Flat Rock

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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A short, rocky climb leads to a springhouse for an icy drink then continues up Blue Mountain to Flat Rock for one of the top views in the state. From this overhanging ledge—one at rock no bigger than your SUV—there is a 180-degree view of the majestic Cumberland Valley and (on a clear day) South Mountain. Tiny cars whiz along the roads, while tiny farm tractors stir up the dust in the fields. Along the trip you’ll cross the famous 248-mile-long Tuscarora Trail.
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by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

A short, rocky climb leads to a springhouse for an icy drink then continues up Blue Mountain to Flat Rock for one of the top views in the state.

From this overhanging ledge—one at rock no bigger than your SUV—there is a 180-degree view of the majestic Cumberland Valley and (on a clear day) South Mountain. Tiny cars whiz along the roads, while tiny farm tractors stir up the dust in the fields. Along the trip you’ll cross the famous 248-mile-long Tuscarora Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carlisle
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 825 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Colonel Denning State Park, 1599 Doubling Gap Rd., Newville 17241; (717) 776-5272; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/coloneldenning
Local Maps: USGS Andersonburg, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Flat Rock

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