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LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail

  • Address: 260 East Pomfret Street Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Phone: (717) 245-0508
  • Address: 260 East Pomfret Street Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Phone: (717) 245-0508
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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. This iconic stream was also the first stream featured on the companion TV series to the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. You can watch the episode here. Orvis-certified fly fishing guide Tom Brtalik, legendary fisherman Ed Shenk and even a short segment on the Yellow Breeches Creek are also featured in this episode.

There is a handicapped accessible fishing platform at LeTort Park.

Hiking, Biking and Cross-Country Skiing: LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail is a two-mile tranquil trail that runs alongside LeTort Spring Run through a mixture of deciduous trees and lowland marshes. The trail is an easy hike on 6-foot-wide crushed stone path. There are two entrances to the trail and both are easily accessible. The first is in LeTort Park and the second is at Bonny Brook Road Bridge in South Middleton Township. There is also a connection to the Wittlinger Trail that passes through wetlands. You'll see a wide variety of wild life from field mice to white tail deer, ducks and geese.

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. The trail also winds through different settings including park lands, residential, agricultural and industrial.

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. 

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

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  • 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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