Hike Pole Steeple, Pine Grove Furnace SP

Pole Steeple Parking, Newville, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1250 Feet

Family Friendly
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Short, but steep, hike that ends with a gorgeous view of Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Great for beginners looking for a challenge!

Pole Steeple begins in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and ends in Michaux State Forest. The hike is short, only a .75 mile climb up, and ends at the rock outcropping where you get a great view of the entire park. Pole Steeple is the main trail to the summit but there is also a longer, less steep of a trail that follows the cliffs on the south side of the mountain and eventually leads to the top.

There is also a trail that links Pole Steeple and the Appalachian Trail.

Access to Laurel Lake is only a few minutes drive from the parking area to Pole Steeple and offers canoeing, kayaking, swimming and picnicking - great for families!

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Completed hike on 15 July. Vast numbers of blueberry plants with tiny ripe fruit. Even a currant or two for the watchful. Several kinds of mushroom for photographs NOT for eating. No facilities on trail side of lake so make your civilized pit stop before going to trailhead. Full service snack bar and picnic area adjacent to lake with various boat rental opportunities. Kids loved the paddleboat rental following the 1.25 hour hike (we took it slow).

7 months ago
7 months ago

This hike was fairly short, but can be quite steep at times. During the summer it is very busy and is usually crowded. The view from the top is pretty good, however.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

For a beginner hiker this is 5 stars! Great hike, good workout if you push yourself or easy if you take your time. For more experienced hikers i would say it is just a 3-4 star place. But the view is nice! Enjoy!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

There are definitely better spots in the area, but this spot makes for a fun adventure. I've hiked all the trails in this park and they all have their own little perks. It's a nice place for families and beginners who want to get into hiking.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Kendra Reeder

I am a photographer, hiker, kayaker, vegetable gardener, horseback rider, animal lover, outdoor enthusiast and a work from home Mama!

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