the RR bed noted above. The parking lot is the official north end of Section 2. The southbound AT (from Section 2) 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. Rotate the street view on the map from west to north west to see the parking area. The view to the northeast shows the view across the bridge which the tail crosses. 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
5.0
Lehigh Furnace
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On 309, south of S. Tamaqua, take Mountain Rd. east. Turn left on Reservoir Rd. If you are coming from the south on 309, you will see Fred & Scott's Lumber before reaching Mountain Rd. See map attached at Mile 5.0.  
at @ rohland.org
40 46.18N, 75 41.65W    
tbaroni @ earthlink.net
  Just an update on your directions to Lehigh Furnace. Fred & Scotts lumber is no longer a landmark. Mountain Road now has a mini golf center on the corner that you can’t miss. 9/6/05
vze4rwg5 @ verizon.net
The AT is accessible from Ashfield road (2WD accessible in good weather), roughly 5.1 miles trail south of Lehigh Gap, as follows:

From south side of mountain: From Route 309, proceed east on Mountain Road 5.5 miles. Turn left on Ashfield Road and head up the mountain.
Parking for about 4-6 cars at the AT crossing, and slightly road south at the antenna site. There is more parking north of the crest on Ashfield, a 5-10 minute walk to the AT.

From north side of mountain: Ashfield road intersects Pa. Route 895 on the north side of the mountain at the village of Ashfield. It is about 4 miles from Palmerton / Route 248 on the east, and a good 15-20 miles from Route 61 on the west end. Turn up the mountain at the store with the "cow sign".
(10/22/2005)  
coyle @ henrybeaver.com
5.0
Ashfield Road
  Poor            Great




From south side of mountain: From Route 309, proceed east on Mountain Road 5.5 miles. Turn left on Ashfield Road and head up the mountain. From north side of mountain: Ashfield road intersects Pa. Route 895 on the north side of the mountain at the village of Ashfield. It is about 4 miles from Palmerton / Route 248 on the east, and a good 15-20 miles from Route 61 on the west end. Turn up the mountain at the store with the "cow sign". I am not sure if Ashfield Road and Lehigh Furnace Gap are the same. It sounds like they are at least close together. 9/26/05
coyle @ henrybeaver.com
From the north end of this section at the Lehigh River Bridge (See Mile 0.0), go a short distance west on Rte. 873, then go straight on Mountain Road. In approximately 5.5 miles, Reservoir Road goes right. This is initially paved but becomes a good gravel road and somewhere becomes Ashfield Road. It is approximately 2-3 miles to the trail crossing at the transmission tower. Note: Several other roads intersect so other roads than Reservoir Road could be used.

Note: The green arrow on the attached map indicates the trail crossing.
Ashfield Road and Lehigh Furnance are the same. Formerly the northbound trail met a wood road just west (trail south) of Ashfield Road and followed that to the road at mile 5.0. It was a 0.2 mile hike up the road to the transmission tower where the trail goes left along a woods road. A relocation now crosses a small hill, a VERY rocky power line right-of-way, and meets Ashfield Road just north of the transmission tower This new crossing is now Mile 5.0. As noted in the other listings, there is parking there and a bit further to the north and possibly to the south at the powerline right-of-way. 3 to 4 cars could park on either side of the road by the tower. 04/25/07 See comments 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
See street view of the map attached in the previous listing. Rotate the view to the south to see possible parking near the tower. Rotate to the west to see (barely) the southbound trail. Rotate to the northeast to see the northbound trail. 03/04/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.4
Bake Oven Knob Road
  Poor            Great




On 309, south of S. Tamaqua, take Mountain Rd. east. Turn left on Ulrich and continue straight on to dirt road. Large parking on both sides of the dirt road. Access to Bake Oven Knob, Baer Rocks and Knife Edge. 30-40 1
at @ rohland.org
40 44.64N, 75 44.27W    
tbaroni @ earthlink.net
From the parking area on the west side of the PA 873 bridge in Lehigh Gap (See Mile 0.0) go west a short distance on PA 873, the go straight on Mountain Road. In approximately 8.0 miles go right of Ulrich Road. This is initially paved. In approximately half a mile, the paved road goes right. Continue straight ahead, still on Ulrich, now a gravel road. It meets Bake Oven Road coming in from the right (no sign). Continue straight ahead. The road from here on is Bake Oven Road. It is about 3 miles from Mountain Road to the parking areas near the crest of the ridge. There are several roads which intersect and could provide alternate routes from Mountain Road. The northbound AT starts toward Bake Oven Knob from the southeast corner of the lot on the east side of the road. 04/27/07 Ample in lots on either side of the road
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.3
Route 309--Game Lands Lot
  Poor            Great




  Recent reports of vandalism at Game lands parking lot at 309. However, owners of restaurant across the street have offered parking for overnighters in their very large lot.  
appalachiantrail @ amcdv.org
My car was broken into, whatever was not bolted down taken and it rained in for the better part of the week. We were parked in the game commission parking lot and I wish not to park there again. 9/8/05
merryadk @ localnet.com
6/15/08 - We went up this weekend with some boy scouts and parked my truck across from the resteraunt off 309. My truck was vandalized, the tryed to jimmy the key hole and damaged the moulding around my window trying to break in. I was stupid enough to leave my keys, wallet cell phone, money and gps but they didn't get in. I wonder if maybe they were scared off. I consider myself lucky the truck was still there in the morning. Happy Trails.
wpgmag @ yahoo.com
GPS 40 42.44N 75 48.56W Game Lands Parking Lot. The street view to the north to the on the attached map shows the access road to the Gamelands Parking area. It is on the left a short distance down this road. It is just out of sight. 30-40 1
tbaroni @ earthlink.net
See directions to the restaurant parking lot below. The road to the Gamelands parking area goes right from PA 309 about 0.1 miles before the restaurant. The parking lot is a on the left a short distance down this road. Click on the camera icon by B on the attached map and rotate the view to the south to see (barely) the southbound trail to Section 4. It goes south down some wood steps just to the left and behind the telephone pole.
Click on the camera icon by A and rotate the street view to the north to see the intersection with the road to the parking area. Rotate to the northeast to see the northbound trail to Section 3. The trail follows the road between A and B. 03/03/10
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dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.3
Route 309--Restaurant Lot
  Poor            Great




On Rt 309 south of Tamaqua and north of Allentown the AT crosses Rt. 309. GPS N40.42.413 W75.48.516
At the crest of the mountain on 309 there is parking at the restaurant which is across the street from the game land parking. This parking is just north of the trail. 03/03/10
20 1
at @ rohland.org
If coming from the east on I-78: Take Exit 49B and go north on PA 100. In about 9 miles this ends at PA 309. Go left on PA 309 7.5 miles to the top of the ridge. The restaurant parking lot is on the left.
If coming from west on I-78: Take Exit 35 and go north on PA 143. Near Wanamakerss this turns to the east. At 11.4 miles from I-78, go left (north) on Gun Club Road. In 2.5 miles this ends at PA 309. Go left (actually more or less straight ahead) onto PA 309. The restaurant is on the left in about 0.6 miles.
Click on the camera icon by B on the attached map and rotate to the southwest to see the restaurant parking area. AT hikers should park at the east end of the lot, the closest section visible in the view. Rotate the view to the south to see (barely) the southbound trail to Section 4. It goes south down some wood steps just to the left and behind the telephone pole.
Click on the camera icon by A and rotate the street view to the northeast to see the northbound trail to Section 3. The trail follows the road between A and B. 03/03/10
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dlcul @ conncoll.edu

We maintain 10 + miles from Little Gap to lehigh Furnace Gap. I find the descriptions in the AT Trail Guide for Pa very good. In our section there is parking at all crossing roads. It is hard to say how many can park at a given spot. You can expect on Game Lands parking that there will be space for about 10 cars. If you are in hunting season there may not be any room. Road parking generally is limited to 3-4 cars. In the lehigh gap on the RR bed there is room for about 20 cars. Across the river there is room for about 6 cars, unless someone blocks some of the space, which often happens. As a rule during the week, certainly in early spring and late fall there is no one parking in these spots. hope this helps and enjoy your hiking. kenna @ ComCAT.COM
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