Appalachian Trail Conservancy Spotlights Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania History with 'Third Thursdays' Hike June 19

Date Published: Jun 06, 2014

Boiling Springs, PA (June 6, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) continues its “Third Thursdays” event series with a historical hike beginning at 6 p.m. on June 19. The 5-mile hike will begin in the village of Boiling Springs at the Children’s Lake Gazebo, located at 4 E First St., before heading south along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

During the event, Joe Baker, an archaeologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will take participants on a historical tour that dates from the Native Americans to the first Scots Irish settlers to the arrival of the iron industry. Learn about the evolution of Boiling Springs while enjoying the pastoral and forested landscape of the A.T. as it heads up to the original halfway point at Center Point Knob atop South Mountain.

The ATC’s Third Thursdays is a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. The series will run through October with a different event every month. 

“With a focus on art, music, community and volunteer stewardship, Third Thursdays are a terrific way to get involved with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and experience the Appalachian Trail,” said Karen Lutz, ATC regional director.

Third Thursdays Event Series Overview:

Boiling Springs History Hike (5 miles, moderate)
Date: June 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike (3 miles, moderate)
Date: July 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Music & Art in the Park
Date: Aug. 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Yoga Sunset Hike (3 miles, easy)
Date: Sept. 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Nocturnal Friends Hike (2.5 miles, easy)
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

The Third Thursdays Boiling Springs History Hike is free, but registration is required as space is limited.  Register by calling 717-258-5771 or online at For more information about the Third Thursday events series, visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit  

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                                    
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

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