Appalachian Trail: Pen Mar Park to Old Forge Picnic Grounds! A Moderate+ 7.4 Mi

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
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AT Hike (PA): Pen Mar County Park to Old Forge Picnic Grounds with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7.4 Miles

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , PA

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Use the link provided under the paragraph heading “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the bottom of the event posting. It provides important information such as directions to the event, where we Meetup after you arrive, and other helpful info.


Appalachian Trail Section Hike: Pen Mar County Park to Old Forge Picnic Grounds — Featuring Mt. Dunlop Summit! A Moderate 7.2 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal

Driving Distance from D.C. is only 76 miles which is much closer than both Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest for hikers coming from or near D.C.!

This hike traces Indian trading routes to Mount Dunlap Summit, then continues through second-growth forests rich in songbirds and whitetail deer.

It is appropriate that the Appalachian Trail passes from Maryland to Pennsylvania through Sylvan picnic grounds that were once an amusement park. Just on the southern side of the Mason-Dixon line, in Maryland, the past and present parks at Pen Mar, like the AT itself, were created to offer a getaway from city stress and structure.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rouzerville
Length: 7.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Point-to-point using car shuttles.
Recommended Direction: South - North
Skill Level: A Harder-Side-of-Moderate: This hike is rated more strenuous than average due to elevation change and terrain.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,450 feet
Natural History Features: Mt. Dunlop; diverse silviculture of Michaux State Forest
Social History Features: Near Civil War Battlefields at Antietam and Gettysburg

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
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Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Optional Post Hike Meal
We will have an optional post hike meal to be decided by group consensus, preferably decided prior to the hike so we can head straight there instead of spending time trying to decide when we are all tired and hungry-grin …

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions ( to Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage is 8:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time at Centerville is 8:30 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette ( Leave No Trace ( principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission ( Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, ( and donations ARE tax deductible ( Tax ID:[masked] (

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!


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