PA §5: Port Clinton to PA-183

Pennsylvania §5 spans 14.4 miles. Parking is available for six mileposts.

Mp 0.0/14.4: South Street

Locate: {40.57933, -76.02757}

Orient: In Port Clinton, §4 and §5 meet on the pedestrian walkway along the Railroad Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill River. Nearby parking is permitted at the town's baseball field on South Street. From PA-61 at Broad Street {40.580334, -76.024120}, follow Broad Street west for 0.2 mi to left onto South Street; look for green and yellow sign on right (north) side of Broad Street directing visitors to parking area. (Via PA-61 N, there is a dedicated left-turn lane onto Broad Street.)

Park: Parking for a dozen or so cars on grass along outfield fence.

Connect: Return to Broad Street via South Street, turn right, and go a few yards more to AT {40.579986, -76.026663} at Railroad Boulevard. For AT northbound (§4), continue on Broad Street, towards bridge over Little Schuylkill River and Penn Street beyond. For AT southbound (§5), turn right into train yard and continue towards bridge over Schuylkill River.

Mp 2.4/12.0: via State Game Lands road from PA-810

Locate: {40.55212, -76.05415}

Orient: The AT meets a forest service road that connects to a State Game Lands (#110) parking lot about 1.3 mi southwest. The access road for the lot branches north from PA-810 [Mountain Road] about 2.9 mi west of PA-61 in Hamburg and about 4.3 mi east of I-78/US-22 at exit 23 in Shartlesville; look for brown SGL sign on north side of road {40.548604, -76.052723}. From PA-810, follow access road about a quarter mile to lot on left (west), just before gate.

Park: Park in huge State Game Lands lot.

Connect: From gate, proceed northward on service road for 1.2 miles, along switchbacks, to ridge crest in clearing for service road {40.559238, -76.060205}. Follow access road to right (northeast) for 0.1 mi to AT {40.56049, -76.05862}, on north side of road. For AT northbound, go right onto footpath. For AT southbound, go left onto footpath.

Mp 5.2/9.2: via State Game Lands road from Northkill Road

Locate: {40.53770, -76.12354}

Orient: The AT crosses a forest service road that connects to the State Game Lands (#110) parking lot at the end of Northkill Road. From I-78/US-22 at exit 23 for Shartlesville: go north on Mountain Road for 0.3 mi to slight left onto Forge Dam Road; go northwest on Forge Dam Road for 1.1 mi to right onto Northkill Road; follow Northkill Road for 0.2 mi to end of pavement.

Park: Park in large State Game Lands lot straddling Northkill Road at its terminus.

Connect: From gate, proceed northward for 1.1 mi along steep service road to a T-intersection with another service road leading east {40.552250, -76.115764}. Turn right onto this second service road and continue for 0.9 mi to AT {40.547246, -76.100880}. For AT northbound, turn right onto footpath—going south. For AT southbound, turn left onto footpath—going north.

Mp 6.7/7.7: via State Game Lands road from Northkill Road

Locate: {40.53770, -76.12354}

Park: Park in large State Game Lands lot described for Mp 5.2/9.2, above.

Connect: From gate, proceed northward for 1.6 mi along steep service road to AT {40.558736, -76.114927}. For AT northbound, go east. For AT southbound, go west.

Mp 13.9/0.5: via State Game Lands road from PA-183

Locate: {40.52535, -76.21721}

Orient: The AT crosses a service road that leads 0.2 mi southwest to the State Game Lands (#110) parking lot on PA-183; see second option for Mp 14.4/0.0, below.

Park: Park in huge dirt lot.

Connect: From gate, proceed northeast on service road for 0.2 mi to AT {40.52734, -76.21444}. For AT northbound, turn right onto footpath. For AT southbound, turn left onto footpath.

Mp 14.4/0.0: PA-183

Locate: {40.52697, -76.22354}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-183 about 3 mi northwest of I-78/US-22 at exit 19 (Strausstown). At the crest of PA-183, shortly after the two-lane roadway expands to four lanes, look for pull-off on west side of road. There is an AT sign on the east side of the crossing.

Park: Parking for 8–10 cars along tight shoulder on west side of road and straddling gate. See next for additional, easier parking.

Mp 14.4/0.0: via PA-183

Locate: {40.52535, -76.21721}

Orient: The State Game Lands (#110) lot on PA-183 provides easy and ample parking 0.3 mi south of the road crossing. From I-78/US-22 at exit 19 (Strausstown), follow PA-183 N for 2.8 mi to entrance for lot on right (east) side of road. The lot itself is not visible from the road; look for brown SGL sign and gravel drive just beyond guardrail. Follow driveway about 100 yd into lot, to right at gate.

Park: Park in huge dirt lot.

Connect: From lot, turn left onto driveway and proceed back to PA-183. Turn right onto PA-183 and continue on berm for 0.3 mi to trail crossing. For AT northbound, turn right onto footpath. For AT southbound, turn left onto footpath.