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Appalachian Trail - Rt 501 to Rt 443

Good section for a weekend getaway.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 13.6 miles
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  This is a fairly nice section to hike. The trail runs along the top of a ridge and there are a few scenic overviews.

There are two... more »

Tips:  Designated campsites along the top of the ridge were few and far between.

It's possible to get pizza delivered to the 501 Shelter.

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Points of Interest

1. AT Sign at Rt 443

This is the sign at the entrance to the parking lot at Rt 443.

2. Parking lot at Rt 443

You can see from the picture how many spaces were in this lot. It does get pretty full.

3. AT Sign at Rt 72

4. Hiking under I81

How often do you get to see the underside of an interstate? Here's your chance.

5. AT Survey Marker

One of the many Appalachian Trail survey markers.

6. Scenic View

This is one of the many views from along the ridge.

7. Trail

There's some nice, flat, level trail along this section.

8. Scenic View 2

9. William Penn Shelter

This is a fairly good sized shelter with upper and lower sleeping tiers.

10. AT Sign at Rt 645

11. Scenic View 3

12. AT Trail Sign at Rt 501.

This sign is right near the parking lot.

13. Rt 501 Shelter

This is the biggest shelter I've ever seen on the AT. It's fully enclosed and must sleep at least 20. It's possible to have pizza delivered here.

This shelter is only a few hundred feet from the parking lot, so it's real convenient to get to in the dark.