Appalachian Trail

The BMECC Section of The Appalachian Trail

In 1926, planners of the Appalachian Trail asked hiking club members to locate and build 102 miles of the Appalachian Trail through the wilderness along the mountaintop from the Lehigh River to the Susquehanna River. Monuments, cabins, and rest stops were built along the way. After five years of volunteer labor, dedication of the completed section was held on October 12, 1931.The Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club currently maintains a 64.4 mile section of the trail along Blue Mountain from Lehigh Furnace Gap Road to Rausch Gap, with the exception of a section between Bake Oven Road and Tri-county Corner.

Trail Maintenance

Club members and other volunteers perform on-going maintenance, clean-ups and repairs on the Appalachian Trail, and Shelters. Each section of the Appalachian Trail that the BMECC maintains has a caretaker. Caretakers hike their section and identify areas needing maintenance. Monthly work trips are scheduled to improve areas identified. Repairs are also made to the shelters including new roofs, privys and more each year. Are you ready to help improve the beautiful Appalachian Trail? Find all work trips on our schedule.

Trail Maps

Trail maps are an important necessity to learning about the Appalachian Trail and traveling safely. Here are links to some helpful resources.


Safety: There is sporadic vandalism at any parking area, so don't leave valuables visible in your vehicle. 

Abbreviations: Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), National Park Service (NPS),

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Parking from South to North

Links to Valuable Trail-Related Information Sources