Hiking & Biking in Cumberland Valley

Whether you are an experienced hiker or biker or just starting out, discover and explore Cumberland Valley's more than 200 miles of scenic trails.


Seek out solitude and serenity with a leisurely stroll along verdant nature trails or try a more challenging hike where you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Cumberland Valley. Browse our Top 10 Trails to find a variety of hiking options, check out these off-the-beaten-path locations which invite you to unplug and unwind in a secluded setting, or find spectacular year-round views of the Valley at these 10 Overlooks.  Whatever trail you choose, you will be whisked away from buzzing electronics and mundane to-do lists and into wide-open spaces free from crowds.


Those looking for a biking adventure can experience the bike-friendly town of Carlisle or a variety of scenic, customized Bike Routes. For a unique getaway, combine a cycling adventure with a visit to our brewpubs. Read more about the Bikes & Brews itinerary. And, if you don't want the hassle of planning your trip, check out Sacred Rides Michaux or Adventure Explorations for guided trips tailored to your fitness level and ability.

Detailed information about walking, hiking, and biking trails can be found below. Use the search feature below to find trail lengths, scenic vistas, and more. Or explore your options using this interactive map showing our parks, land trails, and water trails.

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Hiking the A.T. in Cumberland Valley

Hundreds of miles of trails await you in Cumberland Valley, including a stretch of the famed Appalachian Trail that is easily accessible and perfect for a short day trip or weekend...

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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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