At this point we’ve all had enough of winter, time to ring in springtime and plan for blooming trees and days outdoors.

At this point we've all had enough of winter, time to ring in springtime and plan for blooming trees and days outdoors. Discover Cumberland Valley's top outdoor attractions and things to do below.

Cumberland Valley is a hiker's paradise with an assortment of trails for novice hikers to bouldering trails for those seeking a challenge. The Valley is also home to a stretch of the famous Appalachian Trail. Our portion is the longest, flattest section that offers perfect day hiking opportunities and convenient parking. Browse our Top 10 Hikes & Trails to get moving at You'll find a variety of trail lengths, scenic vistas and more. You can also explore experiential trails on the Official Cumberland Valley Map. Pick up a free copy of the hiking brochure and the official map at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center in Downtown Carlisle.

The Valley's biking options range from a downtown friendly biking network to a historic and agriculturally significant rail trail. Downtown Carlisle features convenient biking lanes along with courtesy and safety signage throughout the town. Pick up a copy of the Borough of Carlisle Bicycle and Pedestrian Network guide at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is also a great destination for bikers looking to get off the road and enjoy a picturesque ride through the Valley's landscape. This 11-mile trail runs from Shippensburg to Newville and its flat terrain allows riders to relax and enjoy the view.

Fun on the Water
Fishing and boating opportunities allow you to get out on the water this spring. Cumberland Valley is well-known for fly-fishing and is home to three renowned streams including Yellow Breeches Creek, LeTort Spring Run and Big Spring Creek Greenway. If you'd like to learn more about this sport, sign up for a weekend at Allenberry's Fly Fishing School. As soon as the weather warms up, take kayaks and canoes out on the Conodoguinet Creek and Yellow Breeches Creek. A Trail Map & Guide for these two creeks is available at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center.

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