PA §7: Swatara Gap to Clarks Valley

Pennsylvania §7 spans 16.4 miles. Parking is available for eight mileposts.

Mp 0.0/16.4: via AT §6 from Old State Road

Locate: {40.48083, -76.53155}

Orient: Parking is not permitted at the north terminus of §7 on PA-72; use the nearby hiker lot for §6 instead. §6 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.

Connect: Follow §6 southbound for 0.1 mi to the north terminus of §7.

Mp 1.4/15.0: PA-443 [Moonshine Road]

Locate: {40.48190, -76.55074}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-443 twice in §7; this is the southwest crossing. (Parking is not permitted at the northeast crossing.) The lot is on the south side of PA-443 about 70 yd west from the junction of PA-443 and PA-72.

Park: Park in medium lot at crossing; look for gravel driveway and AT sign on south side of road. Overflow parking for a few cars may be possible nearby in the pull-off on the east side of the intersection of PA-443 and PA-72 {40.482320, -76.550097}.

Mp 2.0/14.4: Green Point School Road

Locate: {40.49004, -76.55142}

Orient: The AT crosses Green Point School Road 2.3 mi southwest of Gold Mine Road (near the latter's junction with PA-443) and 0.8 miles northeast of PA-443 (west of the latter's junction with PA-72).

Park: Roadside parking for 2–3 cars along south shoulder, just west of crossing.

Mp 5.6/10.8: via SGL service road from Gold Mine Road

Locate: {40.52623, -76.53736}

Orient: A State Game Lands (#211) service road connects to the AT from Gold Mine Road. This service road crosses Gold Mine Road 4.2 mi south of PA-325 [Clarks Valley Road] and 2.8 mi north of PA-443.

Park: Park in large SGL lot accessed from the south side of Gold Mine Road; look for brown SGL sign and gravel driveway. The lot is about 100 yd from the road; it is not visible from the road. Alternatively, park in SGL lot on opposite side of road.

Connect: Follow orange-blazed service road, a former railroad grade, southwest for 3.6 mi to AT {40.49768, -76.59531}. For AT northbound, turn left (south) onto footpath. For AT southbound, continue briefly on service road and then turn right (north) onto footpath.

Mp 5.7/10.7: via SGL service road from Cold Spring Road and Trail

Locate: {40.46584, -76.62969}

Park: Park along wide shoulder of Hotel Road at Cold Spring Road, annotated for Mp 7.7/8.7, below.

Connect: Follow Cold Spring Trail north for 0.2 mi to the intersection with State Game Lands (#211) service road {40.478323, -76.629935}, a former railroad grade (cf. Mp 5.7/10.7, above). Turn right onto orange-blazed service road and continue northeast for 2.5 mi to AT {40.49666, -76.59755}. For AT northbound, continue briefly on service road then turn right (south) onto footpath. For AT southbound, turn left (north) onto footpath.

Mp 7.7/8.7: via Cold Spring Road and Trail

Locate: {40.46584, -76.62969}

Orient: Cold Spring Trail goes north from the gate at the north terminus of Cold Spring Road, where parking is available in an SGL lot. The last stretch of Cold Spring Road, north of Hotel Road, is reported to be rough, however, and it may thus be unsuitable for passenger cars. Hence this note locates parking at the intersection of Cold Spring Road and Hotel Road. From I-81 at exit 85: go northeast on PA-934 [Fisher Ave] to left onto Asher Miner Road (becoming PA-443); go 2.2 mi on Asher Miner Road to left onto McLean Road; go 0.4 mi on McLean Road to slight right onto Cold Spring Road; follow Cold Spring Road (possibly aka Military Road) for 2.2 mi to Hotel Road.

Park: Park in ample shoulders of Hotel Road at Cold Spring Road. Alternatively, continue on rough stretch of Cold Spring Road for 1.0 mi to large State Game Lands (#211) lot.

Connect: Follow Cold Spring Road north for 1.0 mi to south trailhead of Cold Spring Trail at the end of Cold Spring Road. Then continue north from gate on blue-blazed Cold Spring Trail for 0.9 mi to AT {40.48645, -76.6362}(?). For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 7.9/8.5: via Sand Spring Trail from PA-325

Locate: {40.50262, -76.65377}

Orient: The trailhead for Sands Spring Trail on PA-325 is 8.8 mi southwest of US-209 in Tower City and 21 mi northeast of US-322/US-22 in Dauphin; or 7.4 mi northeast of Mp 16.4/0.0, below.

Park: Roadside parking for a few cars in small pull-off on south side of road; no sign apparent.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Sand Spring Trail south for 1.5 mi to AT {40.48606, -76.63626}(?). It may be necessary to ford Clark Creek, near the road. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 16.4/0.0: PA-325 [Clarks Valley Road]

Locate: {40.45177, -76.77616}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-325 16 mi southwest of US-209 in Tower City and 14 miles northeast of US-322/US-22 in Dauphin.

Park: Park in large State Game Lands (#211) lot on south side of road. The lot is not visible from the road; look for AT sign and gravel driveway.