Check Out the Hiking in Cumberland Valley
If you are moving to central Pennsylvania and specifically to the Cumberland Valley/Cumberland County area one of the first things you should know is that this area is full of gorgeous outdoor spaces and some of the best hiking in the state. Whether you enjoy a relaxed stroll through fairytale-style woods or you prefer the adventurous challenge of a backpacking-style climb through a mountain you can find a trail that suits you in Cumberland County.
Many trails wind through Cumberland County including one of the largest trails in the United States. Let's take a look at five of Cumberland County's most popular hiking trails to give you a snapshot of what is available here. If you are someone who loves the outdoors you may be even more excited to be here. And if you have never taken a hike it may just inspire you to start searching for hiking boots and take on a new hobby.
Five Great Hiking Trails in Cumberland County
The Appalachian Trail
This is the most popular and recognized trail in the area is of course the Appalachian Trail. If you are not familiar with Cumberland County you may not realize that this rural portion of Pennsylvania full of small boroughs is home to a trailhead along one of the largest multi-state trails in the country. The Appalachian Trail spans through 14 states and over 2000 miles.
46 miles of the Appalachian Trail are located in Cumberland County and the easiest access point is in the borough of Carlisle. There are several different areas and levels of difficulty along the trail from extremely easy to strenuous and difficult.
The Army Heritage Trail at USAHEC
Located at 950 Soldiers Dr. in Carlisle this trail is open all year from dawn to dusk and the exhibits are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
If you're looking for a leisurely stroll mixed with a bit of historical education around the area this is a great spot. The trail is a very easy 1-mile self-guided loop that features a war exhibit and a memorial garden. Inside you will find a book and gift shop as well as the Café Cumberland. The trail is pet-friendly and handicap accessible.
On Pomfret Street in Carlisle, this internationally recognized nature area is most popular for its cold water flyfishing. But in addition to the best fly fishing spot in the area, there is a system of trails. One trail is easily accessible and runs about 2 miles through the woods with some of the most gorgeous outdoor areas you can experience. This is a great spot for several activities in addition to hiking and fishing including biking and birdwatching.
Mount Holly Marsh Preserve
Mount Holly Marsh Preserve is a large natural area encompassing 913 acres on the slopes of South Mountain. There are six different trails in the area to keep you occupied from easy to difficult. It is a great spot to enjoy the local wildlife including mink, Canadian geese, kingfishers, muskrats, painted and snapping turtles, ducks, and maybe even a golden club. If you enjoy blueberries this is also a great spot to pick them fresh during the season. The preserve is located at 1 Lakeside Dr. in Mount Holly Springs.
Waggoner's Gap is a great spot and most popular for viewing the annual migration of hawks, golden eagles and also raptors. It is located along Kittatinny Ridge also known as Blue Mountain. You can reach the spot from two different trails including the Hawk Trail and the Songbird Trail. Both of the trails are simple to navigate and are reasonable day hike trails. You can access the trails from Waggoners Gap Road also known as Route 74 in Carlisle. The area is open for hiking from August to December.
This is a very small handful of the amazing trails available for outdoor enthusiasts in Cumberland Valley. It is also just a small snapshot of what is amazing about Cumberland Valley and Central Pennsylvania. If you would like to learn more about living in central Pennsylvania browse through our website and blog.
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