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Address: 500 Kings Gap Road Carlisle, PA 17015-9306
Park Manager: Scott Hackenburg
Contact Info: 717-486-5031
kingsgapsp@pa.gov
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Park Alerts ( 4 Alerts )

  • Seasons and Hours: Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

  • Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). Drones are only permitted in other PA State Parks in very limited circumstances which require a special use permit.

  • General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

    To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

    • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

    • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

    • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

    • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

    Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

    More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.

Park Description

Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Sixteen miles of hiking trails interconnect three main areas and are open year-round. Kings Gap offers environmental education programs from the pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs.

Things To Do ( 6 Available)

If the activity symbol is blue, this activity can accommodate people with a disability. Please contact the park at 717-486-5031 for more details.

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    Education Programs

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    Sight Seeing

  • scenic_View

    Scenic View

  • picnic

    Picnicking

  • hunting

    Hunting

  • hiking

    Hiking

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    Trails

    • Ridge Overlook Trail
      Most Difficult 0.62 miles
    • Woodland Ecology Trail
      Easiest 0.49 miles
    • White Oaks Trail
      Easiest 0.25 miles
    • Boundary Trail
      Most Difficult 2.14 miles
    • Whispering Pines Trail
      Easiest 0.26 miles
    • Buck Ridge Trail
      Most Difficult 1.07 miles
    • Watershed Trail
      More Difficult 1.41 miles
    • Pine Plantation Trail
      Easiest 0.80 miles
    • Kings Gap Hollow Trail
      More Difficult 1.40 miles
    • Maple Hollow Trail
      More Difficult 1.18 miles
    • Scenic Vista Trail
      More Difficult 2.06 miles
    • Locust Point Trail
      Most Difficult 0.87 miles
    • Kings Gap Hollow Trail
      More Difficult 0.44 miles
    • Black Gum Trail
      More Difficult 0.71 miles
    • Forest Heritage/Maple Hollow Trail
      More Difficult 0.12 miles
    • Forest Heritage Trail
      More Difficult 1.34 miles
    • Rock Scree Trail
      More Difficult 1.68 miles
    • Watershed/ Boundary Trail
      More Difficult 0.34 miles
    • Connector Trail
      Easiest 0.06 miles

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