AT from Boiling Springs to Scott Farm, PA Day Hike


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This 10.3 S-N linear day hike took place on Saturday, September 10, 2005. Participants were Charlie Johnson, Nancy Calabrese, Bill and Chris Isham, Jim Casserly and myself.

We arrived at the Scott Farm just north of Carlisle, PA a few minutes after 9AM. Charlie J, Bill and Chris I and Jim C were there and waiting to hike. The place was crowded with cars. We suspected there were alot of day hikers, section hikers and trail maintainers parked there. This hike was described in the book 50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania by Tom Twaites. Exellent book! The updated version of this book is: Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania: From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Poconos and North Mountain (Fifth Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

We left Jim's van at the northern terminous, then drove the remaining vehicles to the PA74 parking area. We left Charlie's and my vehicle there and drove Bill's vehicle to the ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Boiling Springs, PA, where we started the hike. This was a different type of AT hike. There were some hills but the terain was mostly flat. We hiked through thin corridors of new growth forest, beside fields of corn and soybeans and pasture land for cows and horses. It was very scenic. The temperature was in the low 80's. Perfect hiking weather.

Charlie and Nancy left us at the 2 mile point. Charlie had already hiked the remaining 8 miles. Anyway, Charlie and Nancy would drive around to each of the next 4 or 5 road crossings that we would encounter and would chat with us each time for awhile, offer us cold drinks and eat lunch with us at one point. It was interesting doing a hike this way. We passed a lot of 'stiles', which are like ladders over the electric fences within the farm fields that we hiked through. We passed an old cemetery for the Chambers Family, relatives of the founding family of Chambersburg, PA. Unfortionately, The cemetery was overgrown. This would be a good scout cleanup project.

We would hike past the ruins of old buildings, over I76, over US11, over I81, parallel to I81 and parallel to Conodoguinet Creek. We passed 4 southbound thru-hikers, which suprised us, as well as a number of day hikers. We even came across a couple having a wine and cheese picnic in the middle of a pasture.

We finally made it to the Scott Farm around 3PM. We got Jim's vehicle, drove back and got Bill's vehicle, then went to the Gander Mountain (now Gander Outdoors but not sure if this one is still open) store just north of Chambersburg, PA. This is a neat place. It's like a candy store for the outdoors person. After buying some gear, we then went to our favorite post-hike place to eat, Ryans of Chambersburg, PA! We ate more than our fill, then said our goodbyes.

This was a fun hike. The terrain was great, the weather was perfect, the scenery was fantastic and camaraderie was excellent.

More Pictures


Mike C
Group picture before the hike
  Group picture before the hike.
  By Charlie Johnson
ATC regional office, Boiling Springs, PA
  ATC regional office, Boiling Springs, PA .
  By Charlie Johnson

Pond at Boiling Springs, PA
  Pond at Boiling Springs, PA.
  By Charlie Johnson
Along the trail
  Along the trail.
  By Charlie Johnson


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