My friend and her husband enjoy hiking and she recently had this to say about two great hiking trails in the Cumberland Valley. Cumberland County has so many beautiful hiking trails to offer.

Most recently, my husband and I hiked Pole Steeple Trail at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. It was a brisk morning perfect for a hike. We parked in the small parking area for Pole Steeple Trail and began our climb in the well-marked blue markers to mark the Pole Steeple trail across the street. It is about a mile climb, not too difficult and suitable to take children.

We saw some white tail deer leaping through the woods which added to the already beautiful scenery of our hike. When we reached the top, we were greeted by some large boulders which you can climb on to a beautiful lookout point. The view is amazing and well worth the climb. We wanted to take a longer hike back to our car so we took another trail that had less of a slope.

We enjoyed the scenery on the way down, listened to the birds and animals of the woods—squirrels, deer, chipmunks, etc. We hiked about 4.5 miles in all and it was a great way to start our day. On the way home we stopped at Peter’s Orchard and picked up lots of goodies! Another great hike in Cumberland County is Flat Rock at Colonel Denning State Park.

Flat Rock is a more challenging hike, not suitable for small children, but well worth the hike. I highly recommend both of these great trails in Cumberland County.