Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, Carlisle
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Kings Gap Environmental Education Center is a 1454acre Pennsylvania state park in Cooke, Dickinson and Penn Townships, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acquired the land in 1973, from the C. H. Masland and Son Carpet Company. Kings Gap State Park is from Pennsylvania Route 233 on South Mountain.HistoryHuman influence on South Mountain, 1750-1900The origin of the name "Kings Gap" is not known, although it is believed to date back to early settlers in this region. The forests of Kings Gap reflect the influence of the charcoaling industry that began in the 1700s and persisted through the late 1800s. Before the discovery of coal, charcoal fueled the iron furnaces located nearby. Some furnaces were as close as Huntsdale, one mile to the southwest of the entrance to Kings Gap. Iron furnaces required tremendous amounts of charcoal as fuel. In 1786, an average furnace consumed in one day the charcoal produced from one acre of forest. The forests of South Mountain were clearcut on a 20 - 25 year cycle to satisfy the unquenchable thirst for charcoal by nine iron furnaces located in the Kings Gap area. A relatively young forest now exists as a result of these repeated cuttings.
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  • The trails were OK, nothing stunning. The view from the mansion was very scenic, but the mansion itself was nothing special. Some of the trails were not marked well. The road going up the mountain cou...  more »
  • I enjoy the Wednesday night hikes which occur from spring through early fall. There are numerous trails through the woods at King's Gap, and the hikes usually cover 3 to 4 miles and last two hours. I ...  more »
  • Check out the lovely native gardens at the King's Gap Mansion - the view of the Cumberland Valley is gorgeous, and you are likely to have it all to yourself. The Environmental Education Center has exh...  more »