Greater Waynesboro PA Appalachian Trail Community

Hiking The Appalachian Trail

Family Hiking Day

Last Saturday in September
Sept 30th, 2017

Registration Required on Eventbrite

Join us for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, September 30, 2017 hosted by the Greater Waynesboro, PA Appalachain Trail Community.

ATC's Family Hiking Day is a great opportunity to get outdoors with the whole family. We'll have kids' activities, hiking preparedness demonstrations, Leave No Trace awareness, hiking snacks, and hikes.

Meeting at Old Forge Picnic Area, Michaux State Forest - Appalachian Trail Adventures! Looking for Fall’s Changes in the Forest…. Remember to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snack and camera! 1:00: Register on-site; Activities for children.

Hike Option 1: Hike to Chimney Rocks departs for older children/more fit families. Strenuous climb/downhill. This will be on the Appalachain Trail (AT) until Tumbling Run shelters, then the blue blaze side trail past The Hermitage cabin, up to Chimney Rocks, then descend back on the AT to the picnic area. Approx. 5 miles total. Hike Option 2: Hike to Tumbling Run shelters. Fairly easy walking, slight hill to shelter. Out and back on the AT, 2½ miles total.

All Family Hiking Day activities are free and open to the public - registration required.

Registration Required on Eventbrite

Contact us for more information about Second Saturday Hikes:

Just Starting To Hike?

Try the trails at Renfrew Park (maps at the visitor center) and Pine Hill Park (off Mentzer Gap Road) (maps at Washington Township office)

Local A.T. Access Points

PenMar Park MD, PenMar Rd. (limited parking), Old Rt. 16 (no parking area), Rt. 16 by Bicentennial Tree Trail (can be full on weekends – try a weekday hike!), Old Forge Rd. Picnic/Park area at Camp Penn, Caledonia Park. Also trail access at Mentzer Gap Rd., Rattlesnake Rd., and South Mtn. but not designated parking areas.

Wonderful Hiking Maps From Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

We highly recommend these detailed, waterproof contour maps. Shows area with access points, elevation profiles, etc. Available at (cheaper if you are a PATC member!)