PA §6: PA-183 to Swatara Gap

Pennsylvania §6 spans 20.7 miles. Parking is available for four mileposts.

Mp 0.0/20.7: 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 0.0/20.7: 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.

Park: Park in huge dirt lot. 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.

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.

Mp 9.3/11.4: PA-501

Locate: {40.51252, -76.34457}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-501 about 4.3 mi northwest of I-78/US-22 at exit 13 in Bethel and 3.3 mi southeast of PA-895 [Rock Road] in Pine Grove. From I-78/US-22 to somewhere northwest of the AT crossing, PA-501 is called Lancaster Avenue. From PA-895 to that point, PA-501 is called Bethel Road.

Park: Parking for about two dozen cars in roadside lot just west of crossing; north side of road. Overflow parking for maybe a dozen cars looks possible in shoulder along south side of road. Parking is easy to see from the road. There is an AT sign and a kiosk at the crossing, on north side of road.

Mp 11.2/9.5: PA-645 [Geary Wolfe Road]

Locate: {40.50674, -76.37712}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-645 [Geary Wolfe Road and Camp Swatara Road] 4.6 mi northwest of I-78/US-22 at exit 10 in Frystown and 2.5 mi southeast of PA-443 [Suedberg Road]. There is an AT sign on the east side of the road that marks the northbound junction of the crossing.

Park: Room for 10–12 cars in medium lot on west side of road, just south of crossing; not signed but obvious.

Mp 20.6/0.1: Old State Road

Locate: {40.48083, -76.53155}

Orient: The AT crosses Old State Road at the latter's terminus on the east side of Waterville Bridge in Swatara Gap State Park. From I-81 exit 90: go northeast on Fisher Avenue to left onto PA-72; go north on PA-72 for 0.9 mile to right onto Monroe Valley Road; go 1.0 mi on Monroe Valley Road to left onto Old State Road; follow Old State Road for 1.7 mi to parking at terminus of road.

Park: Park in hiker lot at end of road.