View Full Version : Toms Run Shelter vs Iron Masters Hostel

05-02-2011, 11:26
I was wondering if it was worth it to hike the extra 3 miles (or is it longer?) from Tom's Run Shelter or stay at Iron Masters Hostel in Pine Grove Park? Anyone stayed there since it has re-opened? Do they seem to be ok with hikers just showing up? Fun Fun! See you on the trail soon! ~ Owl:sun

05-02-2011, 11:34
I SOBO section-hiked through there about 3 weeks ago but didn't take the time to check out the "new" Ironmasters. However, I camped (tented) at Toms Run and liked it. The 2 shelters are small but appear well-built. There's lots of good camping around the shelters and the water source was near and flowing quite nicely. Of course, it's early Spring but the stream seemed permanent to me.

05-02-2011, 20:07
I was at the Ironmaster's about a week ago. We had reservations but had the place to ourselves. If you walk up and a bed is available, they are happy to have you.

05-02-2011, 20:17
I would only stay at the hostel if I needed a shower.
If I was out for a short hike I would stay at the shelter.


05-02-2011, 20:31
Part of the enjoyment of my stops there in the past was the ability to use the kitchen. What I was carrying and a few stock items in the cupboard and cooking on a real stove could make a nice meal. They no longer have an open kitchen.
If you plan to play tourist and visit the rest of the park and the museum it might be worth just a shower and a bed or not. You didn't say how long of a hike you were going on.

05-02-2011, 20:35
Toms Run Shelters are across from one another with level ground amongst the hardwoods on which to pitch a tent and there's decent water source nearby.

05-16-2011, 00:07
Sorry, left out that detail of the length of my adventure....3 weeks. :-) Thanks for all the great comments! Very helpful!

05-16-2011, 06:03
I.m a local trail maintainer in the area and either stop is a good one, just depends if you want comfort. Someone is also opening a hostel up on Big flat / Shippensburg Rd. Should be open in August

05-16-2011, 06:09
A local trail angel and trail maintainer is planning on opening a new hostel in just south of the A.T. halfway point. The hostel will be only 500 feet from the trail lands and in a secluded section of the Michaux State Forest. They are renovating a house and it should be ready by AUGUST maybe sooner. You can e-mail them at [email protected] or call at 717 352 4686 for more info. The owners are known for some serious TRAIL MAGIC read the registers in the area