March 22, 2019
Calling all nature lovers! Are you looking for scenic hiking trails and bountiful fishing spots for your next Pennsylvania trip? The Nolde Forest State Park is the place for you. This wonderful park is only a 30-minute drive from Historic Smithton Inn and encompasses 665 acres of lush woodlands, gorgeous plantations, beautiful streams, and serene ponds. Read on to learn more about what you can do at the Nolde Forest State Park and start planning your visit today! Make sure you download our free Vacation Guide, too. It has recommendations for local restaurants, events, shops, museums, and more outdoor adventures!
Nolde Forest State Park is a lovely outdoor destination near our inn. It was named after the property’s former owner, Jacob Nolde, an environmentalist and hosiery baron who immigrated to the United States from Germany. Nolde purchased the land when only a single white pine was growing upon it; by 1910, he had planted nearly 500,000 coniferous trees! Then, in the late 1960s, the forest was acquired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and an Environmental Education Center was established.
During your visit, stop by the Nolde Forest State Park Environmental Education Center and partake in one of their amazing nature programs. It’s a great way to learn more about the park’s ecosystem!
One of the best things to do at the Nolde State Park is exploring the gorgeous Pennsylvania hiking trails! Put on your hiking shoes and grab your backpack, because you’re in for a treat! The park’s trails vary from short, easy strolls to more intense hikes. To decide which one you want to tackle, grab a map from the Visitor Center and start your journey.
If you are an avid hiker, the Boulevard Trail is ideal. It’s the longest route in the park and begins and ends at Nolde Mansion. You can even walk through a beautiful conifer plantation if you take Kissinger Road or Middle Road! Both are easy to hike (less than a mile) and run through the plantation. For a scenic creek hike, follow the Watershed Trail.
Do you prefer fishing over hiking? No problem! Angelica Creek is a popular fishing spot for trout. Make sure you meet the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission requirements before you plan your fishing outing. Once you’ve doubled checked that you comply, cast your line in this stunning setting. We recommend bringing a picnic lunch with you so that you don’t have to leave the park in the middle of the day.
Even the strongest outdoor enthusiasts need a break after enjoying all the fun activities at Nolde Forest State Park! The Historic Smithton Inn is the perfect Pennsylvania escape for guests seeking comfort and elegance. Our charming B&B offers beautiful decor and modern amenities; you’ll love every minute of your stay.
Book one of our Garden View Rooms! You can choose between the romantic Red Rose Room, soothing Sage Room, or the spacious Crimson Dove Suite. Then, prepare for your next hike or fishing adventure with our delicious, homemade breakfast. It includes fresh fruit, inn-baked muffins and bread, our signature homemade granola, and a hot entree! We are proud to use local ingredients from Lancaster County farmers. Our breakfast is so good, you’ll wish it were morning all day long!