PA §8: Clarks Valley to Susquehanna River

Pennsylvania §8 spans 16.6 miles. Parking is available for six mileposts.

Mp 0.0/16.6: 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.

Mp 2.6/14.0: via Shikellimy Trail from PA-325 [Clarks Valley Road]

Locate: {40.43915, -76.81470}

Orient: The south trailhead of the short Shikellimy Trail is on PA-325 18.2 mi southwest of US-209 in Tower City and 11.8 miles northeast of US-322/US-22 in Dauphin; or 2.2 mi southwest of Mp 0.0/16.6, above.

Park: Roadside parking for 3–4 cars along south shoulder of road a few yards east of trailhead.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Shikellimy Trail north for 0.9 mi to AT {? 40.4492 -78.8094}. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 5.1/11.5: via Victoria and Whitetail Trails from PA-325

Locate: {40.42156, -76.86165}

Orient: Victoria Trail and Whitetail Trail together connect to the AT at both Mp 5.1/11.5 and Mp 5.7/10.9, on Peter's Mountain. This southwest trailhead for Victoria Trail on PA-325 provides access from the south side of the ridge. Trailhead parking in a State Game Lands (#211) lot is on PA-325 [Clarks Valley Road] 21 mi southwest of PA-209 in Tower City and 5.0 mi northeast of PA-225 [Peters Mountain Road] in Dauphin; or 5.0 mi southwest of Mp 0.0/16.6, above.

Park: Park in medium State Game Lands lot. Look for dirt lot on north side of road; no sign apparent.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Victoria Trail north for 0.5 mi to its intersection with the Whitetail Trail {?}. Turn right and follow pink-blazed Whitetail Trail for 0.8 mi to AT {40.43073, -76.86342}, at Mp 5.1/11.5. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left. See below for directions to Mp 5.7/10.9 instead.

Mp 5.1/11.5: via Victoria and Whitetail Trails from conservation area

Locate: {40.44377, -76.86036}

Orient: The Joseph E Ibberson Conservation Area's trail system connects to the AT at both Mp 5.1/11.5 and Mp 5.7/10.9, on Peter's Mountain. Trails from the conservation area's parking lot provide access from the north side of the ridge. From US-322/US-22 in Dauphin: go northeast on PA-325 [Mountain Road] for 3.3 mi to left onto PA-225 [Peters Mountain Road]; go north on PA-225 for 3.6 mi to right onto Camp Hebron Road; go east on Camp Hebron Road for 3.8 mi to right onto Back Road; continue south on Back Road for 0.9 mi to its terminus at conservation area. For additional trailhead options, see the trail system's map, available from the conservation area's website (under PA's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources).

Park: Park in conservation area's large lot. Restrooms available.

Connect: Starting by the educational pavilion, follow blue-blazed Victoria Trail for 0.6 mi to the Whitetail Trail {?}. Then, turn left and follow pink-blazed Whitetail Trail for 0.4 mi to AT {40.43073, -76.86342}, at Mp 5.1/11.5. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right. See below for directions to Mp 5.7/10.9 instead.

Mp 5.7/10.9: via Victoria Trail from PA-325

Locate: {40.42156, -76.86165}

Orient: See orientation for Mp 5.1/11.5 from PA-325, annotated above.

Park: Park in medium State Game Lands lot. Look for dirt lot on north side of road; no sign apparent.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Victoria Trail north for 1.2 mi to AT {? 40.4306, -76.8632}. (DCNR website says 1.2 mi; ATC guide says 1.5 mi.) For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 5.7/10.9: via Victoria Trail from conservation area

Locate: {40.44377, -76.86036}

Orient: See orientation for Mp 5.1/11.5 from Ibberson Conservation Area, annotated above.

Park: Park in large lot for Ibberson Conservation Area.

Connect: From the educational pavilion, follow blue-blazed Victoria Trail south/southwest for 1.8 mi to AT {40.4306, -76.8632}(?). For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 9.4/7.2: PA-225 [Peters Mountain Road]

Locate: {40.41163, -76.93028}

Orient: The AT crosses over PA-225 on a pedestrian bridge 3.8 mi south of PA-147 [South River Road] and 1.4 mi northeast of PA-325 [Mountain Road].

Park: Park in medium hiker lot. The lot is not visible from the road; nearing switchback turn at ridge crest, look for AT sign and driveway on east side of road about 100 ft south of pedestrian overpass.

Mp 16.0/0.6: Clarks Ferry Bridge at PA-147 [South River Road]

Locate: {40.39625, -77.00708}

Orient: The AT crosses the Susquehanna River on the pedestrian walkway of Clarks Ferry Bridge, which carries US-322/US-22 over the river. Parking is available adjacent to the east end of the bridge, at the south terminus of PA-147. From US-322/US-22 in either direction, take exit for PA-147 North towards Halifax.

Park: Ample parking in paved commuter lot near overpass or in gravel lot along riverbank. Enter lot from PA-147, regardless of approach.