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West Virginia - Abandoned Turnpike

This Hike is led by GWH Ambassadors Sharon Jones and Tabbi Reefer!

If you are a registered member and have your punch card, don’t forget to bring it so we can initial it!
If you’re not a registered member, you’re more than welcome to attend anyway! You can find out more about how to become one and get a punch card of your own here:
We will not be handing out punch cards at this event. They’re available through purchase of a New Member Kit only.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Abandoned Tunnels
Trail Rating: GREEN: Mellow hike, easy to follow, elevation gain of 1,000 feet and under, low altitude. Novice hikers welcome! 2 liters of water required.
Meeting Location: Meet in the parking area on the abandoned turnpike at 8:45 A.M. Hike will begin at 9:00 A.M.

Date: Sunday July 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Distance: 5.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 190 feet
AllTrails Track:
Water Required: 2 liters

Dogs: Yes – must be on a leash
Permits / Passes: N/A
Trailhead Coordinates / Address: 40.048887,-78.095866 Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike
Waterfall, PA 16689

Track: We’ll meet at the parking area at the beginning of the abandoned turnpike. We will follow the old turnpike road for approximately 1.25 miles. We will walk through the Sideling Hill Tunnel (1.5 miles), explore a bit of the turnpike on the other side, enjoy a snack then retrace our steps back to our cars.

Please Note: A light source is required for this hike as it is very dark in the tunnel. You will not be able to see without one. A head lamp is preferable but a good flashlight would work as well. Your cell phone would not be considered a good light source.

Kids: No
Men: No

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***

To complete this hike, I highly recommend bringing snacks, 2 - 3 L of water, and your 10 essentials.

This hike is open to hikers of all skill levels. We’ll be hiking as a group, and nobody will be left behind or forgotten.

Any updates will be posted on the event thread via the pinned post, and I’ll update the event description if anything changes!