The Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club (CVATC) has named its Trindle Road parking lot in honor of Craig Dunn. Dunn is one of the founders of CVATC, which was formed in 1991. Dunn has been a faithful friend, advocate and builder of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and other trails for approximately 40 years. He began his A.T. work with the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, serving in many leadership roles, including president in the late 1980s. After that, in the early 1990s, he distinguished himself as a leader in the movement to relocate the 17 miles of the A.T. in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania from a road walk to a true trail. Dunn and others held public meetings, negotiated with landowners, and relentlessly but diplomatically pushed forward against opposition groups. Through it all, Dunn stood out as a voice of calm reason who advocated for the long-term benefits the relocated trail would provide to the local community. In the opinion of many, these benefits have come to pass.
Dunn has served as CVATC’s trailmaster for decades. Craig has also served on the board of managers of Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and in several capacities with the Keystone Trails Association. In 2003, Craig received ATC’s highest award, Honorary Life Membership. Craig lives with his wife, Cindy Adams Dunn, in the Camp Hill area. Learn more about Craig here.
The Craig Dunn Parking Lot is just west of the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and Trindle Road (PA Route 641), in Middlesex Township, Cumberland County, midway between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. It features eight parking spaces, including one space with handicap access and a rustic sign kiosk. The parking lot opened in 2012.