Smith Gap Shelter (1948)
Smith Gap Shelter (Pennsylvania) under construction in 1948. The was built by members of the Philadelphia Trail Club and was opened to hikers on June 12, 1949. The shelter was built on private land, but in the late 1960s the landowner decided to build a vacation home on the site and turned the shelter into a storage shed. At this time, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the AMC had taken over supervision of the Appalachian Trail in the area from the Philadelphia Trail Club, and Chapter members built a new shelter closer to the Trail in 1973. They dedicated the shelter to their long serving volunteer LeRoy Smith, who passed away shortly after the completion of the current structure.
Philadelphia Trail Club
FormatBlack and white photograph
Philadelphia Trail Club Archives, Box 3
Philadelphia Trail Club, “Smith Gap Shelter (1948),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed April 1, 2023, https://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/487.