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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles  Map   &  
 Weather  
Source
0.0
Port Clinton RR
   Poor           Great




From I-78 take the route 61N exit. Go west on Broad St. over RR tracks. Parking on the left. For more parking in the Poet Clinton area, see Miles 25/9 and 26.4 of Section 4 GPS N40.34.768 W76.01.627 Very steep climb going south. Very rocky section. Nice views


from Auburn Vista and the pipelines. There are two grass campsites at Auburn Vista.
3-4 cars maybe more at the train station. We are not sure if you are permitted to





park there.

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at @ rohland.org
Be sure to read the warning about parking south of the railroad bridge in the Parking Safety comments. Also note the above listing about alternate parking in the Port Clinton area. The railroad bridge is the boundary between Sections 4 and 5. To go south into Section 5, go south along the road past the railroad station then go right, cross the tracks and begin to ascend. To go north into Section 4, go north along the road to Broad Street, then go right.
02/18/10

 

 

David Cullen
Due to increasing rail operations, the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad is no longer able to accommodate hiker parking or drop-off on their property, either at the station/office off Broad Street or near the ball field on South Street. Hikers are still welcome to cross their property while following the A.T., however are requested to use the lot on PA 61 or where legal in town. Hikers should note there are no public facilities at the railroad station/office. 08/03/20
 

 

bsickley @ appalachiantrail.org
2.4
Access from Mountain Road
   Poor           Great



 
Take Exit 29 B off I-78. From there a couple of options are possible but this is one that i used and it works. Go north on PA 61 for 3/4 mile to a stop light. Go left on Cabella Drive, then in about 0.1 miles go right (west) on Mountain Road. This soon swings to the north and after about 0.5 miles bears left and turns to the west again. At 3.0 miles from PA 6 look for a Gamelands sign and a gravel road going to the right (north). Follow this 0.3 miles to the point where it is gated. There is a huge parking lot on the left here. The green arrow on the map indicates the parking area. I have checked out the trailhead but have not hiked this route. See next listing for hiking information. 04/11/12

At least 50
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David Cullen
See previous listing for directions to the parking area. Hike past the gate and up the road as it switchbacks up the mountain. The route is clearly seen on the satellite view. At the top of the ridge about 1.2 miles from the parking area, the trail crosses a wide cleared swath. At the north end of this the road bears to the left, but another road goes right (east). Follow the right fork about 0.1 miles to the AT. The trail parallels the north side of the road, but does not cross here. Turn left for the southbound trail. The Auburn Lookout is 0.1 miles to the west. The rocks of this are visible on the satellite view. Go right (east) to go northbound on the AT. The marker indicates this contact point between the road and the AT. Coordinates are from http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?tripid=48018. 02/18/10
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David Cullen
5.2
Eastern Service Road (West Crossing)
   Poor           Great



 
Access here is from the Gamelands parking lot described at Mile 6.7 The attached map here shows the route from the end of the driveable road at the parking area which can be seen (white line) at the very bottom of the satellite view slightly left of center. The access route goes north on the old cross-mountain road which can be seen in the view. In 1.1 miles another road comes in from the right (east). This is a Gamelands Service Road which goes east towards Port Clinton. The AT crosses it three times. Turn right on the road. This intersects the AT in 0.9 miles at the position indicated by the marker. Here the northbound trail goes right (south), while the southbound trail goes left (north).
One could continue east another 1.5 miles and intersects the AT again at AT Mile 3.3. A third crossing is another 0.7 - 0.8 miles on the road at AT Mile 2.0. In other places the trail comes very close to the road. This road provides a shorter and reportedly less rocky alternative to the AT. 02/14/10

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David Cullen
6.7
Cross Mountain Road
   Poor           Great



 
From the Shartlesville exit of I78/22 (Exit 23) go north Mountain Rd. When Mountain Road bears right in about 0.3 miles, Continue straight on Forge Dam Road. in another mile turn right on Northkill Road. In 0.5 miles this will end at a state game lands parking area GPS N 40.32.261 W 76.07.435 It is a steep walk or bike up to the trail. We have biked it 3 times and swear that the road gets steeper and longer each time. But the ride down is great! (10/13/2001)

Trail head is at GPS N 40.33 W 76.06
20
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at @ rohland.org
The attached map here shows the route from the end of the driveable road at the parking area which can be seen (white line) at the very bottom of the satellite view slightly left of center. The access route goes north on the old cross-mountain road which can be seen in the view. This intersects the AT in 1.6 miles at the position indicated by the green arrow. The northbound trail goes left (east) while the southbound trail goes right (west). 02/14/10
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David Cullen
The instructions above are fine. The route is paved all the way to the parking lot. Walk up the gravel road north from the parking area. In 1.1 miles pass the terminus of what I call the Eastern Service Road. (Se mm 5.2). in another 0.4 miles the road passes a road and reaches a gate. The service road goes left here. Continue about 0.1 miles further past the gate on what is now a poor quality dirt road to the AT crossing. Here the northbound trail goes left while the southbound goes right. Do not be confused by all the white blazes at the gate. This is the boundary between the Gamelands area and Weiser State Forest. The blazes are probably boundary markers. 04/07/12
 

 

David Cullen
8.8
Western Service Road (East Crossing)
   Poor           Great



 
Access here is from the Gamelands parking lot described at Mile 6.7 The attached map here shows the route from the end of the driveable road at the parking area which can be seen (white line) at the very bottom of the satellite view slightly left of center. The access route goes north on the old cross-mountain road which can be seen in the view. At approximately 1.5 miles this intersects a service road going to the left. Turn left on this. In approximately 1.9 miles, the AT crosses at the point indicated by the green arrow. The northbound trail goes north, while the southbound goes south.
This route is probably more of an alternate than an access, It is slightly shorter than the AT and reportedly much less rocky. One could continue west on the road for another 3.7 miles to intersect the AT at Mile 13.9. The map shows this as being the route of the AT, but this has not been the case for years. 02/17/10

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David Cullen
9.3
Sand Spring Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Access here is from the Gamelands parking lot described at Mile 6.7 The Gamelands parking area can be seen at the very bottom of the attached map slightly right of center (white line). The blue-blazed Sand Spring Trail goes northwest from the parking area to pass Sand Spring in 1.8 miles and reach the AT at 2.0 miles. I know nothing of the condition of this trail. The marker on the map indicates the AT intersection. At the intersection the northbound At goes right, the southbound goes left. The Sand Spring trail continues north for another 0.5 miles to meet the Western Service Road. 02/17/10
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David Cullen
We couldn't find our exit trail and had to take the Sand Spring Trail to the gamelands parking lot instead. It was barely a trail in places, following in and through and criss-crossing a rocky and muddy stream bed most of the way. It was very rough to say the least. Can't imagine it is used very much. Avoid if you can. June 2019 03/03/20
 

 

karenw293 @ gmail.com
13.9
PA 183 Gamelands Parking Lot
   Poor           Great



 
Coming from I-78, the entire way is paved until the very short road access to the Gamelands lot from PA 183. .3 miles down the south side of the mountain from the PA 183 trail crossing (See Mile 14.4) is a very large state game lands parking area (30 or more parking spaces). GPS N40.525300, W076.216445. To access the AT walk back to the highway and go right along it to the trail crossing (Mile 14.4). The northbound trail to Section 5 starts from the other side of the highway. 10/15/20 30
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WardandDA @ gmail.com
14.4
PA 183 Trailhead
   Poor           Great




Coming from I-78, the entire way is paved. This parking lot serves as both the end point for Pennsylvania section 5 and start point for section 6. The trail crosses at GPS N40.526937, W076.223414 . There is room for about 3 cars there (DO NOT BLOCK GATE). An even larger Gamelands lot is available for 30 or more cars just .3 miles from the trail crossing (see section 5 parking accesses). At the time of this entry, there was a sign at the trail crossing directing you to its location with an arrow: GPS N40.525300, W076.216445. The southbound trail to section 6 starts up the gated road at the back of the parking area. The northbound trail to Section 5 starts from the other side of the highway 10/15/20 3
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WardandDA @ gmail.com

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