Central PA Hiking Trails

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Spring is finally here and the weather is perfect for going outside and getting some exercise. It’s even more important for our physical and mental health during these unprecedented times of social distancing. While it’s imperative to avoid large groups, it’s still safe to go outside. We are lucky to live in an area with the Appalachian Trail in our backyards and easy access to some of the most beautiful trails in the state. Here’s a list of local trails that range in difficulty for everyone from beginners to experienced hikers. 

1. Wildwood Park – Towpath Trail. This intermediate trail is 2.2 miles long and follows the edge of Wildwood lake in Harrisburg. With it’s close proximity to HACC campus, it’s a popular choice for local college students. 

2. Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area. This state park spans over 1,000 acres and has a wonderful 4.8 mile intermediate trail with stunning views over the Susquehanna Valley.

3. Darlington Trail in Marysville is a 7.9 mile trail that is recommended for experienced hikers due to its difficulty. The trail intersects with the Tuscarora Trail and the Appalachian Trail. 

4. LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail is an easy, picturesque trail in Carlisle. It is a great hike for the whole family.

5. White Rock Trail in Boiling Springs is a relatively easy trail located in the community of White Rock Acres, perched on top of South Mountain. This hike provides spectacular views and plenty of flora and fauna along the way. 

6. Lakeside Trail at Gifford Pinchot State Park is an 8.6 mile intermediate trail that follows the edge of Pinchot Lake. You’ll find plenty lake access points along the way if you want to dip your toes in the water. 

Take advantage of the mild weather and sunny days and get outside. Reconnect with nature, view wildlife and get plenty of sunshine. These trails are sure to be a hit for everyone!