Kings Gap Environmental Education 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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  • Great place to visit and learn. Even if there is not a "class" you can still see and learn. Great views of the Cumberland Valley!  more »
  • Had never been until recently. It is a beautiful place completely focused on nature and not leaving "no trace behind". They have several hiking paths. We went with a bunch of young children and they o...  more »
  • I held my wedding at this venue. The location was lovely, but there were so many opportunities for improvement. When I toured the venue in the winter I was given a price list. When spring rolled aroun...  more »
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  • For magnificent views Cumberland County this is the place to go.
  • Beautiful place to get a good view of the Cumberland Valley!
  • Kings Gap State Park is basically an 'environmental education center' that has all sorts of flowers, vegitation, flora & fauna of the south central pennsylvania region. there is a frog pond also, it has abundant marine & insect life. Great for an afternoon walk or hike, it really can help escape from daily grind. There is a mansion that has a self-guided tour too, it was a 100 year old home of the original owner, if you go out on the back deck it has some great views of the valley. over 1400 acres of land on the mountain!
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  • Absolutely a wonderful place to take your family to enjoy beautiful scenery