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The Most Famous Hiking Trail

The midway point of the most famous hiking trail, the Appalachian Trail, is located in the Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania.  The trail extends 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine.  A 13-mile section that is the longest, lowest and flattest section on the entire trail and one of the most accessible portions to the trail is the midway point in the Cumberland Valley.

Over the past three decades, long-distance hikers arriving at the midway point in Gardners, have made it a tradition to stop at the Pine Grove Furnace Store and eat an entire half-gallon of ice cream. The reward: bragging rights, a small commemorative wooden spoon stamped in red letters with “Member of Half Gal. Club” and possibly an upset stomach or a case of brain freeze. 

The Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently unveiled its redesigned visitor center in Boiling Springs. The center, located at 4 E. First Street in Boiling Springs, features a series of new informational panels about the trail and the conservancy.  An information desk provides visitors with trail maps, free parking permits (long-term parking is available) and answers about hiking the Appalachian Trail in addition to other area trails such as the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. A gift shop is available and provides services to hikers such as fuel for stoves and running water. 

Explore the Appalachian Trail Interactive Map to find parking and shelters along the trail in Pennsylvania.  A variety of day trip hiking journeys in the Cumberland Valley can be found by clicking here.

Combine your Appalachian Trail day hike with a stay at a nearby Bed and Breakfast.

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

Red Cardinal Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 2mi

Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 3.6mi

Fallen Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Fallen Tree Farm
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 3.9mi

Carlisle House

Outside exterior at dusk
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 4.7mi

The Smith Steiner

Smith-Steiner Outside View
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 5mi

Mooreland Garden Inn

Mooreland Garden
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 5.1mi

The Manor on Front

The Manor on Front
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 15.1mi

The Inn at White Oak

Inn at White Oak
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 19.5mi

The Inn at Herr Ridge

Herr Ridge Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 22.4mi

Keystone Inn

Keystone Inn
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 22.6mi

The Gettysburg Academy

Gettysburg Academy
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 22.9mi

Baladerry Inn

Baladerry Inn
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 24.8mi

Forney House Bed & Breakfast

Forney House B&B
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 25.4mi

Battlefield Bed & Breakfast

Battlefield B&B
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 26.9mi

The Inn at Westwynd Farm

Westwynd Farm Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 27.3mi

1825 Inn Bed and Breakfast

1825 Inn Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 29.3mi

Carriage Stop Bed & Breakfast

Carriage Stop B&B
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 29.4mi

The Londonderry Inn

Londonderry Inn
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 30.2mi

B.F. Hiestand House

BF Hiestand House Exterior
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 31.7mi

Olde Square Inn

Exterior of Olde Square Inn
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 33.3mi

Annville Inn

Annville Inn
Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 34.3mi