Round Head and Shikellamy Overlook

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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In addition to a nice walk in the woods, this day trip offers outstanding views of the valley to the south at the two overlooks. From the overlook on the south side of Round Head, a blue-blazed trail follows the remains of the Showers Steps (a series of several stone steps built into the hillside by Lloyd Showers) downhill until it ends at private property. The hike starts out with some tramping over stone treads, which, in wetter years, help hikers navigate a bit of soggy ground. For a distance beyond the treads, the hiking is awkward, verging on unpleasant because the trail is extremely rocky, and many of the rocks are like little pyramids and blocks.
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by Matt Willen (Menasha Ridge Press)

In addition to a nice walk in the woods, this day trip offers outstanding views of the valley to the south at the two overlooks. From the overlook on the south side of Round Head, a blue-blazed trail follows the remains of the Showers Steps (a series of several stone steps built into the hillside by Lloyd Showers) downhill until it ends at private property.

The hike starts out with some tramping over stone treads, which, in wetter years, help hikers navigate a bit of soggy ground. For a distance beyond the treads, the hiking is awkward, verging on unpleasant because the trail is extremely rocky, and many of the rocks are like little pyramids and blocks.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harrisburg
Distance: 10.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5-6 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,461 feet
Top Elevation: 1,620 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania Game Commission, 717-787-4250, tinyurl.com/pagamelands
Local Maps: Keystone Trails Association Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, Sections 1–6: Delaware Water Gap to Swatara Gap; USGS Swatara Hill
Driving Directions: Directions to Round Head and Shikellamy Overlook

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