What's better than beer? How about beer paired with fun hiking trails, cool downtowns, unique shops, tons of dining options, and seasonal events?

Cumberland Valley is the perfect place to plan an easy weekend getaway where you can binge-watch sunsets, sample unique flavors of craft beverages, and fit enough fun into a two-day weekend that it feels like three.

Pick your favorite Beer Trail locations below, find out what is nearby, and sign up for your free digital passport. Your weekend is waiting for you.

Beer Trail Map 2021

Shippensburg, Gardners & Newville

Shippensburg University

The college town of Shippensburg is the western-most town of Cumberland Valley and close to Gardners and Newville, where visitors will find some of the best outdoor recreation in the county.

Beer Trail Locations

Root beer, Birch beer, and Ginger beer from Appalachian Brewing Company

Get Outside

Hike or bike your way through the Cumberland Valley. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is a 13-mile rail bed perfect for biking. Visitors will cruise by beautiful farmland dotted with interpretive signage about agricultural impacts and Civil War history. Start at Shippensburg University, and visit the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum, then end in Newville. Colonel Denning State Park, also located in Newville, is home to the popular Flat Rock Trail, a strenuous 2.5-mile hike to a stunning 180-degree vista. Or, visit Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners and explore the midway point of the Appalachian Trail, the Appalachian Trail Museum (open seasonally), Fuller and Laurel Lakes, and the popular Pole Steeple Trail and overlook.

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Mark Your Calendar

Check the events calendar for a full listing.

  • Weekend Movies at Cumberland Drive-In (Seasonal)
  • Cumberland Valley TrailFest (Spring)
  • Corn Fest (August)
  • Uprise (September)
  • Fall Furnace Fest (October)

Tractor Hay Rides at Fall Furnace Festival

Carlisle & Boiling Springs

Downtown Carlisle Drone

Downtown Carlisle is a walkable, historic town featuring Dickinson College. And you won't want to miss nearby Boiling Springs,  a charming village, and a designated Appalachian Trail Community.

Beer Trail Locations

Walk to four of Carlisle's six Beer Trail locations as you explore this tree-lined college town.

Tasting at Hook & Flask Still Works

Explore Carlisle

Park your car and traverse historic downtown Carlisle on foot. Instagram your favorite dishes from a variety of restaurants, or pick up a souvenir as you visit the 40+ downtown merchants featuring antiques, artisan crafts, chocolates, and boutique finds. Check out military equipment at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, craft your own gourd at Meadowbrooke Gourds, or play at the arcade, mini-golf courses, or go-kart tracks at the Carlisle Sports Emporium, all located a short drive from the downtown.

Downtown Carlisle

Get Outside

Lace your hiking shoes and pack your selfie stick. Find over 20 miles of hiking trails, including five scenic overlooks at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center. Have fun playing in nature's playground as you rock scramble to amazing views on the White Rocks Trail or at Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch. Picture-perfect Children's Lake offers easy day-hike options on the Appalachian Trail.

Children's Lake

Mark Your Calendar

Check the events calendar for a full listing.

  • Carlisle Ice Art Fest (February)
  • Carlisle Events Collector Auto Shows, Auctions & Parades (April-October)
  • Army Heritage Days (May)
  • Amani Festival (May)
  • Foundry Day (June)
  • Sunflower Festival & Oops Sale (August)
  • Harvest of the Arts (September)
  • Oktoberfest (October)
  • Halloweekend (October)
  • Market of Curiosities (late November/early December)
  • Farmers on the Square (weekly)

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Mechanicsburg & Dillsburg

Downtown Mechanicsburg Drone

Mechanicsburg covers a large area including a charming downtown with local businesses, a bustling commerce area with many big-box stores, and scenic farmlands.

Beer Trail Locations

From charming taprooms to casual restaurants, you'll find a variety of Beer Trail settings on your journey.

Mellow Mink Brewing

Uncover History

The greater Mechanicsburg area is rich in history and features numerous opportunities to explore. Visit the Mechanicsburg Museum, a collection of four preserved 1800's buildings to learn about the Cumberland Valley Railroad. The Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association operates a 90-acre fairgrounds featuring a running steam locomotive, sawmill, and steam boiler house. Visitors can view these historic assets in action during events throughout the year, and can even conduct the steam locomotive! Visit Civil War & More to learn about the Civil War in Cumberland Valley. The Rolls Royce Foundation & Museum houses a changing collection of Rolls Royce and Bentley Motorcars. Dill's Tavern and Plantation is an interactive education center featuring an original 1700's tavern, as well as reconstructed facilities including a rye whiskey distillery, barn, summer kitchen, woodshed, bake oven, and wheelwright shop.

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Get Outside

Use one of the numerous Mechanicsburg access points to the Yellow Breeches Creek and spend an afternoon kayaking or tubing down this scenic water trail. Tube rentals and transportation shuttles are available from Creekside at Liberty Forge. Pick-Your-Own berries, beans, flowers, pumpkins, and more from local farmers markets. Oak Grove Farms, Paulus Farm Market, and Paulus Mt Airy Orchards all offer u-pick options, as well as a variety of produce, baked goods, ice cream, meats, plants and more, plus fun fall-themed activities.

Paulus Farm Market

Mark Your Calendar

Check the events calendar for a full listing.

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West Shore & Harrisburg

Brightly-colored mural in Downtown New Cumberland

The communities of Camp Hill, Enola, Lemoyne, New Cumberland, and Wormleysburg, collectively referred to as the West Shore, dot the shores of the Susquehanna River. Across the river lays the Pennsylvania Capitol city of Harrisburg.

Beer Trail Locations

The West Shore has a collection of funky locations to enjoy. From boutique breweries to downtown distilleries, you'll have a hard time picking your favorite.

Couple at Ever Grain

Explore Camp Hill

Downtown Camp Hill is dotted with boutiques, day spas, and restaurants. Spend a few hours filling your shopping bags with clothing, jewelry, home goods, gourmet coffee, and chocolates. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants, or get it to go and enjoy a picnic at downtown Willow Park or nearby Negley Park. For a truly unique experience, book an appointment at Dissolve Float Spa, where visitors effortlessly float in a pod filled with 10" of heated water and 900 pounds of Epsom salts. Finish at Pennsylvania Bakery, a local favorite featuring cases of delicious pastries.

Pennsylvania Bakery

City Island & Harrisburg Attractions

The Susquehanna River corridor offers visitors plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Spend an afternoon on City Island, where you can play mini-golf, take a scenic ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna, or catch a Senator's baseball game (and fireworks!). Susquehanna Outfitters offers kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals and shuttle service. Speed around the track at up to 50 mph at Autobahn Indoor Speedway, or play arcade games at Dave & Buster's. If you like history, visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, State Museum of Pennsylvania, or National Civil War Museum.

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Mark Your Calendar

Check the events calendar for a full listing.

West Shore Farmers Market

Top Off Your Weekend

Perhaps one of the most perfect pairings is the Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail. Download the fun passport and taste your way through unique flavors, funky pairings, and scoops of delicious ice cream, custard, and frozen yogurt.

Ice Cream

Stay the Night

Cumberland Valley has comfortable and affordable hotels with well-appointed modern guest rooms or suites. They are easily accessible from major highways and their convenient locations mean you are never too far from the action. 

For an added level of comfort, stay at one of our truly unique B&Bs, where you can enjoy luxurious accommodations and personalized service.

Click here for all of our lodging options.

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