Top 10 Hikes in Cumberland Valley

Appalachian Trail

Cumberland Valley makes your Weekend Easy with an abundance of hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities  Unwind with a leisurely stroll or challenge yourself with a vigorous climb. Our top 10 trails promise you a relaxing respite filled with natural beauty that is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged. The hardest part will be returning home.

Experience the Appalachian Trail

Experience the Appalachian Trail

1. Appalachian Trail

  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Length: 46 Miles in Cumberland Valley
  • Highlights: Cumberland Valley is home to the midway point of the 2,189-mile A.T. Easy access points and ample parking allow for multiple day hiking opportunities and experiences.

2. Pole Steeple Trail

  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Length: 0.75 Mile
  • Highlights: Steep and rewarding hike that leads to a quartzite outcrop with views of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

3. Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 11 Miles
  • Highlights: Hike, bike or horseback ride on this 11-mile rail trail connecting Newville and Shippensburg.

4. Flat Rock Trail Along the Tuscarora Trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Length: 2.5 Miles
  • Highlights: This rugged hike leads to a 180-degree view of the Valley.

5. Kings Gap Trail Network

  • Difficulty: All Levels
  • Length: 20 Miles of Trails
  • Highlights: Kings Gap features 20 miles of trails ranging in difficulty and length for all types of hikers.

6. Mount Holly Marsh Preserve Trail Network

  • Difficulty: All Levels
  • Length: 7 Miles
  • Highlights: Hike the 7 miles of various trails in this 913-acre nature preserve.

7. LeTort Spring Run & Nature Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 2 Miles
  • Highlights: Scenic nature trail surrounding the famous LeTort Spring Run fly-fishing stream.

8. Sunset Rocks Trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Length: 8.3 Miles
  • Highlights: Very popular and steep trail that leads to beautiful views of the Valley.

9. Army Heritage Trail

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Length: 1 mile
  • Highlights: Leisurely one-mile outdoor trail with full-scale military exhibits, located at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center.

10. Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: Less than 1 Mile
  • Highlights: Enjoy a short hike up to the 125-acre hawk watching rock outcrop.
Experience the A.T. in Boiling Springs

Boiling Springs, an official Appalachian Trail Community, is home to the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). Stop by for trail maps, day trip suggestions, and free parking permits. This town offers the beautiful Children's Lake, the pre-Revolutionary War Carlisle Iron Works Furnace, and dining options including the quaint Caffe 101 and the historic Boiling Springs Tavern.

Hike the A.T. by following blazes across Bucher Hill Road, along the famous fly-fishing stream Yellow Breeches Creek, then along Children's Lake. Continue past the gazebo to the ATC. You can also head south on the A.T., crossing a beautiful historic stone bridge, zig zagging through farm fields & taking a steady climb up South Mountain to Center Point Knob.

Experience the A.T. in Pine Grove Furnace State Park

In addition to hiking the A.T., you'll also find a ton of unique experiences to explore at the award-winning Pine Grove Furnace State Park