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125th Anniversary Hike

125th Anniversary Hike

  • Dates: July 21, 2018
  • Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park
  • Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
  • Phone: (717) 486-7174
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Our Parks and Forests

The first Pennsylvania state forest was created on May 23, 1893. The first state park was created at Valley Forge on May 30, 1893 (it was later transferred to the Federal government). To celebrate, the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace will be hosting a hike on July 21. Meet at the grassy area behind the snack bar near Fuller Lake at 10 a.m. Special guest Marci Mowery, president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, will lead the four-mile loop hike to Old Railroad Bed Road to Mountain Creek Trail to Old Railroad Bed Road and back to Fuller Lake to complete the loop. Bring water. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome. We hope you will join us!

The hike will cross Mountain Creek on a bridge built by volunteers in 2016 and funded by the Friends with grant support from the Cumberland Valley Visitor's Bureau and the South Mountain Partnership. The photo shows an embroidered patch from the Friends group's annual series.

Mountain Creek was an important waterway in the 18th and 19th centuries, powering waterwheels to make iron at Pine Grove Furnace and Mount Holly Furnace, plus waterwheels at multiple sawmills in the mountains, and papermills at Mount Holly Springs (formerly "Papertown").

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

125th Anniversary Hike