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

Locate: {40.50664, -76.37701}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-645 4.7 mi northwest of I-78/US-22 at exit 10 in Frystown and 2.5 mi southeast of PA-443 [Suedberg Road]. PA-645 is called Camp Swatara Road south of the crossing and Geary Wolfe Road north of the crossing. There is an AT sign on the east side of the road that marks the north junction of the crossing,

Park: Park in medium lot on west side of road, adjacent to south junction of the crossing.

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.