Pole Steeple

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Pole Steeple could very well be the most visited backcountry overlook that I have been to in Pennsylvania. Expect crowds on nice weather weekends. But the view and the setting are about as good as it gets in southern Pennsylvania, with the tall cliffs and forest canopy spread out beneath you.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

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by Matt Willen (Menasha Ridge Press)

Pole Steeple could very well be the most visited backcountry overlook that I have been to in Pennsylvania. Expect crowds on nice weather weekends. But the view and the setting are about as good as it gets in southern Pennsylvania, with the tall cliffs and forest canopy spread out beneath you.

© 2017 Matt Willen/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lancaster
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 850 feet
Top Elevation: 1,312 feet
Local Contacts: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 717-486-7174, tinyurl.com/pinegrovefurnacesp
Local Maps: Keystone Trails Association Map 2–3, Appalachian Trail, PA Route 94 to US Route 30; USGS Dickinson
Driving Directions: Directions to Pole Steeple

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