Parking on the PA Appalachian Trail

Section 9 - Susquehanna River to PA 944 Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
W. Clarks Ferry Bridge
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Crossing over the bridge going west, turn left at 849 and left immediately into this parking area (see comment). We didn't seen any designated parking areas on this side of the bridge unless parking is permitted in a gravel lot in front of a building. If parking is permitted here, 10 + vehicles could park here.;
at @ rohland.org
301 N. High Street, Duncannon, PA 17020 After crossing the Clarks Ferry Bridge you enter the town of Duncannon. About halfway through town at the corner of High Street and Green Street is Otterbein United Methodist Church. They have a "welcome center" for hikers as part of their Community Resource Center. Hikers are encouraged to use the internet and check their e-mail, enjoy the air-conditioned library and rocking chairs, use the restrooms, and open packages they have picked up at the Duncannon Post Office. The church is usually open  
doumc @ aol.com
The official south end of Section 8 and north end of Section 9 is at the west end of the Clarks Ferry Bridge which carries US 22/322 over the Susquehanna River. On the street view of the attached map, rotate to the south to see the northbound trail to Section 8 which follows a pedestrian walkway over the bridge. Rotate to the west to see the southbound route to Section 9. The trail initially follows Juanita Road (PA 849). The possible parking area mentioned above is in the center of the west view. If one changes the street view to a bit further down PA 849, it can be seen that the lot mentioned is now behind a large fence with a big stop sign on the gate. Parking appears to be minimal at best in this immediate area. According to the AT Guide to PA, parking is possible on the streets of Duncannon, although I don't imagine overnight parking would be wise. 02/02/10 Probably 0 right here 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.7
Duncannon
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According to the Town of Duncannon, the official place to hike for both short and long term parking in Duncannon itself is by the old railroad section. The intersection of Market St. and Cumberland St. is where the northbound AT goes left off Market onto Cumberland. (This is a short block south of the Doyle Hotel). To rach the parking lot, go east on Cumberland St. at this intersection. (right if going north on Market). In one block go right again for a short distance to the parking area on the left. The markers on the attached map indicate the position of the lot. The Duncannon municipal authorities recommend that you park on the side closest to the train station because there is a ball field on the other side and vehicles have been struck by errant baseballs and damaged. They also recommend you contact the Penn Township Police ((717) 834-6414) and tell the your plans and vehicle description. They keep an eye on this lot but giving them your vehicle info will help secure it. 04/21/12 Ample 1
pjwetzel @ gmail.com
GPS for this lot N 40.3870 W 77.0301 Update: I am not sure of the status of this municipal lot. While some people have parked there with no problems, I have one report from a hiker who was told by police that cars would be towed. There is a sign that says that says cars may not be parked more than 24 hours except on holidays and weekends, (See pictures for this section). There is now a hiker's parking lot south of town just across from where the southbound trail leaves the road and starts to climb Cove Mountain. See Mile 2.3. 08/24/17
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.1
Shermans Creek
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In the town of Duncannon take Market St. out of town going under the 11 and 15 bridge, take the first left turn on the old road past several businesses. After crossing Sherman's Creek bridge, make the first right at Old Boston Rd. Take the next right at Watershed. At the end of the road there is (if permitted - see comment) parking. GPS N40.22.977 W77.01.992 The official AT trail winds through the town of Duncannon for approximately 2 + miles. For those who wish only to hike the sections of the unpopulated trail, we have included mile markers 2.1 and 2.3. Although we saw another hiker parked in this area on a weekend, we are not sure if this is permitted parking. We saw municipal dumpsters that were held in this area. There is a trail to the left of the gate that passes a park bench and in a short distance connects to the AT. 3-4 cars 1
at @ rohland.org
2.3
Hiker Parking Lot
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Directions off of US 11&15 northbound are as follows: Exit off 11/15 onto Duncannon exit. At bottom of exit, turn left. This is South Main St. Proceed 1/2 mile to parking area on right. Somewhere the strett name cahnges to Inn Road. This new parking area is just across from the point where the southbound trail leaves Inn Road and starts to climb towards Cove Mountain. GPS N40.3815 W 77.0293 This information was supplied my Michael Gelinas of Michael's Shuttle Service. 08/25/17 6-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.4
Bar Overflow Lot
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GPS for this lot: N 40.3807 W 77.0284 See directions for mile markers 2.1 or 2.3. Continue to the end of Inn Road. There is a dirt parking area on the west side. This formerly was an overflow parking area for a bar on the other side of the street. However this recently burned down and the building has been removed. There are no signs indicating that hiker parking is not allowed. It has been used as such for years. With the building of the new parking area, the utility of this area is probably limited except as alternative if the hiker parking area is full. The actual trail head is a few hundred feet north across from the hiker parking area. Note: Thanks to Michael Gelinas of Michael's Shuttle Service for this information. 08/24/17 10-15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.3
PA 850 (AT Parking Lot)
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Take PA 34 north from Carlisle to top of mountain (Sterretts Gap). Take round-about to 2nd exit, Mountain road. Go 2.4 miles to PA 850. Go right for 2.1 miles where there is a small parking lot (GPS N 40.19.308 W 077.04.688) on the right hand side just before the AT crosses Route 850. About 0.4 miles past the AT crossing, there is a larger parking lot (See Eastern Parking lot below). Walk east along the road to the trail crossing. The trail on both sides of Route 850 traverses hilly meadows and then enters the woods with steep climbs. South of 850 there is a new Darlington shelter. South of the shelter there is a rock bench with nice view. Updated 08/08/17 6 in AT lot 1
at @ rohland.org
Exit 65 from I-81, just west of bridge over Susquehanna River at Harrisburg. Go north on US Hiway 15 towards Marysville. Go 2.4 miles. At this town, turn left (west) on PA Hiway 850. In 8.3 miles, just after you pass Keystone Village (with its animal hospital) there is a small parking lot just west of where the AT crosses Hiway 850, on the south side of the road. The parking lot has a large, covered bulletin board with AT info. The lot has no shade. The trail is just east of this lot. There is a larger lot about a half mile east of this one. 10/23/07 4-6
MalteseCross @ comcast.Net
The A marker on the attached map is at the entrance to the official AT parking lot. Click on the camera icon by A and rotte to the south to see the parking area. The B marker is at the actual AT crossing just to the east. Click on the camera icon by B and rotate the street view to the southwest to see the southbound trail. Rotate to the north to see the northbound trail. The trail can clearly be seen on the satellite view crossing fields both south and north of the road. 01/31/10 6-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.3
PA 850 (Eastern Parking Lot)
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GPS N40.19.363 W077.04.243 The street view to the south on the attached map shows the parking area. 01/31/10 8-10 1
at @ rohland.org
See directions to the AT parking lot (Mile 10.3 above). This lot is 0.4 miles east of that on PA 850. That would make it 2.1 miles east of the intersection of PA 850 and Mountain Road and 7.9 miles east of the intersection of US 15 and PA 850 in Marysville 01/31/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.3
PA 850 (Gamelands Parking Lot)
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See directions to the AT parking lot (Mile 10.3). The road to the Gamelands Parking lot is on the north side of PA 850 a short distance to the west of the AT lot. The AT Guide book refers to another parking on the North side of Route 850 up a games land road about 0.4 mile just before the AT crossing. This was a very narrow road with a 'Use at your own risk' sign. There was a second sign that said the road was only open for a short period of time. 01/31/10 1
at @ rohland.org
The markers on the attached map here are at the entrance to this Gamelands parking area. There are two dirt roads going north from PA 850. The correct one is the more easterly. On the saatellite view of the map, the AT lot can be seen on the sough side of PA 850 just to the east of this point. A little bit further to the east, the AT can clearly be seen running north to south across fields on either side of the highway. I have not visited this particular lot, but from the satellite view on the map in the previous listing, parking appears to be ample. I don't know if there is a direct connection to the AT or if one must hike the 0.4 miles back to the highway, then go east to the trail crossing. 01/31/10 Ample if it is open. 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.7
Millers Gap Road
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The intersection of Millers Gap Road and PA 850 is 0.2 miles west of the AT parking lot on PA 850. This would make it 8.5 miles from Marysville and 2.2 miles from the intersection of Mountain Road and PA 850. Follow Millers Gap Road south for 0.2 miles to the trail crossing. As can be seen from the street view of the attached map, the road is narrow with no shoulder, so parking is impossible. At best this would be a drop-off point. Rotate the street view to the northeast to see the northbound trail. Rotate it to the southwest to see the southbound trail (by the sign on thee left side of the view). 01/31/10 0 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
12.7
Tuscarora Trail
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12.7
Darlington Trail
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Directions to Miller Gap Trailhead of Darlington Trail:The intersection of Millers Gap Road and PA 850 is 0.2 miles west of the AT parking lot on PA 850. This would make it 8.5 miles from Marysville and 2.2 miles from the intersection of Mountain Road and PA 850. Follow Millers Gap Road south for 1.8 miles to the top of the ridge. There is a large dirt parking lot on the right.
From the south: Take Exit 57 off I-81 and go north on PA 114 for 1.3 miles to PA 944. Go right (east) here for 0.3 miles then go left (north) on Millers Gap Road. In 0.2 miles go left to stay on Millers Gap Road. Continue another 1.8 miles to the dirt parking lot on the left. The green arrow indicates the parking area. Rotate the street view to the west to see the lot.
The Darlington Trail is an orange blazed side trail. The trail actually starts further east so this is an intermediate access point for that trail. The trail crossing of Millers Gap Road is 150 feet north of the parking lot. Go west for 1.5 miles more or less along the crest of the ridge to meet the AT. This is the western terminus of the Darlington Trail. On the other side of the AT the blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail begins. Northbound AT is to the right, southbound is to the left. The trail to the Darlington Shelter is a short distance to the north on the AT. Coordinates at the AT are 40.3009 -77.0891. See: http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?tripid=47871. I have seen the trailhead but have not hiked the trail. Much of the information here is from: http://www.satc-hike.org/darlmap.pdf. 01/31/10 10-15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
14.7
PA 944
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PA 944 There is no parking at the Wertzville Road (Route 944) crossing! The road shoulder is not safe. The nearby business does not permit it in his lot. Vehicles will be towed. (9/21/2005) 0
Todd_Remaley @ nps.gov
The AT Guide to Pennsylvania notes that there is extremely limited parking on Deer Lane which goes south from Route 944 just east of the trail crossing. We parked on the east side of the road (off the pavement). This side had no houses. I also saw some parking pull-offs further south along Deer Lane which might be used. The road going north from the above intersection as well as Rte. 944 itself are liberally festooned with No Parking signs. Walk west along Route 944 to reach the trail. 4/20/06
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The B marker on the attached map in at the intersection of Deer Lane and PA 944. Click on the camera icon by B and rotate the street view to the south to see Deer Lane. There is VERY limited parking along this road.


There is now a pedestrian tunnel under Rte. 944. I have not checked it out but there have been stories about it in the ATC magazine. The satellite view on the attached map was taken prior to the building of the underpass. However the street view was taken during construction. Click on the camera icon by A and rotate to the east. An Appalachian Trail sign can be seen at the far end of the construction bridge. The southbound AT to to section 10 goes right, the northbound trail to Section 9 goes left. 1/30/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
There is NO parking on PA 944. There is a very limited space for parking on Deer Lane, and we do not recommend parking there. You can't get your car completely off the road. You are much better off parking 1 mile south at Sherwood Drive. 02/01/10
cvatc @ gmail.com

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