Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Backpackers Hostel: Ironmaster's Mansion to Close

Kind of sad to know that, when I pass through lower Pennsylvania, a well known Appalachian Trail landmark will be closed. It was recently announced that Ironmaster's Mansion in Pine Grove Furnace State Park will close at the end of April 2010.

Ironmaster's Mansion hosted about 1,500 hikers each year and will be dearly missed. I had hoped to stop, not for the night, but for a picture from their balcony which features a trail sign giving the mileage between Springer Mountain and Mount Katahdin.

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy is in talks to take over the building and may reopen the hostel after renovations. Should that come to pass, the new hostel will be considerably smaller and reservations will likely be needed.

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