The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
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A Scenic Wonder By Foot
In the heart of Pennsylvania is Schuylkill County. The Appalachian
Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia, passes through Schuylkill
County. At this point,
the Trail runs along the ridge of Blue Mountain to the
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Hawk Mountain obtained its
name from the large number of birds that can be seen soaring overhead.
This section of the Trail is known for its rocky terrain,
as well as, being a marvelous
place to view the finest in Pennsylvania flora (plants) and fauna (wildlife).
Besides hawks and birds, common encounters include white tail deer,
turtles, snakes, raccoons, groundhogs, and an occasional bear
The state tree, Hemlock, and the state flower, Mountain Loral,
are plentiful along the route.
Who's In Charge
Each section of the trail has its own rules.
In October of 1921,
volunteers initiated the Appalachian Trail. They did not
complete it until August of 1937.
By the fall of 1968, the U.S. Government made
the Appalachian National Scenic Trail
part of the newly established National Trail System.
The Appalachian Trail
is a 2,158-mile (3,480.6 km) footpath along the
ridge crests and across the major
valleys of the Appalachian Mountains
(from Maine and traversing through New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia,
Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.)
The Trail is managed by volunteers in 32 local
clubs under Appalachian Trail Conference auspices
through a cooperative agreement with the National
The Trail is primarily used
by weekend and other short-term hikers.
Long distance hikers, known as "Thru-hikers",
generally start from Georgia in the early spring
and hike the entire length in 5 to 6 months.
The part of the Trail in Schuylkill County
passes through Pennsylvania State
Game Lands. It is recommended that you plan your
trip around hunting seasons and become familiar with
local rules prior to your departure. Please remember
to take EVERYTHING home that you bring with you to the Trail.
You should be responsible for your own trash removal and
Mailing Address for Official Visitor Information
Appalachian Trail Conference
PO Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
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