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Hiking & Biking in Cumberland Valley

Whether you are an experienced hiker or biker or just starting out, Cumberland Valley has the perfect trail for you. The Valley is home to the midway point of the iconic Appalachian Trail. Your entire family will enjoy the unique day hikes on easily accessible trails that can be found on and around the A.T. 

Experienced hikers can try our more challenging trails like Pole Steeple and Flat Rock, or if you're just starting out enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail or the Army Heritage Trail. Browse our Top 10 Hikes & Trails to get moving!

Those looking to bike can experience the bike-friendly town of Carlisle or a variety of scenic, customized Bike Routes

Use the search feature below to find trail lengths, scenic vistas, and more. You can also explore experiential trails and bike routes on the Official Cumberland Valley Map.

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Hiking in the CV

Hundreds of miles of trails await you in Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania. Explore three state parks and the famed Appalachian Trial.

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Pole Steeple Trail

Pole Steeple's blue-blazed trail starts in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and ends in Michaux State Forest. The steep, but rewarding .75 mile climb takes you to a beautiful white and maroon colored quartzite rock...

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Appalachian Trail

Cumberland Valley is home to 46 miles of the 2,189 famed Appalachian Trail. The Valley's section includes a 13-mile stretch that is the longest-flattest section of the entire trail. This portion of the trail allows...

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Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

Wildlife viewers of all ages and experiences can hike, bike, walk, or horseback ride on the 13-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail that follows the abandoned Cumberland Valley railroad corridor from Shippensburg to...

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Flat Rock Trail

Flat Rock Trail is 2.5 miles long (one way) leading from Colonel Denning State Park to the top of Blue Mountain in Tuscarora State Forest. The trail head is at the footbridge next to the environmental classroom.

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Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center includes 2,531 acres to explore including 20 miles of trails, 3 day use areas, birding opportunities, biking trails and educational programming at the on-site mansion.

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Mount Holly Marsh Preserve

Mount Holly Marsh Preserve is a 913-acre nature preserve along the rocky slopes of South Mountain perfect for nature lovers and hikers. Carving out part of South Mountain’s rocky slope, Mount Holly Marsh Preserve...

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LeTort Spring Run & Nature Trail

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...

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Sunset Rocks Trail

Sunset Rocks Trail also known as Little Rocky Ridge is in the Michaux State Forest. This trail is one of the most popular hikes in the area because it offers great views and takes the hiker to the ruins of a...

Army Heritage Trail

Walk the one-mile outdoor interactive trail with full-size exhibits and artifacts to learn more about the U.S. Army's storied past.

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Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch

You'll find very few wildlife experiences that are more exciting than the sight of a Golden Eagle gliding over a landscape painted in late autumn reds, yellows and oranges. The best and most easily accessible...

 

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