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Pennsylvania
South-Central Region
Kings Gap State Park
KINGS GAP STATE PARK
KINGS GAP STATE PARK
500 Kings Gap Rd.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania   17015

Phone: 717-486-5031
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Kings Gap State Park
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Kings Gap State Park
'Kings Gap Mansion'
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Kings Gap State Park
'Water Tower'
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Kings Gap State Park
'The Garden'
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Beautiful fall color in the garden at Kings Gap.

Kings Gap State Park
'From The Terrace'
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The view from the terrace.

Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panaramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Sixteen miles of hiking trails interconnect three main areas and are open year-round. Kings Gap offers environmental education programs from the pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs.
Nearby Accommodations
Pheasant Field Bed Breakfast - Carlisle, PABBs / Inns
Enjoy casual, country elegance in this 200 year old brick farmhouse situated on 10 acres. We are located near the Appalachian Trail, world-class fly fishing and Carlisle collector car events.
11.5 miles from park*


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Nature Programs
Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center seeks to fulfill the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks' unique opportunity to teach about the natural world and critical environmental issues facing society. It also helps provide skills for appreciating and enjoying the outdoors. The center provides a wide variety of educational services to accomplish this goal.

A typical day may bring several classes of students to the center to participate in discovery-based environmental learning. Using various curricula, including activities selected from the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks' Activities for Environmental Learning, teachers and students explore the ecosystems of Kings Gap to further their awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

Center staff also train high school students, teachers and other interested high-school age groups to participate in the Bureau of State Parks' Watershed Education program. This outreach program develops problem solving skills for dealing with complex issues facing the environment.

Kings Gap conducts teacher workshops based on environmental education curricula including Activities for Environmental Learning, Keystone Aquatic Resources Education, Project Learning Tree and Project Wild. Workshops on environmental issues and resources tailored to meet specific needs are also offered. Each spring, Kings Gap co-sponsors an environmental issues conference with Shippensburg University.

During the summer months, youths ages 4 to 17 are invited to participate in the Bureau of State Parks' Youth Environmental Learning Series which includes: Touch and Grow, Environmental Discovery, Junior Naturalist and the Conservation Leadership Program. This series of four programs gives young people opportunities to explore and learn about the environment with others the same age.

The center offers a variety of interpretive programs for the general public. Programs offered on an annual basis include Discovering Owls, Experiencing a Spring Night, Sights and Sounds of a Summer Evening, and both a Holiday and a Spring Open House. A complete schedule of programs is available from the center office or at the three day use areas.

For additional information on any of the services provided by Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, contact the center office.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 2 fantastic for an environmental meeting
Idyllic setting for a small group meeting on environmental or related issues. A great place to develop group cohesion.
June 5 Beautiful, Quick Get away by kirkworks
Just a fun, quick hike trip for an hour, four hours or a family time for a picnic and light nature tour. Always enjoy it up there.
January 11 excellant hiking trails by bassdrum
I have hiked all of the trails several times .and love them all. Would like to see more trails


Area Campgrounds

Dogwood Acres Campground
4500 Enola Road
Newville, PA
717-776-5203


Western Village RV Park Inc
200 Greenview Drive
Carlisle, PA
717-243-1179


Walmar Manor Campground
125 Walmar Manor
Dillsburg, PA
717-432-4523


Cherokee Campground
200 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
717-486-8000


Deer Run Campground
111 Sheet Iron Roof Road
Gardners, PA


Mountain Creek Campground
349 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
717-486-7681


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Cold Spring Anglers
419 E High St # A
Carlisle, PA
(717) 245-2646


Dillsburg Fish & Game
224 Coffeetown Rd
Dillsburg, PA
(717) 432-3648


Addicted Angler
258 Red Tank Rd
Boiling Springs, PA
(717) 258-6669


Area Cabins and Lodges
Old Town Run Mountain Lodge
699 Baltimore Pike
Gardners, PA
(717) 486-5672


Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse
1559 Boiling Springs Rd
Boiling Springs, PA
(717) 258-3211


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Beechmont Inn Bed Breakfast - Hanover, PABBs / Inns
Located on a tree-lined street of stately historic homes, The Beechmont has welcomed business and leisure travelers since 1986 with exceptional hospitality and thoughtful extras designed to exceed travelers needs and desires.
Web Site: thebeechmont.com
25.9 miles from park*
Baladerry Inn - Gettysburg, PABBs / Inns
An ideal choice for your visit to historic Gettysburg and the surrounding area. One of the most historic inns in Gettysburg, with its unique country setting at the edge of the battlefield and close proximity to the restaurants and attractions in town.
Web Site: baladerryinn.com
20.9 miles from park*
The Brickhouse Inn - Gettysburg, PABBs / Inns
Gracious accommodations and in-town convenience are the perfect combination for your stay in Gettysbug. 1898 brick Victorian in historic district. Walk to battlefield, restaurants, shops.
Web Site: brickhouseinn.com
18.9 miles from park*
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The center's entrance is on Pine Road, one mile east of the Huntsdale Fish Hatchery. From Interstate 81, take Exit 37. At the exit, travel south on Route 233 about 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Pine Road and continue 2.5 miles. The entrance to the center is on the right.

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