Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Cumberland Valley located?
Cumberland Valley is located in the heart of south-central Pennsylvania and is easily accessible via Interstate 81, I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike), I-83 and US 11/15. Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River border Cumberland Valley on the west, while the Appalachian Trail meanders throughout the Valley. Every major city on the Northeast Corridor including New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore is within a one- to three-hour drive.
What towns are included in Cumberland Valley?
Cumberland Valley's towns include Boiling Springs, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Enola, Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, Mt. Holly Springs, New Cumberland, Newburg, Newville, Shippensburg and Wormleysburg. In these picturesque and walkable small towns, you'll find a diverse collection of galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, and museums. As you are planning your trip, nearby locations include Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Hershey, and Lancaster.View Towns
What is Cumberland Valley's climate like?
Cumberland Valley is an all-season destination, offering the best weather for spring hiking, summer swimming, fall leaf-peeping, and winter cuddling.
- Average daytime temperature: Summer 86° F, Winter 30°F
- Average nighttime temperature: Summer 59°F, Winter 18°F
What are the top attractions in Cumberland Valley?
The top six attractions are:
- U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
- Pine Grove Furnace State Park
- Car shows at Carlisle Fairgrounds
- Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
- Meadowbrooke Gourds
- Cumberland County Historical Society
Other highlights include the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail, the Luhrs Performing Arts Center, the Appalachian Trail, and the Appalachian Trail Museum.
What are the Cumberland Valley's top events?
The top five events are:
- Carlisle Fairgrounds' Auto Events - April through October
- Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg - June
- Corn Festival in Shippensburg - August
- Corvettes Downtown Parade in Carlisle - August
- Foundry Day in Boiling Springs - June
Other popular events include Bluegrass on the Grass (July), Uprise Fest (September), Fall Furnace Fest (October), and Ice Art Fest (January).View Events Calendar
What does Cumberland Valley have to offer for outdoor recreation?
- Biking: The 13-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
- Hiking: More than 200 miles of trails including the midway point of the iconic Appalachian Trail
- Fishing: Home to three world-renowned fly-fishing streams - Yellow Breeches Creek, LeTort Spring Run, and Big Spring Creek Greenway.
- Boating: Susquehanna River Trail, Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail, Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail, Laurel Lake & Children's Lake
- Birding: Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch averages about 19,000 migrating raptors a year. It's one of the best places in Pennsylvania to see golden eagles.
How do I get to Cumberland Valley?
Here are different transportation options:
- Amtrak (Harrisburg Transportation Center) in Harrisburg, PA: 30 minutes
- Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Harrisburg, PA: 40 minutes
- Baltimore Washington International (BWI) in Baltimore, MD: 2 hours
- Lehigh Valley International (ABE) in Allentown, PA: 2 hours
- Philadelphia International (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA: 2 ½ hours
- Megabus Service in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh & State College to Harrisburg, PA: 30 minutes
- Greyhound Bus Terminal in Harrisburg: 30 minutes
Once I'm here how do I get around?
View Getting Here & Around for more details.
- On Foot: Many of our downtowns have walkable shopping districts. Self-guided walking tours are available online and in print at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center in downtown Carlisle.
- Bike: Most of our downtowns are bike friendly. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is a great spot for a leisurely ride.
- Bus: The Harrisburg-based Capital Area Transit (CAT) operates a public bus service in Cumberland and Dauphin counties. CAT service extends from Shippensburg in the western part of the county, to Enola and the Defense Distribution Region East in Fairview Township. CAT also provides transportation to Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, the Amtrak station in Harrisburg and Capitol Trailways and Greyhound bus terminals. When you board the bus, you must have exact fare if paying cash. Buses do not run on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas and when a Sunday holiday is celebrated on a Monday. Express buses do not run when state and federal offices are closed.