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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  • Paths are nice, well maintained. Just have to spray for ticks before you head out. Variety of trails to chose from. 
  • I took kids to Kings Gap Environmental Ed. Center for a second grade school field trip last fall. What a terrific place! We took three classes on each of two visits, and the programs were phenomenal. ...  more »
  • Enlighting and relaxing day. We visited the main buildings with exceptional views of the Valley. The atmosphere is relaxing and the vegitation very beautiful. Good for a stop to take in the view and f...  more »