Top 10 Reasons to Experience Cumberland Valley’s Outdoor Scene this Summer

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and take to Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania this summer. As the temperature continues to rise and the sun continues to shine, there’s no better place to be than the great outdoors. Cumberland Valley, which is located at the midway point of the Appalachian Trail, offers plenty of outdoor activities to get you out and enjoying the fresh air.

Just a three-hours drive or less from major cities such as Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, Cumberland Valley is the perfect getaway spot. Download the visitors’ guide to enjoy summer outdoors in Cumberland Valley, and read on to learn the valley’s Top Outdoor Activities.  

Enjoy the sunset after a long hike | There’s nothing more rewarding after a long hike than to see a picturesque sunset. Head out on the Appalachian Trail, one of the top hiking trails in the U.S. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try the Kings Gap Trail Network or the steep Sunset Rocks Trail that leads to incredible views of the Valley. 

Play a round of golf | Take advantage of a nice sunny afternoon and head out on the green. Cumberland Valley is home to nine challenging golf courses, allowing you to enjoy a new experience each time you play. 

Experience the river trails on a kayak | Take a day off from hiking on land to experience new trails out on the water. Cumberland Valley is home to river trails, lakes and creeks that are perfect for kayaking. Head out on the Susquehanna River, one of the oldest rivers in the world, and take in all of the beautiful surrounding views. Rent a kayak or canoe on-site and experience popular Laurel Lake at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. 

Take a break to watch your favorite birds | There are plenty of opportunities for good bird watching in Cumberland Valley. Head to Children’s Lake and witness graceful swans swimming in the water. Keep your eyes up to see migrating hawks at Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch. A great summer hotspot for birds is Colonel Denning State Park, which is home to various types of birds, ranging from woodpeckers to owls. 

Taste the local cuisine on an outdoor deck or patio | Cumberland Valley’s restaurants have an international flair. Enjoy Thai, Italian, British, Japanese and Mexican cuisine and sample local beers from our breweries. Satisfy your taste buds while enjoying the warmer weather, thanks to the many restaurants that feature waterfront decks or outdoor seating. From seafood to steak, there are plenty of options sure to fill you up throughout your stay.

Check out the local farm attractions | Cumberland Valley is big in agriculture, but unlike other farm regions, it contains unique attractions that are sure to make your visit even more memorable. If you’re hungry, hit up the 60,000 sq. ft West Shore Farmer’s Market to taste the fresh-grown, delicious fruits and vegetables. Next, spend an afternoon at Meadowbrooke Gourds, the largest gourd-crafting facility in the world. 

Learn fascinating facts on the educational trails | The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and Army Heritage Trail combine learning with fun outdoor activities. Walk, bike or ride your horse on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and discover the Valley’s role in the Civil War on the way. From local perspectives on the Civil War to life-sized exhibits from major American conflicts, The Army Heritage Trail features full scale exhibits on the history of the U.S. Army and the interactive, indoor U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center are both free to visit. 

Cool off in the water by going fly fishing | If fishing is one of your favorite activities, try fly fishing and enjoy a whole new experience. Big Spring Creek Greenway and Yellow Breeches are both popular hot spots in the summer. If you’re looking for a challenge, try LeTort Springs, which is full of reeds and wily trout.

Take in the beautiful views on a bike | Ride through downtown Carlisle to see historical settings and monuments. Or take the back roads on the Carlisle to Opossum Lake Loop route, where there are serene views and good climbs. 

Walk the vineyards | Cumberland Valley is surrounded by some of the best wineries in Pennsylvania. Take an afternoon to tour the vineyards and sample the wine. Farm wineries that overlook the Valley provide the perfect setting to enjoy your favorite drink. 

It’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Request your Cumberland Valley Visitors Guide today

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