Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, Carlisle

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Kings Gap Environmental Education Center is a 1454acre Pennsylvania state park in Cooke, Dickinson and Penn Townships, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acquired the land in 1973, from the C. H. Masland and Son Carpet Company. Kings Gap State Park is from Pennsylvania Route 233 on South Mountain.
Human influence on South Mountain, 1750-1900The origin of the name "Kings Gap" is not known, although it is believed to date back to early settlers in this region. The forests of Kings Gap reflect the influence of the charcoaling industry that began in the 1700s and persisted through the late 1800s. Before the discovery of coal, charcoal fueled the iron furnaces located nearby. Some furnaces were as close as Huntsdale, one mile to the southwest of the entrance to Kings Gap. Iron furnaces required tremendous amounts of charcoal as fuel. In 1786, an average furnace consumed in one day the charcoal produced from one acre of forest. The forests of South Mountain were clearcut on a 20 - 25-year cycle to satisfy the unquenchable thirst for charcoal by nine iron furnaces located in the Kings Gap area. A relatively young forest now exists as a result of these repeated cuttings. Add Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center to your Carlisle travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Carlisle online day trip planner.
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  • We went here twice. The webstie said that the mansion was only open on Sundays until 5PM on Sundays. At 4:20, it was closed, but a state employee told us that it was open daily on the first floor... 
    We went here twice. The webstie said that the mansion was only open on Sundays until 5PM on Sundays. At 4:20, it was closed, but a state employee told us that it was open daily on the first floor...  more »
  • Loved doing the orienteering courses and just spending time in the natural beauty that is this space. A lot of winding and turning to get to the ed center in the middle, but totally worth the drive.....  more
    Loved doing the orienteering courses and just spending time in the natural beauty that is this space. A lot of winding and turning to get to the ed center in the middle, but totally worth the drive.....  more »
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  • Stayed at the mansion and I cant rave enough. Accommodations were incredible loved the hot water radiators, giant windows, and quiet atmosphere. Breakfast - amazing. Park itself was breathtaking. Views everywhere. All levels of hikes everywhere. Had a wonderful adventure.
  • Absolutely beautiful, tons of trails and the mansion is lovely. Thinking of it as a wedding venue! Can't wait to visit in the Spring!

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