Summer is one of the best times to uncover Cumberland Valley's many trails and try something new. Whether you are traveling as a couple or with friends or family, the trails below are the perfect way to rediscover the joys of travel during your weekend easy getaway. From craft beer or history to ice cream or hiking, you'll find what you're looking for in Cumberland Valley.
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir
Hiking trails, including the famous Appalachian Trail, are abundant in the Valley. Lace up your sneakers and spend an hour, an afternoon, or an entire day exploring scenic overlooks, hidden history, and wildlife. Start with our top 10 hikes.
Make a Splash
Fishing, boating, swimming, and splashing around will keep you cool on hot summer days. Explore the Valley's water trails, including the Conogoduignet Creek, Yellow Breeches Creek, and Susquehanna River. Start with our top 10 places to fish.
Keep an eye to the sky to spot a variety of songbirds, fishing birds, sparrows, woodpeckers, and hawks in the Valley. Your adventure will take you through state parks, waterfront parks, and Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch. Start with our bird watching hot spots.
Whether you are looking for road cycling, mountain biking, or something in between, the Valley has a trail for you. Pedal through changing views of urban downtowns, rolling farms, or lakeside climbs. Start with our 9 best biking trails.
Take a Drive
The Valley's landscape is lush green in the summer and vibrant hues of orange, red, and yellow in the fall. Take a leisurely drive that leads you to neighboring Perry County to find covered bridges. Follow our turn-by-turn directions for the Perry County Covered Bridge and Wine Loop.
Walk Through History
Learn about the Valley's history through a collection of self-guided walking tours. Explore the Carlisle Barracks, uncover a WWII Prisoner of War Camp, or stroll through charming Boiling Springs at your own pace. Start with our self-guided tours. Or, stroll along the one-mile Army Heritage Trail at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center to immerse yourself in the history of the U.S. Army through more than 10 exhibits and large artifacts.
Explore Farm Fun
The Valley's fertile soil makes it home to numerous farm markets and attractions. Pick your own berries, peas, beans, pumpkins, or flowers, pet an alpaca, or get lost in a corn maze. Start with our fresh-picked fun suggestions.
Tap, Tour & Try a Pint
Chill Out in the Cumberland Valley
Cumberland Valley is a dream destination for ice cream lovers and there are plenty of places to find this cooling treat! The Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail passport is closed for the season, but you can still indulge in every conceivable ice cream concoction as you sprinkle in some stops on your next visit. Click here to view a full list of fun ice cream stops in Cumberland Valley. Many locations are open year-round but be sure to check their website for seasonal hours of operation. Any deals or discounts presented in the Cumberland Valley Ice Cream passported expired on 9/6/21 and are no longer valid. Be sure to check back in May 2022 for the new Ice Cream Trail promotion.
Capture the Spirit of Cumberland Valley
The Cumberland Valley Photo Trail is a fun way to capture the spirit of Cumberland Valley and fully experience locations that make this region of south-central Pennsylvania a unique area to live, work, and play. As you embark on your journey, snap some great images and share them using #FoundItinCV. We can't wait to see what other happy surprises you find along the way!