Boiling Springs gets its name from the natural artesian well springs located in and around the town

Boiling Springs, Pa.

In September 2006, Boiling Springs residents gathered at the Allenberry Playhouse and Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania for the Appalachian Trail Gateway Community Forum.

The forum drew 125 people to address common issues and concerns related to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and adjacent communities and landscapes. Ed McMahon from the Urban Land Institute talked about how and why communities protect their unique character.  Then participants worked in small groups to define partnership opportunities and priorities for Boiling Springs as a gateway community.

The outcomes of the forum discussions placed emphasis for partnerships and enhancements on:

  • Service learning and education by helping schools, youth organizations, recreation centers, and libraries use the A.T. as a multi-disciplinary learning resource which will continue to raise awareness of the A.T. in this community.
  • Land use planning through the development of design guidelines or land development ordinances to protect and enhance the character of the A.T. and the Cumberland Valley.
  • Communication network among volunteers, local officials, community residents, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Appalachian Trail Park Office to build awareness of the Trail, its needs, and potential threats.



Get Involved

Mountain Club Of Maryland

The oldest hiking club in Maryland (since 1934) and the premier hiking group in the state. We are a Baltimore-based volunteer organization that is centered on hiking. We support Leave No Trace principles, work on local trails and on the nation’s first National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail. We organize and lead hikes and other outdoor activities, such as camping, seasonal canoe trips and backpacking weekends. We offer seasonal canoe trips and backpacking ventures. We have a year-round schedule with hikes in local parks and paths, in State Parks, National Parks, National Forests, and sites in and around Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware. Learn more and become a member today at

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC Volunteer Program

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help maintain the A.T. and assist in our visitor center and headquarters. Opportunities range from greeting visitors and providing information about local hikes to joining a Trail crew for week-long maintenance trips, gaining first-hand experience in what it takes to keep the A.T. open and enjoyable for millions each year. Learn more at