Purchase of Land at Kings Gap is Cause for Celebration

Those who know and love Kings Gap Environmental Center have good cause for celebration - DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan has just announced the acquisition of 1,077 acres of forest, bringing the total acreage to 2,500, including three miles of Irish Gap Hollow Run. News of the acquisition has sparked plans to establish a twenty-mile backpacking trail, which will allow park staff to lead two-day, overnight hikes. The addition is also great news for conservationists, as the park sits at the center of the South Mountain Conservation Landscape Initiative, a regional land conservation and community revitalization effort.

Of course, if you aren’t familiar with the park already, now is the time to spend a day getting acquainted with its hills of chestnut oak. Nestled in Cumberland County in the southern Pennsylvania Highlands, Kings Gap offers unique environmental education programs for adults and children, as well as sixteen miles of backpacking trails.

You are invited to join other outdoor enthusiasts at a celebration of the purchase on Sunday, October 23rd, at 1:30 pm, at the park’s historic Cameron Mansion. You may also enjoy the park year-round from eight in the morning until sunset. For more about the park, visit the DCNR’s website here.

Photo by Wilma Frey

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