RECONNECT - Outdoors

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Find yourself closer to nature and the one you're hiking with by exploring the rich landscape of the beautiful Cumberland Valley. The collection of picturesque trails will lead you to overlooks, pretty parks and historic sites. Without the distractions of buzzing electronics and mundane to-do lists, we invite you to reconnect and find your passion in Cumberland Valley.

Hiking & Biking

Take on 46 miles of the famed 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail. AT journeys in Cumberland Valley include the midway point of the trail, the only museum in the country dedicated to hiking, the designated AT community of Boiling Springs, a hiker hostel and more. Our portion of the AT offers easy-access points and convenient parking, making it perfect for day hikes.

Hiking options don't end with the AT. Find more great hiking hotspots by viewing our Top 10 Hikes list or the Day Hike Sampler trip idea. Valley hiking opportunities range in length, difficulty and terrain. If you're looking for a rewarding hike with a view try Pole Steeple or Flat Rock trails.

Bring the bikes and explore miles of trails including the 11-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail or trails through Michaux State Forest. You can even explore bike-friendly downtown Carlisle by following the pedestrian and bike map. The Valley offers 17 other bike routes that lead you through our charming towns and backroads. Each comes with cue sheets and directions.

Water Trails & Fly-Fishing

The Valley offers a collection of water trails and boating locations. Get out on the water and kayak along the Yellow Breeches CreekConodoguinet Creek or the Susquehanna River.

This area is also a fly-fisher's paradise with some of the world's most sought after fly-fishing hotspots. Fly-fishers from all over travel to our waters to fish at the Yellow BreechesLeTort Spring Run and Big Spring Creek Greenway.

Bird-Watching

Bird-watchers love the Valley because there are many great locations and outcrops to see and hear a variety of birdsWaggoner's Gap Hawk Watch is a must-see and is one of the best sites along the Kittatinny Ridge, in the East to see Golden Eagles, and in PA to watch the fall hawk migration.

Make it a Weekend

When you're ready to relax from all this outdoor adventure, unwind with a cruise along the sparkling Susquehanna River, sip PA exclusive wines at a local wine shop or enjoy craft brews and handmade crafts.

Plan your outdoor adventure to include a unique event happening in Cumberland Valley. Our collection of group hikes, music events and food festivals are the perfect complement to your outdoor getaway. View the full calendar here.

Cumberland Valley's dining options include over 30 restaurants in downtown Carlislesteak and seafood optionswaterfront hotspots, and favorites in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill & the West Shore. You can also sort and browse all restaurant locations and types here.

Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania's convenient location, just two hours west of Philadelphia and two hours north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., makes getting here a breeze. Enjoy a walk around one of our charming downtowns including historic Carlislequaint Boiling Springs and quirky Mechanicsburg.

With all these great things to explore in Cumberland Valley, you'll want to stay the whole weekend. Lodging choices range from downtown hotels to charming bed and breakfasts. Find all your lodging options here.