Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, Carlisle

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Sitting astride South Mountain in southern Pennsylvania, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley and offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. The education classroom is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Acquired in 1973, Kings Gap consists of a 32-room stone mansion, education offices and 2,571 acres of land. Explore the pine plantation, deciduous forest, vernal ponds and native plant garden from sunrise to sunset anytime of the year. Kings Gap provides environmental programs and events for all ages throughout the year. More than twenty miles of hiking trails connect three main day use areas of the park: Pine Plantation Day Use Area, Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area and Mansion Day Use Area.

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  • Beautiful valley views from former carpet magnate's mansion. Now a State Park- lots of wildlife, lots of planned events- concerts, shows, house tours, flower and plant sales, seasonal decor.... etc...  more »
  • Interesting trip for the youngsters. The park rangers were very good with the 5, 6, 7 year olds I was chaperoning.  more »
  • Nice place to visit if you are in the Cumberland County area! There are often family friendly events throughout the year. The mansion is often open for tours and even if not open the large back deck is a nice place to view the valley. Also great place to go hiking or walking with dogs. In September there is a dog event I want to attend called K9's at Kings Gap.
  • I’ve been to King’s Gap many times, biked up to the top, and enjoyed the view. Tried the hiking trails for the first time and was disappointed. The blaze markings are very faded & hard to see. Also, the next blaze isn’t visible from the one you’re at. I always thought that was the standard for trail marking. Two trails, both using yellow blazes, intersected with no signage & I ended up far from where I intended. I ended up walking back up the road rather than trusting the trail markers.

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