Cowans Gap State
Length: 2.0 miles (in the
Tuscarora Trail is a spur trail to the Appalachian Trail. The more
popular section to walk is a 1.5-mile section beginning across Aughwick Road
from Parking Lot #3, climbing along Tuscarora Mountain to the junction with
Geyer Trail. Once at the junction with Geyer Trail, you can return to the
day use area, retracing your walk from Parking Lot #3, or follow Geyer Trail
to Cameron Trail then to Plessinger Trail returning to the day use area, or
take the Tuscarora Trail another 2.4 miles south to the top of Big Mountain
and a spectacular overlook of the Path Valley and Franklin County.
From the Big Mountain Overlook, you will have a 3.9-mile return hike
back to the park. The Cowans Gap section of the trail is renowned for its
unusual rock outcroppings and rock fields.
The park is between Chambersburg and McConnellsburg. To reach the park
from the west; take Exit 180, Fort Littleton, of I-76, then US 522 north to
Burnt Cabins and follow signs to the park. From the east; take Exit 189,
Willow Hill, of I-76, then PA 75 south to Richmond Furnace and follow signs.
From US 30; take PA 75 north at Fort Loudon to Richmond Furnace and follow