The White Rocks Trail is a gem of the South Mountain region. It features a 1.3 mile climb from the base of the trail at Kuhn Road to where it intersects with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail just south of Center Point Knob on South Mountain. The blue-blazed trail is well marked as it meanders from the parking area to the base of the mountain. As the trail begins to climb, hikers will encounter increasing amounts of rocks and have plenty of opportunities for rock scrambling as the trail ascends. At the summit, hikers are treated to a sprawling view of the valley below.
This valley was initially slated for housing developments, but was eventually purchased by the National Park Service at a cost of just over three million dollars so it could be preserved and maintained as valuable open space. The 850 acre purchase successfully preserved the land surrounding the White Rocks Trail and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, as well as the phenomenal viewshed from the top of the White Rocks Trail. In 2013, the White Rocks land acquisition was recognized by the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund as an “exemplary Keystone Fund project, offering exceptional value and lasting benefits to the communities it serves.” It was given the distinction of being named the best project in the 20 year history of the Keystone Fund. The White Rocks Trail is maintained by the Mountain Club of Maryland.
Location: The trail to White Rocks is located along Kuhn Road, a little over three miles southeast of Boiling Springs. There is a well-marked, large dirt parking area that can be found at the following coordinates: 40.132021, -77.088175. The trailhead is marked from the parking lot.
- Directions: The trailhead for the White Rocks Trail is located on Kuhn Road, .5 miles from its intersection with Creek Road in Boiling Springs. From Harrisburg, take Route 15 south to Route 74. Turn right onto Route 74 north for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Creek Road and follow until stop sign. Turn left onto Kuhn Road and follow for .5 miles. Trailhead parking lot is on the right. From Carlisle, follow Route 74 north to Route 174. Turn right onto Route 174 and follow into the village of Boiling Springs. Turn left onto Front Street. Turn left and go over the first humpback bridge. Veer to the right and go over the second humpback bridge. Turn left onto Leidigh Road. At the stop sign, turn right onto Creek Road. Continue straight as Creek Road becomes Kuhn Road. The trailhead parking lot is .5 miles on the right.
- Parking: Parking is available at the trailhead on Kuhn Road
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