LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail

260 East Pomfret Street,
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 245-0508

The LeTort Spring Run is named after James LeTort, a French-Swiss trader who settled near the headwaters of the stream in the early 18th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous mills and tanneries were located along the stream's banks. Later, the stream became internationally known for cold-water fly-fishing.

Fishing: A popular fly fishing destination, LeTort Spring Run is one of the finest limestone trout streams in the nation, known for large wild browns that are particularly wily. 

There is a handicapped accessible fishing platform at LeTort Park.

Hiking, Biking and Cross-Country Skiing: LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail is a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail that runs alongside LeTort Spring Run through a mixture of deciduous trees and lowland marshes (except for a short portion of the trail that travels along South Bedford Street.) The trail is an easy hike on relatively flat 8 to 10-foot-wideall weather stone surface. There are two entrances to the trail and both are easily accessible. The first is in LeTort Park, the second is at Bonny Brook Road, and the third is at South Spring Garden Street.

Keep an eye out for interpretive signage along the trail highlighting the namesake of the LeTort, steam-based industries along the trail, the South Mountain Railroad and historic architecture. Read more about other hiking and history locations in Cumberland Valley. 

Birding: The variety of habitats found along the two-mile stream-side trail offer excellent bird watching. Songbirds such as Common Yellowthroats and Carolina Wrens, flit among the trees while fishing birds, such as Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons, hunt the steam. Watch for various sparrows, woodpeckers, and hawk species. Read more about other bird watching hotspots throughout Cumberland Valley.

View the LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail Map (.pdf)

Read more about the LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail.

Things to Do
  • Hours: Dawn to Dusk
  • Months Open: Open year-round
  • Notes: Restrooms (in LeTort Park)
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  • Miles of Trails: 2
  • Number of Trails: 1
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Water Recreation
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