Hike along the Appalachian Trail to the Cumberland Valley Overlook. This out-and-back hike is roughly 2.5 miles out-and-back (5 miles round-trip), and is rated moderate due to being steep at points. The overlook is just before you crest the top of the mountain and has a stone bench to sit and enjoy the views. On a clear day, hikers can see nearly 17 miles to Roundtop Mountain Resort. Hikers may find blackberry and raspberry bushes along the trail during the summer.
The overlook is located .29 miles south of State Game Lands 170 at the Perry and Cumberland County border. The A.T. intersects with the Tuscarora Trail and Darlington Trail at this point. Hikers will also pass the Darlington Shelter if they continue north past the overlook for approximately .5 miles.
The pull-off for parking is located at 250 Sherwood Drive in Carlisle (roughly .3 miles off of Bernheisel Bridge Rd). If putting this address in GoogleMaps, please be sure to use the 17015 zip code (rather than 17013) or it will take you to the wrong address.Or, you can use the coordinates of 40.273965 -77.099416 instead. Go north on the AT and climb Blue Mountain to the overlook.
The trail is across the road from the parking area; look for the wooden bridge. This section of the trail starts with relatively even terrain and a minimal rise in elevation. Hikers will find several scenic bridges following the creek and lush foliage. After approximately 1.50 miles, the trail becomes steeper with switchbacks and rocky outcroppings. The trail may also be muddy in spots. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.
Alternatively, park at the Millers Gap parking area located at 458 Millers Gap Road, Marysville and hike west on the Darlington Trail 1.55 miles to the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and head south .29 miles to the overlook (approximately 4 miles round-trip).