With spring on the way and a greater desire to get outside now more than ever, it’s time to break out your hiking boots and explore Central Pennsylvania. Here are five hiking spots you’re going to want to check out this spring.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Ricketts Glenn State Park boasts an impressive 13,000 acres. Hikers love it here because of its famous Falls Trail. This 3.5-mile hike has spectacular views of waterfalls that are visible throughout your entire journey.
Worlds End State Park
Located just South of Forksville, this park provides some of the most dramatic fall foliage in the area and provides a beautiful backdrop for hikers. In the late spring and summer months, families can bring their children here to take on the easier trails and make their way to some of the many picnic tables for a lunch break. The Loyalsock Creek, which flows through Worlds End, is also a great hiking destination and place to cool off in the summer months.
Peter’s Mountain on the Appalachian Trail
If you’re in it for the views, then this trail is perfect for you. If you choose to do the full six to seven-mile loop, views of the Susquehanna River will be well worth the reward, and you can view it from several vantage points. Because this trail is on a mountain, it may be a little more challenging for the inexperienced hiker, so don’t forget you hiking boots!
Mill Creek Falls and Lock 12
If after hiking at Ricketts Glen you haven’t gotten your fill of waterfalls, there’s more to see on this hike located on the Mason-Dixon Trail. Stunning waterfalls can be found by following the Susquehanna River and exploring the Lock 12 Historic Area. Here you’ll also be able to get a bit of history when you walk through the ruins of an old mill. After a short mile of hiking, you’ll come along the falls and you can follow the trail for another half mile. This short trail is great for families and for making new memories.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
If you plan on hiking with children, then this trail is perfect for you. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is educational and fun for kids. There’s lots of different species to spot and adults can even get in on the action by educating themselves about the migratory patterns of birds in this area. If you hike Lookout Trail, you’ll wind up at the North Lookout which has great views. Other longer trails are available for older children, teenagers or adults that can handle a longer trek.
If you need a place to rest your head (and legs!) after a long day of hiking consider the Eagles Mere Inn. The Eagles Mere Inn has 17 uniquely themed, cozy rooms designed to mirror the country life that surrounds them. It’s the perfect place to spend the night after trekking through Central Pennsylvania and it’s located in the heart of this region, near all the exciting hikes listed above. For more information, visit eaglesmereinn.com.