Appalachian Trail: Clarks Ferry Bridge to Peters Mountain Ridge

#1 of 2 trails in State Game Lands Number 290
Appalachian Trail: Clarks Ferry Bridge to Peters Mountain Ridge is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reed Twp, PA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

5.4 miles 1361 feet Out & Back
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Amy Silva
1 day ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Nice rock scramble. You can make this a loop with the susquehanna trail. Clark's shelter and privy at end.

Mary Brown
17 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

The trail is very well marked and not very difficult. The views from the top were amazing. Along the way up you pass a stone foundation and the remains of stone fencing which is intriguing. There are also some nice ferns and wild flowers. The only negatives are the road noise which can be heard for about half of the hike and the abundance of poison ivy that you have to be mindful of. The views are definitely worth the risk though. My family had a great time on this hike.

Steve Petrovich
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great Trail! Little rocky for the dogs but still a great challenging hike.

Naomi Wiens
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Loring S.
1 month ago

This is a great hike on the AT. cool views of the river and the kids had fun climbing around on the rocks. We made this a loop. Check out my full review which includes directions and other things to look out for.

Mick Miller
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I absolutely love this trail! a good hike starting in the morning, hit the shelter for a quick break then back out to the Clarks ferry bridge.

Tom B.
4 months ago

This was the last half of the 1st day back packing the trail. or any trail. We had left Clarks valley in the morning and spent the night in the shelter on top. fogged out and cold, rainy. we made 13 miles the 1st day arrived and happy for the shelter around 6pm 12/30/15. arriving in the dark was wild and wet. we finished the sobo at the base of cove mtn on 12/31/15. Woot Woot

Kelsie Boyd
5 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Dave N.
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A very good hike overall. we started at the parking lot at the train tracks, and from there to the parking lot on Peter's Mountain, it is 6.67 miles. I have not been hiking for long, and I definitely found it to be a challenge. there are some decent, sustained ascents and the switchbacks towards the top are more rocks than trail. Once on top, you will find some nice overlooks and vistas of the valleys both north and south. There are numerous sections along the way where you are rock scrambling or picking your way, and again, there are sections that are pretty much just rocks, so be prepared with some good shoes.

Kristal Bentley
1 year ago

16 Completed1 Reviews

I took a group hiking and paused at a place called "Flat Rock" (about the half way point) where we ate lunch with a view if the river. Someone in my group sprained their ankle on this hike, so be sure to wrap weak ankles while hiking Rocksylvania. :-). Enjoy!!

Stephanie Gilbert
1 year ago

8 Completed2 Reviews

We've hiked this trail over two days and stayed at the Cove Mountain Shelter. There were great views, lots of climbing opportunities, and it's pretty adventurous, especially for kids. Lots to explore! There is a camping possibility up towards the shelter and a couple more near the shelter.

Dennis Crapser
1 year ago

20 Completed13 Reviews

A short 7 mile hike with a nice climb though a series of switchback to keep it easy. during the climb you pass though some very nice rock formations which from time to time you have to traverse. once on top it relatives flat and generally easy walking. As easy as can be in Rocksylvania. :) There are some great vies of the Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers

Natalie Cake
3 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Starting at the Susquehanna River/ rail road tracks entrance, the trail starts with some amazing narrow mildly steep switchbacks that transition into some flat open trails with wonderful river views. The trail continues through another series of switchbacks to climb to the top of the mountain ridge. The trail eventually passes by "shock rock" and then the famous table rock that provides an amazing view of the southern valley.

This is one of my favorite trails in central PA. Most certainly recommend. Take a friend to share the experience.

Steve Mcfeaters
3 years ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

What a great hike best one I've been on so far great views and trails HOWEVER the rocks on the way back will break your ankle unless you have good shoes took my wife dog and I 6 hours to walk from the street to the cove mountain shelter and back but well worth it

Thomas Considine
4 years ago

10 Completed9 Reviews

this trail has a little for everyone. nice climb up the mountain. and also a nice ridge run