This moderately difficult hike along the Appalachian Trail offers an incredible scenic payoff from the summit! Enjoy the wildflowers along the way with fellow day hikers and those through hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Spectacularly located on a bluff overlooking the Susquehanna and Blue Mountain region, Fort Hunter Park includes walking trails, two picnic pavilions, and river overlooks with seating allowing guests to enjoy the scenic view. The park offers a variety of programs and festivals throughout the year, and the mansion is open seasonally for guided tours.
In this city park located in Uptown Harrisburg, the lake is surrounded by antique-style streetlights, textured walkways, and formal gardens maintained in the Italian Renaissance-style. It’s a beautiful setting for a mid-day stroll or picnic.
This park serves as the trailhead for a variety of hiking trails in the Tuscarora State Forest, and provides seasonal trout fishing and picnicking with picnic tables and a limited number of grills in a wooded setting. A picnic pavilion can also be reserved in advance, or is free on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Get your trek on and your heart rate up at these parks and trails!
Hike the trails and fish and boat in the large lake at Little Buffalo State Park. In the summer, there is also a pool for swimming and splashing. Additionally, the park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation programs throughout the year.
Tucked away on the outskirts of Harrisburg, Wildwood Park provides wooded trails and a boardwalk for running, walking and biking. While there, be sure to check out the adjacent Olewine Nature Center to learn all about the plants and animals you may spot on the trails.
This park offers 400 acres and 7 miles of trails winding through various habitats. Deer are frequently seen, as well as a wide variety of birds including turkey, hawks, woodpeckers, and bluebirds.
Nurture a love of nature and fun by checking out these parks with your kids!
Located in Hershey, Shank Park is a great family location with a playground, swings, pavilions and barbeque grills. The park provides numerous fields for team sports and also offers a Disc Golf course. Head down the adjacent, shaded Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail to Bullfrog Valley Pond to check out the ducks and other water birds.
For younger children, this popular Hershey playground and recreational park features a sprawling “castle” with play features made from modern playground materials, as well as a picnicking area. It’s perfect for young kids who want to explore, climb and swing.
The arts and the natural world come together at the Ned Smith Center featuring the works of its namesake naturalist, artist and writer. The surrounding land and trails offer many opportunities for natural discovery and play including a giant tree fort, climbing wall, sensory pathway, a water feature and more!
For older children interested in learning about nature, check out this conservation area, habitat of numerous species of large trees in the Blue Mountain area. Ideal for bird watching, these trees are home to many deep forest birds, especially warblers. During the summer and fall, the old field area of the park attracts field birds and many varieties of butterflies.