Scenic Summer Hiking Trails In Lancaster County

June 1, 2015

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There’s nothing like feeling the sun beaming through the treetops as you’re taking in all that nature has to offer. Lancaster County has plenty of parks and trails to help you get a healthful dose of nature’s beauty—and many of them are an easy drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Explore Lancaster County Rail Trails

Major Richard D. Winters Memorial Trail (formerly known as Ephrata Linear Park) is a mere half
mile away from our inn. If you’re looking for a short stroll to get your day started, this mile-long trail may be just what you’re looking for. If you’d like to add an extra mile to your morning exercise, consider beginning your walk at the Smithton. Round trip is equal to three miles.

The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail is 14.5 miles long and leads you along the old Cornwall-Lebanon Railroad. While biking or hiking this trail, you can take in both the Pennsylvania Dutch Country farmland and the forestry. Lebanon Valley Rail Trail stretches from Colebrook and through Mt. Gretna, Cornwall, and Lebanon.

Close to three miles long, the Lititz-Warwick Trailway was built along an abandoned corridor of the Reading Railroad. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or biking, this trail is perfect for taking in both the rural and urban areas of Lititz. History buffs may be particularly interested in the two 18th Century homes along the trail, as well.

Journey Along Lancaster County’s Rugged Hiking Terrain

Split into four sections, the Conestoga Trail covers a gorgeous wooded area Lancaster County. Section A of the trail is closest to the Historic Smithton Inn and has a beautiful overlook that will make you appreciate the stillness of nature.

The Mason-Dixon Shuttle is a five-mile long shuttle hike where you can connect with some of the most beautiful scenic views and streams with bits of American history scattered throughout. The full Mason Dixon Trail stretches from the Brandywine Trail in Chester County into Havre de Grace, Maryland, and back through Pennsylvania along the River Hills of the west shore along the Susquehanna River.

Susquehannock State Park is just south of Columbia and overlooks the Susquehanna River. This park offers over five miles of various terrains, from flat trails to inclined hikes that are sure to prove a challenge. If you’re an avid bird watcher, bring your binoculars to Susquehannock State Park because you never know what you might find. Visitors have even been known to witness bald eagle sightings. Located in Drumore Township, this park is ideal for nature lovers of all ages.

If you want a getaway within reach of beautiful outdoor destinations in Lancaster County, book your room at the Historic Smithton Inn now. I’ll be happy to share more about my favorite hiking locations and start you off with a hearty breakfast before you embark on your adventure.

By Rebecca Gallagher

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