Worth a stay
Unique, historic and very friendly.
The Ironmaster’s Mansion is located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park (home of the Half-gallon challenge). The Ironmaster’s Mansion is a halfway rest stop on the Appalachian Trail. Originally we were going to hike on after the half-gallon challenge and stay at a camp area about 1 mile north. However this is where my foot really caused me issues and decided to find a podiatrist and get it seen to. So we stayed overnight with other thru and section hikers. The hostel is unique, an historic mansion set in the middle of a state park. Its probably the most unusual hostel on the AT, it even includes a “priest hole” which is believed to have been used by slaves running north. Accommodation includes a 28-bed dormitory-style room with bunk beds and bedding included. You can buy pizza and soda within the mansion or next door is the Pine Grove cafe with short grill and small resupply and of course ice cream. The park also has the Appalachian Trail museum which is worth a visit and sells the “Halfway” patch. The shower facilities were very clean and towels/soap included, a basic breakfast of coffee, juice, and waffles. There was free wireless internet and a desktop computer for use by guests. Roger and Kathy Stone are the proprietors and were extremely helpful and friendly, they assisted me find a podiatrist and shuttle service. Laundry was done by the proprietors so no need to keep checking the machines.