North of Harrisburg near Millersburg, Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art features approximately 10 miles of trails that vary from .3 miles to 1.5 miles. The trails wind through 500 acres of mature hardwood forest and sprawling meadowlands. Some trails are also ideal for biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. After a hike, visit their art gallery featuring the nature-inspired works of its namesake, the late Ned Smith.
The Berry Mountain Trail is one of the longer individual hikes within the Ned Smith Center trail system at 1.5 miles. It can be accessed via a separate (non-Ned Smith Center) parking area on Berry Mountain Road as well as via several of the trail heads near the center. If you start at Berry Mountain, you begin your hike downward. From this separate entrance, you have the option of an out and back hike of about 3 miles, or you can incorporate other trails within the system to extend the loop. If you begin at Ned Smith, you begin at the lower elevation and make your way up the mountain. The detailed trail map will allow you to map out your desired loop and length.
The change in elevation from the entrance at the Ned Smith Center to the top of Berry’s Mountain offer several breathtaking views. Aside from the wildflowers and the constant beauty of the forested areas, hikers can stop for scenic views of the Susquehanna River flowing past the towns of Millersburg and Halifax.
The Ned Smith Center is accessed through a single parking lot located at 176 Water Company Road Millersburg, PA 17061.
From US 322, take the Peter's Mountain Rd (SR 225) exit. West along the Susquehanna River. At Dauphin you can take Route 225 toward Halifax.
At Halifax, Route 225 intersects with SR 147. Follow Route 147 North through Halifax. Millersburg is about 8 miles ahead. Right before entering Millersburg, you will see a large “Welcome to Millersburg” sign. At the top of the hill at the square, take a Right onto SR 209 North. Follow Rt 209 about a mile and a half. Turn right onto Water Company Road. The Center entrance is down the hill on the right.
Tip: It is strongly advised that anyone using the trails during hunting season wear orange. Orange vests are available for loan from the gift shop during open hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Public hunting is allowed on the Center’s lands in the areas south of the Rail Trail to the top of Berry’s Mountain. Public hunting is NOT PERMITTED on Ned Smith Center lands from the Rail Trail north to Route 209.