It was a cool rainy day & I had planned this hike a few weeks ago… Do I do the hike or don’t I? Well the plan was to hike with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while & I was feeling stubborn so welcome to the second “Destinations With Dan”! Please excuse the (literally) foggy pictures. I was taking them with a wet phone; using wet hands; on a wet screen. Our destination this time is Table Rock View in Dauphin County. It’s a short little hike with a nice overlook at the end & not too difficult. There are some rocky spots though so be mindful if you do this hike. Let’s start our pictures off with:
THE PARKING AREA
I know… It’s just a parking area. Why do you need a picture of this right? Well SOME people (me) … might get lost trying to get here. That bridge you see there goes over the road & the turn off for the parking area is right by that bridge. Now if you are a google maps person you may be tempted to type in “Table Rock View” & be on your way. Seems like a reasonable strategy right? This will land you in the middle of a straightaway… about a mile from a usable trail… somewhere you don’t want to start. There won’t even be a pull off spot or turn when you are told that you have reached your destination… So ya… Don’t do that. Fortunately I had a better prepared hiking partner who actually did some research before leaving & had found the spot a half an hour before a far less prepared me finally got my life together. Thanks to that, I now know that what you DO want to do is type in Peters Mountain Appalachian Trail & this will bring you to the parking area far more quickly than I reached it. Once there, do not cross that bridge. You want to go
Or not. This goes right but you can also go straight. That will work too; maybe better for some. Same result. This way was rockier.
THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED ROCKS
Told ya there were rocks. Careful! They like to trip people. They don’t have much else to do. They are, after all, just rocks. If you happened to go the other way you will see
A building surrounded by a fence with razor wire. Was I thinking about the fact this could be a good place to hide out in a zombie apocalypse?
Either way you go you will eventually reach
POWERLINES & MORE ROCKS BUT THIS TIME WITH GRAFFITI
Had it not been raining this area would have likely granted a good view in addition to the actual overlook itself. It was a nice wide open portion of the trail. It’s a good spot to pause. Keep going & eventually you will reach
Oh, & the sign happens to be right in front of
TABLE ROCK VIEW
The view is beautiful isn’t it? Right… the fog. My bad. All joking about the rain aside; I did enjoy the hike & it is a nice little spot. I imagine that view is probably pretty great when there is better visibility. I definitely intend to go back sometime in better weather. It was actually kind of pretty seeing the fog rolling through though.
A THOROUGHLY RAIN SOAKED ME STANDING ON A ROCK
Thank you for taking the time to read about my little adventure & if you think you might like this spot then give it a shot. Be safe though. Don’t let any of those rocks trip you & maybe don’t stand on the very edge of the overlook? Not saying anyone did that or anything…
Side note: No sunburn this time.