DCNR Calendar of Events

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Sixteen miles of hiking trails interconnect three main areas and are open year-round. Kings Gap offers environmental education programs from the pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs.

500 Kings Gap Rd., Carlisle, PA 17015-9306








Scott Hackenburg



Upcoming Events

Self Guided Tours: Mansion Open

Join us on the top of the mountain to visit the Cameron-Masland Mansion, an historic stone villa built in 1908 as a summer home. The first floor will be...

10/21 1pm
Owls of Pennsylvania

In this free program for ages 6+, join us to learn about owls found in PA. Saw-Whet Owls will be featured. Licensed banders from the Ned Smith Center...

10/26 8pm
Ghoulish 5K Trail Run

By popular demand for more grueling than ghoulish, the Friends of Kings Gap is sponsoring Ghoulish Gallop 5K Trail Runs, beginning a 8:30 a.m. on October 27,...

10/27 8:30am
Creepy Crawlies and Costumes-Halloween Hike

Some animals are considered creepy and crawly - only seeming to get attention on Halloween. While hiking in your favorite costume, we will learn the...

10/27 10:30am
Ghoulish Gallop 1-Mile Fun Hike/Walk

Join the Friends of Kings Gap on Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m. for the Ghoulish Gallop 1-Mile Fun Hike/Walk, which will start with packet pick-up at...

10/27 1pm

Recent Events

Fall Foliage Hike


Yoga on the Terrace


Recent Activity

Janet Lewis Richey

Janet Lewis Richey left a positive review 5/27/2018

This was fantastic. My 11 year old and 19 year old absolutely loved it. Yes, it rained. Yes the gnats were awful, but the instructors were fantastic. The safety/informational part was short but informative, keeping the younger kids engaged. There was plenty of shooting time, and it seems that everyone had a good time. Would do it again. FANTASTIC GUIDES!

Kings Gap State Park

Kings Gap State Park posted a photo 10/24/2017

Laurie Stone

Laurie Stone left a positive review 8/5/2016

I truly enjoyed the Astronomy program. Our presenters were fun and provided so much information. I learned new things. The combination of science and history of folklore and mythology was great. I would happily attend again!

Kris Costas

Kris Costas left a positive review 5/28/2016

Fantastic event! My kids and I really enjoyed ourselves and can't wait for the next event! I know my 3 y/o will be talking about this for months!

Aileen Curfman

Aileen Curfman left a positive review 1/1/2016

Here's the review I posted on TripAdvisor last night:

Very nice First Day hike
(5 of 5)

We attended a ranger-led hike that was very well-attended. The ranger did an excellent job of keeping the large crowd engaged as she led us past an old building foundation, some vernal pools, and a small stand of Douglas fir that is being overtaken by pines. We had visited this park many years ago, but hadn't realized that it's over 2500 acres and has 20 miles of trails. We'll be back.

Visited January 2016

Melaney Stremmel

Melaney Stremmel left a positive review 1/1/2015

Was fun to get out hiking at a park I've never before hiked at. After the guided hike my daughter and I explored some more trails at the park. Loved it!