Valley Views Hiking Challenge
The Valley Views Hiking Challenge consists of three hikes in the greater Shippensburg Area (Cumberland and Franklin Counties) that feature phenomenal views. (Hikes are all roughly within 25 miles of Shippensburg.) Upon successfully completing the three hikes, an individual may submit a completed registration form with fee and be registered with a hiking number and receive a patch. As the name implies, these are challenging hikes and are geared towards physically fit hikers of all ages.
THE THREE HIKES:
Flat Rock Trail is 2.5 miles long (one way) leading from Colonel Denning State Park to the top of Blue Mountain in Tuscarora State Forest. The trail head is at the footbridge next to the environmental classroom. This is a moderate to rugged hike climbing in elevation over 900 feet with rocks and loose gravel. At the top of the mountain, Flat Rock Trail joins the Tuscarora Trail to the overlook. Flat Rock Trail overlook is a natural rock outcrop that affords a 180-degree spectacular view of Cumberland Valley.
Pole Steeple's blue-blazed trail starts in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and ends in Michaux State Forest. The steep, but rewarding .75 mile climb takes you to a beautiful white and maroon colored quartzite rock outcropping where you can view the entire park. In the valley, nearly five hundred feet below, lies Laurel Lake and its sandy beaches. To the west you can see the central ridge of South Mountain as it reaches heights of just over two-thousand feet.
Chimney Rocks Trail is a portion of the Appalachian Trail in Michaux State Forest. It is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Quincy Twp, Pennsylvania and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Directions. Michaux Forest Map.
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This Website/SCPRA does not guarantee the trail information provided is 100% correct and cannot guarantee your safety on the trail. You hike at your own risk and no one from this website or SCPRA is liable for any property loss or damage, personal injury, or any unfortunate death that may result from accessing or hiking any trails described on this website.