On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Duncannon to Boiling Springs

After crossing over the Susquehanna River, the Appalachian Trail goes through the town of Duncannon, Pennsylvania. It is a convenient place to buy supplies and do laundry. One business catering to thru-hikers is the Doyle Hotel. Elizabeth and Darcy stay there for one night in Boots & Backpacks.

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The Doyle Hotel in Duncannon welcomes hikers.
photo by Seth Gaines
View of Duncannon from the AT on Cove Mountain
photo by mjmst96

For the next section of trail, the terrain changes. Rather than following forested ridges, the AT crosses through Pennsylvania farmland.

Farmland near Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
Farmland along the AT
photo by Mark Larson
Hay Bales
Farms and hay bales along the AT
photo by Ben and Lauren Thompson

Just outside the town of Boiling Springs is this regional office for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the non-profit group tasked with maintaining the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. In B&B, Elizabeth signs the trail register on this porch.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Office
Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Boiling Springs, PA
photo by cthoyes

Continuing on into the town, hikers are treated to views of the Children’s Lake surrounded by the historic buildings of Boiling Springs.

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Autumn on Children’s Lake, Boiling Springs
photo by Sherrie
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Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs
photo by Harvey Barrison

One particular historic building is the Boiling Springs Tavern, established in 1832. A key scene in Boots & Backpacks, involving some beer and a jukebox, takes place here.

Boiling Springs Tavern
The Boiling Springs Tavern
photo by cthoyes

But our backpacking duo make it safely back to their bed and breakfast to hike another day.

Sunset over Boiling Springs
Sunset over Boiling Springs
photo by igitursum

Next up on the trail: Pine Grove Furnace and Caledonia State Parks.

Previous On the Trail with D&E posts:

Delaware Water Gap Part 1

Delaware Water Gap Part 2

Eastern Pennsylvania

Hawk Mountain and the Pinnacle

The Schuykill to the Susquehanna

The Boots & Backpacks Map