Kings Gap State Park, about 45 minutes south of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, offers more than 2,500 acres of forest and sixteen miles of hiking trails. Beautiful and picturesque, the forest and park areas are well-maintained and a beautiful place to spend the day.
Kings Gap is also rich in history. James McCormick Cameron purchased several tracts of land in the area, where he also built a 32-room mansion in about 1908. The mansion now serves as a venue for events and weddings. It is open to the general public most Sundays through the summer and fall. Events, meetings, training, or other special events can also be held at the Cameron-Masland Mansion.
There is one site that is available for overnight camping but only for organized groups or schools. Hunting is permitted within the applicable seasons for deer, turkey, and squirrel. Hunters should follow all posted signage and be aware of “safety zones.” Kings Gap State Park also includes Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, which offers a variety of environmental programs offered for groups and community members from pre-school through adulthood.
The hiking trails inside Kings Gap State Park vary in length and difficulty. The gentler trails, including Kings Gap Hollow Trail and Pine Plantation Trail, are under two miles long and easy enough that kids can manage. For wheelchair accessible trails, both Whispering Pines Trail and White Oaks Trail are paved and under a half a mile in length. All trailheads can be found at the three day-use areas.
Some of the available sights inside the park include a beautiful garden area, a pond, and an assortment of wildlife. Dogs are allowed on the trails but must remain on a short leash and under control at all times. Practice common courtesy and always clean up after yourself and your dog.If you’re in the Harrisburg, PA, area, Kings Gap State Park is a can’t-miss spot for a beautiful walk or a picnic.