Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

A park education talks with young park visitors at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania State Parks.

Environmental Education

The center provides a wide variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups and individuals.


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.

The grounds are open to the public year-round from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Sixteen miles of hiking trails connect with three main day use areas of the center: Pine Plantation Day Use Area, Pond Day Use Area and Mansion Day Use Area. A 32-room stone mansion on the mountaintop houses the center's office and the training center. The office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends and evenings when a public program is scheduled. A schedule of programs is available from the center office or at the three day use areas.

The mansion serves as the William C. Forrey Training Center for the Commonwealth, providing meals and overnight lodging for government agencies. The comfortable surroundings make it an ideal location for productive work sessions and meetings. The training center has a maximum day use capacity for 45 people and accommodates 23 people overnight.

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This circular map shows the roads leading to Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.

This map of Pennsylvania highlights Kings Gap Environmental Education Center in the southcentral part of the state.

The center’s entrance is on Pine Road. From Interstate 81, take Exit 37. Travel south on Route 233 about 2.3 miles. Turn left onto Pine Road and continue 2.2 miles to Kings Gap Road. Turn right onto Kings Gap Road. Proceed 3.5 miles on the winding, paved road to the top of the mountain. In the Mansion Area, follow one-way directional signs. Parking is available in several lots adjacent to the education building and the Cameron-Masland Mansion.

GPS DD:  Lat. 40.09321  Long. -77.2683

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center