2009-10-15 / Features

WW II Secrets of South Mountain To Be Explored

On Saturday, October 31, explore the bramble-covered remains of the World War II POW camp in Michaux State Forest with Kings Gap Environmental Education Center staff. The former Camp S-51-PA Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was used to interrogate German and Japanese military officers from 1942 to 1945.

Learn about extraordinary measures taken to keep this location a secret from the local population during the war. See the crumbling foundations of mess halls, a guard tower and flag pole, as well as POW and Third Service Command Corps insignia imprints in cement. This leisurely-paced 1.5 mile hike covers brushy, uneven terrain and includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Two programs will be offered, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, for $5 per person. Only 25 participants will be accepted for each program, so register soon! Call 717-486-5031 to register, or for more information.

More information available at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/state parks/parks/kingsgap.aspx

For more information about programs contact the center at 717-486-3799, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The center grounds are open to the public year-round from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice); 1-888-537-7294 (TTY); 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY); 1-800-654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service)

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