PA §12: PA-94 (Baltimore Pike) to Pine Grove Furnace

Pennsylvania §12 spans 10.9 miles. Parking is available for ten mileposts.

Note: The prominent Pine Grove Road for this section may be called Hunters Run Road in older guides and maps. • The prominent Pine Grove Furnace State Park in this section is abbreviated as PGFSP.

Mp 0.0/10.9: via PA-94 [Baltimore Pike]

Locate: {40.09435, -77.16778}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-94 [Baltimore Pike] in Mt Holly Springs 1.1 mi southeast of PA-34 [Yates Street] and 7.2 mi northwest of US-15 [Lincoln Highway] in York Springs.

Park: Room for 2–3 cars along east shoulder 0.2 mi north of crossing.

Connect: Follow PA-94 south for 0.2 mi to AT. For AT northbound, turn left onto footpath. For AT southbound, turn right onto footpath.

Mp 1.8/9.1: PA-34 [Carlisle Road]

Locate: {40.07778, -77.19448}

Orient: The AT crosses PA-34 in Gardners 1.8 mi southwest of PA-94 [Baltimore Pike] in Holly Springs and 18.5 mi north of US-30 [Lincoln Highway] in Gettysburg. There is a hiker parking lot south of the crossing.

Park: Room for 12–18 cars in lot on west side of road; signed "Appalachian Trail Hunters Run Trailhead Parking". Additional room for 1–2 cars may be possible at the north verge of road and footpath, along the north shoulder of Appalachian Trail Road.

Connect: From lot, turn left onto road and continue for 0.1 mi to AT. For AT southbound, turn left onto footpath. For AT northbound, continue on road for 0.1 mi to footpath on right. Alternatively, find blue-blazed path from lot connecting to Mp 1.9/9.0 across field.

Mp 2.9/8.0: Pine Grove Road

Locate: {40.07184, -77.20382}

Orient: The AT crosses Pine Grove Road 0.6 mi northwest of PA-34 [Carlisle Road] in Gardners and 6.1 mi northeast of Centerville Road [PA-233] at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The crossing is adjacent to the intersections of Pine Grove Road with Green Mountain Road and Myerstown Road.

Park: Room for 1–2 cars looks possible along north shoulder of Green Mountain Road just east of its intersection with Pine Grove Road at trail crossing.

Mp 4.6/6.3: via Mountain Creek Campground connector

Locate: {40.06360, -77.22637}

Orient: A short spur trail connects the AT to Mountain Creek Campground on Pine Grove Road in Gardners, 1.9 mi southwest of PA-34 [Carlisle Road] and 4.8 mi northeast of Centerville Road [PA-233] at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Park: The campground reportedly allows hikers to park in their lot; get permission from office.

Connect: Find trailhead along fence across road opposite campground store; blazing begins farther along path, not at roadside. Follow blue-blazed trail for 0.7 mi to AT {40.055643, -77.222497}. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 8.0/2.9: via Pole Steeple Trail (PGFSP)

Locate: {40.03832, -77.26995}

Orient: In Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pole Steeple Trail connects the AT to Old Railroad Bed Road, which branches southwest from Pine Grove Road 2.4 mi northeast of Centerville Road [PA-233] at the park's main entrance and 4.3 mi southeast of PA-34 [Carlisle Road] in Gardners. From Pine Grove Road {40.042464, -77.261603}: follow Old Railroad Bed Road for 0.6 mi to right into trailhead lot.

Park: Room for 2–3 dozen cars in trailhead lot on lake (north) side of road. Additional parking is available nearby in lake's day-use area on opposite shoreline, along Pine Grove Road.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Steeple Pole Trail for 1.1 mi to AT {40.02860,-77.26668}. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 9.5/1.4: Old Railroad Bed Road (PGFSP)

Locate: {40.03157, -77.29026}

Orient: In Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the AT meets Old Railroad Bed Road at the road's southwest terminus. From Pine Grove Road (see Mp 8.0/2.9, above): follow Old Railroad Bed Road for 2.0 mi to gate; signed.

Park: Room for a half dozen cars roadside near gate.

Mp 10.3/0.6: Collier Lane (PGFSP)

Locate: {40.03285, -77.30169}

Orient: In Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the AT briefly coincides with a paved trail astride the huge parking lot at the Fuller Lake day-use area. Enter the lot from Pine Grove Road at Collier Lane, 0.2 mi east of the park's office abutting Centerville Road [PA-233].

Park: Room for hundreds of cars. Restrooms, seasonal concessions.

Mp 10.6/0.3: Quarry Road (PGFSP)

Locate: {40.03146, -77.30531}

Orient: In Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the AT passes through a designated hiker lot between Quarry Road and the Appalachian Trail Museum. Quarry Road branches east from Bendersville Road 0.1 mi southwest of Pine Grove Road [PA-233] just west of the park's office. From Pine Grove Road at Bendersville Road {40.032700, -77.305995}: follow Bendersville Road for 0.1 mi to left onto Quarry Road; continue on Quarry Road for 0.1 mi to hiker lot on left side of road.

Park: Room for dozens of cars in designated AT hiker lot together with two adjacent day-use lots at furnace stack and picnic pavilion. Restrooms, water spigots, Appalachian Trail Museum.

Mp 10.7/0.2: Bendersville Road (PGFSP)

Locate: {40.03249, -77.30632}

Orient: In Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the AT briefly coincides with Bendersville Road between the AT Museum and Bendersville Lane ("Lane", not "Road"). Here it passes Pine Grove Furnace General Store, the feted ice-cream wayside, where parking is available. From Pine Grove Road [PA-233] at Bendersville Road (see Mp 10.6/0.3, above): follow Bendersville Road briefly to lot on right side of road.

Park: Room for 1–2 dozen cars in lot on north side of road. Seasonal concessions.

Mp 10.8/0.1: Bendersville Lane (PGFSP)

Locate: {40.03184, -77.30913}

Orient: In Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the AT's short road walk continues briefly on Bendersville Lane ("Lane", not "Road") before turning west onto Pine Grove Road [PA-233]; see Mp 10.7/0.2, above. From Pine Grove Road at Bendersville Road: follow Bendersville Road bearing right into Bendersville Lane for 0.2 mi to pull-off on right side of road, just shy of where the road walk joins Pine Grove Road.

Park: Room for a dozen-plus cars in pull-off on north side of road.