58 routes · Hiking
Appalachian Trail: Schuylkill Gap to Lehigh Gap
A Pennsylvania segment of the AT lined with beautiful overlooks.
- 62 km
- 1.7 km
- 1.7 km
- 1 day +
- Low Point
- 111 m
- High Point
- 500 m
Continuing north on the AT, you'll skirt around the Hawk Mountain Preserve. Skyline Trail connects the Appalachian Trail to Hawk Mountain and ultimately to the other picturesque overlooks nearby. The views from the overlook are well worth leaving the white-blazed AT for a little bit.
As the trail continues along the ridge, pass the shelter and continue northeast to PA-309. Soon after crossing the road, you'll find another shelter before passing a series of picturesque landmarks—the most notable of which is Bear's Rocks, an area known for its exposed stone slab summits.
The next road crossing along the AT is a popular starting point to reach Bake Oven Knob. The views from the summit are phenomenal, and a nearby shelter makes it a great area to spend the night.
Passing through Lehigh Furnace Gap, the trail passes over the Lehigh Tunnel, where an interstate instead passes through the mountain below.
To round out this segment, the trail heads through the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Best-known for its wildlife, it's also a popular hiking area because of its countless open meadows and panoramic views.
Crossing the Lehigh River, look for a small parking area that serves as the northern terminus for this segment.
Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.
Best time to visit
- Summit Hike
- Dog friendly
- Wild flowers
- Water features
- Family friendly
- Forestry or heavy vegetation