The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Invites You To Cool Off In The Boiling Springs Rock Maze With 'Third Thursdays' Hike July 17

Top Quote The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announces the next hike of the "Third Thursdays"event series. Join the hike of the rock maze in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on July 17 at 6 p.m. End Quote
  • Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV (1888PressRelease) June 24, 2014 - The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is continuing its "Third Thursdays" event series with a hike through a section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) known as the rock maze on July 17 at 6 p.m. The 3-mile hike will begin at the Whiskey Spring Road trailhead in Boiling Springs, PA and will follow the Trail south through the storied rock formations that give this unique section of the A.T. its name.

    During the Cool Off in the Rock Maze hike, Jim Shaulis, a geologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will give an overview of how the rock formations came to be and the types of rock that make up the formations, as well as background information on the geological make-up of the Cumberland Valley.

    "Sharing the historical and scientific significance of some of our region's most unique natural resources is a great way to enhance how people view the Trail and provide a sense of just how varied the landscape of the Trail is along its nearly 2,180-mile span," said Karen Lutz, ATC regional director.

    The ATC's Third Thursdays is a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. The series will run through October with a different event every month.

    Third Thursdays Event Series Overview:

    Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike (3 miles, moderate)
    Date: July 17
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: Whiskey Spring Road trailhead, 100 Whiskey Spring Road, Boiling Springs, PA

    Music & Art in the Park
    Date: Aug. 21
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: A.T. Information Center, 4 E. 1st St., Boiling Springs, PA

    Yoga Sunset Hike (3 miles, easy)
    Date: Sept. 18
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: A.T. Information Center, 4 E. 1st St., Boiling Springs, PA

    Nocturnal Friends Hike (2.5 miles, easy)
    Date: Oct. 16
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: A.T. Information Center, 4 E. 1st St., Boiling Springs, PA

    The Third Thursdays Boiling Springs Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Register by calling 717-258-5771 or online at For more information about the Third Thursday events series, visit

    About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit

    Contact: Javier Folgar
    Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
    Fax: 304.535.2667
    Email: jfolgar ( @ ) appalachiantrail dot org

    For more information or to schedule an interview, please call Javier Folgar at 304.535.2200 x117 or e-mail jfolgar ( @ ) appalachiantrail dot org.

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