What’s better than beer?

How about beer paired with scenic hiking trails, cool downtowns, unique shops, tons of dining options and seasonal events? Cumberland Valley is bursting with craft beverages and weekend adventures where you can binge-watch sunsets, discover your new favorite brewery and fit enough fun into a two-day weekend that it feels like three. Check in to win prizes and be sure to check back in April 2023 for a new passport.

Click here to see participating locations!

Cumberland Valley Beer Trail 2022

  • Mobile exclusive
  • Instantly delivered via text and email
  • No apps to download
  • Earn prizes at 5 and 15 check-ins

How this Pass Works

Step 1 - Get Your Pass

This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries for you to visit, check-in and enjoy.

Step 2 - Receive Text

Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.

Step 3 - Check-In

When visiting a participating business, open the pass, find the business, click check-in and follow the prompt.

Participating Locations

See locations on an interactive map.

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Al's Of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing Co
PIZZA. BEER. HAPPY. 
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Appalachian Brewing Company - Harrisburg
This three-story brick building is Appalachian Brewing Company's original location. The dining room offers a view of the brewery system with innovative cuisine and on-site brewed beers.
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Appalachian Brewing Company - Mechanicsburg
ABC of Mechanicsburg offers more than 20 craft beers, elevated brewpub cuisine and an outdoor beergarden.
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Appalachian Brewing Company - Shippensburg
One of three ABC locations on the Beer Trail, the Shippensburg location features 14 beers on tap, elevated brewpub cuisine and a seasonal roof-top deck.
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Back Porch Brewing inc
We’re still brewing on our back porch, but we’ll be opening a brewery in Downtown Carlisle this November.
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Big Bottom Brewery / Al’s Of Dillsburg
We are a small batch nano-brewery that specializes in great tasting beer. We have 10 of our beers and 30 others from across the county.
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Big Hill Ciderworks
Come out and enjoy your cider right in the orchard where the apples were grown. Featuring live music and rotating food trucks every weekend, 10 ciders on draft with 2 rotating PA beers on draft and more. We're family and dog friendly and while you're out this way, enjoy a hike, bike ride, or run in Michaux State Forest!
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Brewhouse Grille
The Brewhouse Grille has a large draft beer selection, a menu that goes beyond typical "bar food," and an easy-going atmosphere where everyone is considered a friend. Come warmer weather, you won't want to miss spending a summer evening with friends and family on the open deck and bar.

A sister restaurant to Ever Grain Brewing Co., you'll find a selection of draft and canned Ever Grain beers available.
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Burd's Nest Brewing Company
A light, fun neighborhood brewery conveniently located in downtown Carlisle. Visit for ten rotating drafts, PA wine, ciders & spirits, a 100" TV, board games, local art, open mic night and live music. We also have free food with every new beer release.
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Desperate Times Brewery
Fun, family, dog-friendly brewery. We serve 12 beers on-tap (many award-winning), wine, distilled PA spirits and PA ciders, plus a full menu. We have a great outdoor Biergarten.
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Ever Grain Brewing Co.
Come enjoy our beer from the source pouring from our 75 foot long bar or catch some sun in the outdoor beer garden. Grab a bite to eat - our rotating seasonal menu features items from our very own local farm.
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Grand Illusion Hard Cider
The most magical cider and wine bar in the world - 15 PA ciders, 7 meads, 5 beers, 7 wines and 4 non-alcoholic craft sodas, all on draft. Creative food menu with Gluten Free options and a house magician who does table magic Mondays 6-8pm.
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Grateful Goat Brewing & Provisions
Locally-owned Grateful Goat Brewing & Provisions is a pub and tavern with an on-site brewery offering tavern-style bar dining as well as a polished casual dining room. Our menu is created by our in-house chef and showcases made-to-order dishes prepared using fresh, locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients.
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Hemauer Brewing Co.
At Heamauer Brewing Co we pride ourselves on creating traditional and not-so-traditional styles, while offering them in a relaxing and intimate setting.
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Hook & Flask Still Works
Local grain-to-grass craft distillery located in Carlisle, PA. We are the first distillery in Carlisle since prohobition. Enjoy craft cocktails, food and live music Friday and Saturday nights.
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Isaac's Brewhouse - Mechanicsburg
Isaac's has been using the best ingredients to handcraft our sandwiches, soups, deli salads and fresh green salads for the past 38 years. We've expanded that tradition to include brewing a variety great-tasting beers at our Downtown Lancaster brewery that are on tap at our Mechanicsburg Isaac's Brewhouse. We also have a cocktail list featuring PA distilled spirits and Waltz Vineyard Wines.
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What's Included

  • 15% Off Food Purchase
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Lovedraft's Brewing Co
Hand craft beers created by Brewmaster Terry Hawbaker. A smokehouse menu in an alternative environment. All housed in an ever evolving live music venue.
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Market Cross Pub & Brewery
Market Cross Pub & Brewery offers lunch and dinner daily with a full bar including craft beers, imports and fresh beer from the on-site Brewery. Market Cross Brewery houses a 10 BBL Peter Austin system that rotates 2-3 on tap at a time.

What's Included

  • 20% Off Food Purchase
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Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Co.
Since 2003, Marzoni's has been proudly specializing in hand-made brick oven pizzas, Italian-American cuisine and hand-crafted lagers and ales from our very own microbrewery. Our seven signature beers are on tap at every location also serving additional varieties of seasonal brews.
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Mellow Mink Brewing
An upscale yet relaxed modern brewery with a focus on sour beers, IPAs, stouts and a variety of classic styles.
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Millworks
The Millworks is a farm-to-table restaurant and brewery featuring three art galleries, 17 artist studios, an outdoor courtyard and rooftop biergarden.
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Molly Pitcher Brewing Company
Taproom + kitchen in the heart of downtown! 20 rotating taps, delicious food & a friendly, casusal environment.
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Seve-N-Dots Publik Pizza Place
Serving stone-baked speciality pizza featuring Dot's delicious dough and Sev's artisan homebrews for every palate. At Seve-N-Dot's we are baking pizza and having fun brewing beer for everyone!

What's Included

  • Beverage Of The Month
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SpringGate Arcona
  • Local Wine, Beer & Distilled Products
  • Events & Tastings
  • Live Music performed by local artists
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    The Vegetable Hunter - Carlisle
    A vegan café and brewery in the heart of Carlisle. Beer recipes are crafted to complement the food featured in the restaurant. The small size of the brewery allows their brewers to get creative and experiment with unique, high-quality ingredients.
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    The Watershed Pub
    The Watershed Pub features a Chesapeake-inspired menu featuring local ingredients as well as Millworks Brewery beers, cocktails and wine.
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    The Winery At The Long Shot Farm
    Family owned and operated vineyard and winery, producing estate bottled Cumberland Valley wine and fruit wines.
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    Wolf Brewing Co.
    Wolf Brewing Company's vision is to produce artfully crafted, small batch creations with distinctive elements. Wolf Brewing Co. has earned 129 awards from all 50 states with 56 different beers. In the 2021 statewide Breweries in PA Readers’ Choice Awards, Wolf Brewing Co. was awarded 3rd Place in the Best Beer Garden category, 2nd Place in the Best Taproom category, 3rd Place in the Best New Brewery category and 3rd Place in the Best Food category. Our distinctive food menu utilizes the finest and freshest local ingredients - inspired by the changing seasons and driven by the imaginations of our culinary team. Our dishes and sauces are made from scratch - and most of our meats, cheeses and produce are ethically sourced from local farms.
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    Zeroday Brewing
    Check out our brand new taproom. We serve a variety of Zeroday beers as well as delicious Mexican cuisine from our kitchen partner La Catina.

    Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail


    Cumberland Valley is a dream destination for ice cream lovers and there are plenty of places to find this cooling treat. Sign up for the free Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail and sprinkle on some fun this summer!

    Check-in to passport locations May 27, 2022 through September 6, 2022 to earn prizes.

    How this Pass Works

    Step 1 - Get Your Pass

    This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated attractions, retailers, restaurants and more and offering deals and discounts to redeem during your visit.

    Step 2 - Receive Text

    Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.

    Step 3 - Redeem

    When visiting a participating business, simply present your phone to the attendant or staff member to redeem available discounts.

    Included Venues

    See locations on an interactive map.

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    Clair's Orchard
    Family-owned fruit market featuring produce, canned and dry goods and Misty Meadow Farms ice cream. Grab a shake or fruit Slushie from the ice-cream window and enjoy at our outdoor seating area.
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    Cornerstone Coffeehouse
    We are a small coffee shop in Camp Hill celebrating over 25 years in business! We have coffee, homemade pastries, breakfast, lunch and more! We carry 8 flavors of Leiby’s and Jack & Jill ice cream. Outdoor & Indoor seating available. Come by and try our famous Espresso Milkshake!
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    Dough & Arrows
    Dough & Arrows is a delicious new take on the traditional ice cream shop. We've taken a belived favorite and made it even better by introducing other unique treats like edible cookie dough, cheesecakes, pies and more! Come visit us and experience it for yourself!
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    Goose Bros. Ice Cream
    Goose Bros. Ice Cream offers an array of hand-dipped classic, seasonal, and original flavors along with soft serve vanilla, chocolate, and twist. Batches are made fresh on site. Visitors can try a homemade waffle cone or waffle bowl, a sundae or split, a milkshake or malt, a soft serve cone or glacier. There’s something for everyone!
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    Hanna's Ice Cream Shoppe
    50's themed ice cream shop serving ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, shaved ice and more.
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    Hickory Ridge Restaurant-Creamery-Country Store-Catering
    Where homemade meets hospitality! Enjoy hand-dipped premium ice cream and Pennsylvania Slow Roast.
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    Kristy's Whistle Stop
    We are a family-owned and operated 50's style ice cream shop. We have both soft serve and hand-dipped ice cream and an abundance of toppings. We are a family fun summertime spot for food and ice cream.
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    Leo's Homemade Ice Cream
    Leo's makes their own hard ice cream in traditional and unique flavors. Open every day 12-9pm.
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    Massey's Frozen Custard
    A Carlisle staple since 1949, Massey's serves soft serve and hand-dipped frozen custard.

    What's Included

    • 20% Off Your Order
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    Oak Grove Farms, Inc
    Farm market with 16 flavors of hand dipped ice cream and 9 flavors of soft serve. We also have milkshakes and sundaes!
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    Paulus Farm Market
    Enjoy soft-serve treats at Paulus Farm! Floats, shakes, sundaes…featuring fresh seasonal fruit sundaes.
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    Rakestraw's Ice Cream
    Old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
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    Shirley Rae's Ice Cream
    Shirley Rae’s has 16 premium hand dipped ice cream flavors including a vegan option and doggie ice cream that you and your pet can enjoy on our patio. We offer old fashion milkshakes, malts, floats and specialty sundaes in a fun atmosphere. Try one of our paninis, sandwiches or salads. Open daily.
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    The Inside Scoop – Shippensburg
    Site of former Cabin on King Ice Cream Shop. Offering scoops, sundaes, milkshakes and specials.
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    Twirly Top
    Twirly Top is an iconic landmark that has been known for serving the creamiest soft ice cream since the 1950's. Complete with full grill menu, Twirly Top offers something for everyone in the group. Located at the gateway to Pine Grove Furnace State Park, which includes two recreational lakes, hiking and numerous campgrounds, a trip to Twirly Top has long been synonymous with an outdoor adventure or escape.
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    Urban Churn Ice Cream & Dessert Cafe Mechanicsburg
    Urban Churn is a locally owned Ice Cream Company that uses all-natural ingredients and local produce to churn unique ice cream flavors and create one-of-a-kind desserts. As a small company, we strive to provide high quality products while fostering personal connections and transparency with our clientelle. We like to think of ourselves as a neighborhood ice cream shop.
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    Yum Yum Mini Pancake Bar & More
    Sweet and savory treats for all ages!

    Celebrate the Beauty and Bounty of Fall


    Celebrate fall in Cumberland Valley with bright colors, cool weather, and activities ideal for couples or families. Here you'll find hiking trails and scenic overlooks brimming with dazzling reds and stunning yellows; a bounty of apples, pumpkins, and more at our farm markets; and seasonal family-friendly activities including hayrides and corn mazes. Enjoy a picture-perfect getaway as you check in at participating locations on our Fall Fun Trail and earn prizes.

    When visiting participating locations, simply make sure your location services is turned on to check-in via GPS and count towards your prize! Some trails have specific check-in locations (noted in the address), but we hope you enjoy all the trails have to offer.

    Although the Valley’s trails can be enjoyed any day of the year, please check the dates and hours of the Farm Fun Attractions before visiting. Activities like U-Picks are dependent on weather and growing conditions, and start dates are not yet firm due to these factors.

    2022 Cumberland Valley Fall Fun Trail

    • Mobile exclusive
    • Instantly delivered via text and email
    • No apps to download
    • Earn prizes with 5 and 10 check-ins

    How this Pass Works

    Step 1 - Get Your Pass

    This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of fall fun locations throughout Cumberland Valley.

    Step 2 - Receive Text

    Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.

    Step 3 - Redeem

    When visiting a participating location, simply make sure your location services is turned on to check-in via GPS and count towards your prize!

    Included Venues

    See locations on an interactive map.

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    Fall Foliage Driving Tour
    Scenic Driving


    Find ten Instagram-worthy locations on this fall foliage driving tour. The route creates a loop around the county that covers 102 miles of scenic roads brimming with beautiful colors. The best time for high color is mid-to-late-October. Even better, 7 of the 10 stops are also part of the Cumberland Valley Fall Fun Trail. So be sure to check in at participating locations and earn prizes.
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    Appalachian Trail
    Hiking

    46 miles of the iconic Appalachian Trail meander through Cumberland Valley, including a 13-mile section that is the longest, lowest and flattest section on the entire trail. There are 15 parking locations throughout the Valley that allow easy access for a short day hike – from Shippensburg to just north of Carlisle. At any one of those locations, you’ll glimpse the multi-colored hues of the surrounding trees.

    For views of the Cumberland Valley from the Blue Mountain, hike the Appalachian Trail to the Cumberland Valley Overlook. This hike starts on a wide, mostly-even path with lush foliage. About 1.5-miles in, you begin your ascent to the overlook with subtle-to-steep inclines via a series of switchbacks. A rock-bench is located at the overlook so you can relax and take in the view. The pull-off for parking is located at 250 Sherwood Drive in Carlisle (roughly .3 miles off of Bernheisel Bridge Rd). If putting this address in GoogleMaps, please be sure to use the 17015 zip code (rather than 17013) or it will take you to the wrong address. Or, you can use the coordinates of 40.273965 -77.099416 instead. Go north on the AT and climb Blue Mountain to the overlook.

    There is limited parking in the trail lot. If parking is unavailable, please try again later. Do not park on the road or on private property.
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    Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses
    Fall Fun Area | Corn Maze | Classes

    Fall Fun Activities take place October 1-30, 2022, but Ashcombe’s greenhouse, store and restaurant have regular hours during the entirety of the Fall Fun Trail.

    Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses has always offered fall fun on the farm with our Fall Harvest event. This year, in celebration of our 60th anniversary in business, we are offering our Fall Harvest field events, corn maze, and games FREE OF CHARGE!

    Beginning October 1st, Fall Harvest will be open 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sundays. Visit with your family for free! Enjoy fall-inspired games, a hay playground, corn crib, and a corn maze! On weekends in October our snack shack will be open from 11am to 2pm offering delicious snacks and treats for our friends in the field! Pumpkins will be available for purchase during the weekends as well.

    Scarecrow making will be available on October 8th, 9th, and 10th. There is a fee associated with scarecrow making; $20 if you’re using all our materials, $15 if you bring your own clothes for your scarecrow.

    Be sure to check out all our classes throughout the fall season on our website Ashcombe.com/events!

    We are so excited to offer our Fall Harvest for free this year and can’t wait to see you on the farm this fall! For more information on Fall Harvest visit us online at Ashcombe.com, on Facebook and Instagram, and now on TikTok!
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    Carwood Farm
    U-Pick Pumpkins

    Fall Fun Activities take place October 1-31, 2022. This location is not open to the general public outside of these dates.

    While primarily focused on raising quality, healthy beef for families in our local community, in addition to supplying beef to local restaurants One13 Social Club and Sage Café in Carlisle, you’ll also enjoy the Carwood Farm pick-your-own pumpkin patch open daily October 1-31.
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    Childrens Lake
    Hiking | Birding

    Stroll around this seven-acre man-made lake surrounded by trees and enjoy a peaceful respite while you admire the lovely historic buildings of the charming village of Boiling Springs. Note: Construction and lake draining for a repair project at Children's Lake may result in limited access to sections of the lake beginning in mid-September.

    Hiking: The Appalachian Trail runs along Children's Lake. Follow the white blazes past the historic Iron Furnace, through farm fields, and up South Mountain. After a gradual climb, you'll reach Center Point Knob, the original center point of the Appalachian Trail.

    Birding: Resident ducks, geese, and a few Mute Swans, make the lake their home throughout the year. Also watch for the occasional Osprey, Common Loon, and Bald Eagle. In the woodlands downstream, you’ll find a variety of birds including Baltimore Orioles, Belted Kingfishers, and Red-eyed Vieros.
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    Colonel Denning State Park
    Hiking | Scenic Driving | Boating | Fishing

    Surrounded by rolling mountains and away from the crowds, Colonel Denning State Park's 273 acres of woodland is the perfect place to connect with nature.

    Having trouble checking in? Take a selfie with one of the Colonel Denning State Park signs and send it to akurtz@visitcumberlandvalley.com.

    Hiking:
    Easy - Doubling Gap Nature Trail; Yellow Blazes; 1 mile loop with interpretive panels accessible from Doubling Gap Lake.
    Most Difficult - Flat Rock Trail; 2.5-mile out-and-back strenuous climb that leads to a 180-degree panoramic view of the spectacular fall foliage in Cumberland Valley. The trail is accessible from the Flat Rock Trail parking lot.

    Driving: As you drive through the surrounding Tuscarora State Forest and the rolling farmlands near Newville on PA 233, you’ll be treated to scenic views and dazzling fall colors.

    Boating: Take in the view from 3.5-acre Doubling Gap Lake. Non-motorized canoes and kayaks with Pennsylvania launch permits may be used and must be carried in from the nearby parking lot and launched in the designated launch area located at the west end of the beach.

    Fishing: Cast a line for trout in Doubling Gap Lake. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is by the dam. Anglers must have a Pennsylvania fishing license.

    Other: Picnic areas are available in the park, making it a good location to enjoy a packed lunch or snack.
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    Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
    Hiking | Birding

    Hike, bike, walk, or horseback ride on the 13-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail that follows the abandoned Cumberland Valley Railroad corridor from Shippensburg to Newville. The easy hike on the flat crushed limestone surface provides visitors with a quiet oasis awash in color. Along the way, enjoy interpretative waypoint signs explaining the agricultural and Civil War heritage along the trail. The trail can be accessed from 5 different trailheads.

    Trail Entrances: (1) 23 McFarland Street, Newville (accessible restrooms, accessible parking, one mile of flat accessible trail, playground, vending machine & bike repair station); (2) 401 Oakville Road, Shippensburg (restrooms are located at the North Newton Township Park, 1/4 mile northwest of the trail on Oakville Road, parking at trail); (3) Shippensburg Township Park, 304 Britton Road (restrooms and parking); (4) Shippensburg Station, 51 E. Fort Street (restrooms and parking); (5) Allen Road, 200 Allen Rd, Carlisle (only one mile of trail available at this trailhead, parking at borough water tower, access rail trail via borough’s west end trail).

    Birding: This corridor of woods and shrubs, adjacent to farms and grassland, provides habitat for dense populations of bird species including the Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Meadowlark, and the Great Horned Owl. Grassland species, such as the Horned Lark, can be observed in the Oakville area.

    Other: Don’t miss the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum located at the Shippensburg Station Trailhead.
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    Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
    Hiking | Scenic Driving | Birding

    25 miles of trails meander through 2,531 acres of mountainous terrain at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, offering opportunities for hiking, birding, and reconnecting with nature. The change in elevation from the bottom to the top of the mountain provides two distinct forest habitats resulting in brilliant fall colors. On the lower slopes of South Mountain, you’ll find white oak, red oak, tulip trees, and sparse undergrowth. The dry ridge tops are home to chestnut oak trees, with an understory of mountain laurel, blueberry, and black huckleberry.

    Hiking:
    Easy – The Forest Pools Trail is a 1.2-mile loop trail traveling through mixed forest past several vernal ponds. The trail is located in the Pine Plantation Area at the foot of the park.

    Moderate - The 2.5-mile linear Scenic Vista Trail has a magnificent view of Michaux State Forest. Benches are strategically placed for you to take in the peace and quiet. (TIP: For a shorter hike, park at the Kings Gap Hollow Area. The Scenic Vista Trailhead is located next to the pavilion and is 1 mile to the overlook.)

    Driving: While you are driving the 4-mile winding mountain road to the top of Kings Gap, stop at the pull-offs for fantastic views of the Valley’s intense fall colors. Then, at the top of the mountain, you will find a stunning vista from the back porch of the 32-room, Italian villa-style mansion. Before or after your visit, be sure to stop at the Kings Gap General Store across from the park’s entrance to refuel with ice cream or other treats.

    Birding: The two distinct forest habitats are home to a variety of bird species like scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles, vireos, pileated woodpeckers, brown creepers, and more.

    Other: Located at the top of the mountain, across from the Mansion, the peaceful setting and vibrancy of its colorful blooms create a garden to be experienced and enjoyed in all seasons. Surrounded by a low stone wall, the area is divided into three sections: a herb garden, a wildlife habitat garden featuring native plants, and a compost demonstration garden.

    Events: Yoga on the Terrace is an all-levels yoga class held on the Mansion terrace and offering spectacular views of the mountain. Classes are held every Sunday from 10 am to 11:15 am through October 23.
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    Maple Lane Farm
    Corn Maze | Hayrides | Niblet Patch

    Fall Fun Activities September 3-October 31, 2022.

    Purchase pumpkins and gourds, walk through a themed corn maze, and take a hayride. Little ones can explore the kiddie maze, visit the baby farm animals and will find fun kids’ activities in The Niblet Patch. The corn maze opens Labor Day weekend and is open weekends through the end of October. Check their schedule for Flashlight Corn Maze Night when you can experience the corn maze in the dark. Find details on Facebook.
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    What's Included

    • $1 Off Regular Admission Price, Per Person
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    Meadowbrooke Gourds
    Classes | U-Pick Sunflowers | Tours

    Nestled in the middle of a beautiful 200-acre farm at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Meadowbrooke Gourds is the largest gourd manufacturer in the country. Shop for fall gourd designs and the great decorations that go with them. If you’re feeling crafty there are Fall Create-Your-Own workshops on October 1, 2, 8 & 9 (pre-registration is required).

    Acres of sunflower fields bloom throughout September. Wander through the fields to pick your FREE sunflowers. (TIP: Bring your own clippers.)

    A free public tour is available Tuesdays at 2pm. The walking tour is 45 minutes long and is wheelchair friendly.

    Mark your calendar for the Sunflower Festival September 24-25, 10am-6pm.
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    What's Included

    • 25% Off One Regular Meadowbrooke Gourd
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    Mt. Airy Orchards
    Corn Maze | Wagon Rides | U-Pick Pumpkins | U-Pick Apples | Fall Fun Adventure Area

    Fall Fun Activities take place Saturdays & Sundays, September 3 – October 30, 2022, but Mt. Airy Orchards’ retail store has regular hours during the entirety of the Fall Fun Trail.

    On Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, families can roam through the five-acre corn maze, enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon ride, pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, and pick apples in the orchard. The Fall Fun Admission Area has more than 20 attractions and activities. Get your tickets here: https://mtairyorchards.ticketspice.com/fall-fun-2022
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    What's Included

    • Buy A Half Dozen Apple Cider Donuts, Get A Pint Of Apple Cider For Free.
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    Mount Holly Marsh Preserve
    Hiking | Birding | Fishing

    This 913-acre preserve along the rocky slopes of South Mountain is perfect for nature lovers and hikers. Chestnut oak, pitch pine, and an under story of low-lying blueberry bushes and mountain laurels cover the ridge top. Mountain springs located along the lower slopes flow into an open sedge meadow and marsh. Dominated by black ash, red maple, and winterberry, the marsh also channels water flowing form the upland forest into Mountain Creek at the base of the mountain.

    Hiking: The Preserve features approximately 7 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult. (TIP: At certain times, portions of the marsh preserve may be inundated with water as the area is a natural wetland. During these times, some trails may be unsuitable for hiking.)

    Easy – The Marsh Loop Trail is approximately 2.2 miles out and back and is marked by blue blazes. It is the starting point for the park’s trail network and connects with the other trails.

    Easy to Moderate – The Creek Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail and is marked with red blazes.

    Birding: Be on the lookout for great blue herons, belted kingfishers, green-backed herons, and American woodcocks.

    Fishing: Mountain Creek is stocked with trout by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. Anglers must have a Pennsylvania fishing license.

    The preserve is located approximately 1/8 mile off PA Route 34. The gravel access road follows Mountain Creek and can be rugged in nature.
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    Oak Grove Farms, Inc.
    U-Pick Pumpkins

    The pick-your-own pumpkin patch is the perfect location for family fun. Or purchase pre-picked pumpkins, mums, corn shocks, straw bales, and more at their market, where you can also find an incredible variety of fresh seasonal produce such as peppers, cabbage, beans, collards, kale, sweet corn, and more.
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    Opossum Lake
    Hiking | Birding | Fishing | Boating

    Outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts will find an idyllic paradise at the 47-acre Opossum Lake and surrounding 274-acre recreation area. Enjoy striking fall colors while hiking and birdwatching or explore the scenery from a different angle while boating or fishing.

    Hiking/Biking: The four-mile Angler’s Access Trail around the perimeter of the lake is ideal for leaf-peeping. This easy-to-moderate hike takes you through the woods and fields with glimpses of the lake never too far away. Trail users will find interpretive signage and educational kiosks along the way. Mountain biking is also allowed on the trail. There are numerous trail access points; we suggest starting in the upper parking lot.

    Birding: Opossum Lake is a birdwatcher’s paradise with more than 140 species of birds spotted in and around the lake and its adjacent habitat of fields and woodlands. Species include Eastern Meadowlark, Tundra Swan, Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Common Yellowthroat, and Blue-headed Vireo.

    Fishing: The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. All other species are catch and release. Anglers must have a Pennsylvania fishing license.

    Boating: There are three access points of which one has a surfaced launch ramp. Boating is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats. Launch permits are required.

    Other: Picnic pavilions are available.
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    Paulus Farm Market
    Fall Fun Fort | U-Pick Pumpkins | Hayrides | Pumpkin Chunkin’

    Fall Fun Activities take place October 1– 31, 2022, but Paulus Farm Market’s retail store has regular hours during the entirety of the Fall Fun Trail.

    Paulus Farm Market provides a unique open air agricultural experience that combines shopping in the market, the Cow-Lick ice cream truck and farm fun activities inside Paulus FarmPark for the whole family. Enjoy Fall at its most fun at Paulus FarmPark with daily admission 7 days a week during the month of October. Visit with all sorts of friendly farm animals: goats, cows, birds, alpaca, pigs and more. Two giant covered play spaces mean farm fun even on drizzly days. The colossal corn tent is a huge hit this time of year along with the mini corn maze, hay play areas, Dirt Diner and Combine Harvester play set. The u-pick pumpkin field is open daily during October and Fall weekends are extra special with hayrides and the popular Harvest Hiccup pumpkin chunkin’ cannon that sends pumpkins soaring through the air.

    The market features fresh, seasonal, and local foods: fruits, vegetables, honey, deli, farm raised beef, baked goods, mixes, candies, plants, and more. Fall choices include mums, decorative gourds, cornstalks, and Indian corn.
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    Pine Grove Furnace State Park
    Hiking | Scenic Driving | Boating | Fishing

    Nestled in Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park’s 696 acres offer wildlife and nature enthusiasts a variety of activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, and history. With two mountain lakes, several trails, and a scenic overlook, there are plenty of opportunities to capture the striking fall foliage of the oaks, red maples, and black birch trees populating the area.

    Having trouble checking in? Take a selfie with one of the Pine Grove Furnace State Park signs and send it to akurtz@visitcumberlandvalley.com.

    Hiking:
    Easy – The scenic Koppenhaver Trail is a 1-mile loop that crosses Tom’s Run and passes through stands of mature pines and hemlocks. The yellow-blazed trail beings at the far end of Fuller Lake behind the bathhouse. Follow the paved/gravel trail around the hill behind the bathhouse. On the left, before crossing the creek, is a grassy area. The trailhead is in the middle of the tree line parallel to the gravel path. Alternatively, there is a small parking area off Old Railroad Bed Road with a footbridge to the trail.

    Moderate – The steep, but rewarding, .75 mile ascent up Piney Mountain along Pole Steeple Trail take you to a beautiful white and maroon-colored quartzite rock outcropping where you can view the entire park and spectacular fall foliage. (TIP: There is a longer trail which heads out around the cliffs to the southside. Unlike Pole Steeple Trail, you won’t have to climb any rocks.) Access the trail from the Pole Steeple parking lot along Old Railroad Bed Road.

    Driving: As you enjoy the scenic ride along PA 233 or Pine Grove Road toward the park, you’ll enter Michaux State Forest. Oak species dominate these slopes, including chestnut oak, scarlet oak, northern red oak, black oak, and white oak reflecting brilliant colors of orange, yellow, red, and brown.

    Boating/Fishing: Photographers will want to capture the beauty of the orange, yellow, and red leaves reflecting on 25-acre Laurel Lake and 1.6-acre Fuller Lake. Boating is permitted on the 25-acre Laurel Lake. You’ll find pickerel, perch, bass, and stocked trout in both lakes. The park participates in the PA Fish & Boat Commission Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. The public can borrow rods, reels, and a tackle box on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applicable PA Fish & Boat rules and regulations apply.

    Other: Visit the Appalachian Trail Museum, the only museum in the country dedicated to hiking. (In the fall, the museum is open weekends through early November.)
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    Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch
    Hiking | Scenic Driving | Birding

    View one of the largest concentrations of raptors in the country at this 125-acre hawk watching location situated on the Kittatinny Ridge, a designated Important Bird Area. It’s the best place in the east to see golden eagles, and one of the best spots in Pennsylvania to watch the fall hawk migration amidst a landscape painted in late autumn reds, yellows, and oranges. (The hawk watch operates from August 1 to December 31).

    Hiking:
    Easy - Hawk Trail (marked with an orange bird painted on the rocks) and Songbird Trail (marked with a yellow blazes on the trees) are both short (roughly .25 mile), easily-accessible trails that lead to the rocky outcrop at the top and a breathtaking 180-degree vista of Cumberland Valley. (TIP: The trail to the right is less steep, but slightly longer.) Both trails are accessible from the parking lot and are dotted with interpretive signage. The outcrop consists of tumbled boulders so proper footwear is recommended.

    More Difficult – Access a section of the Tuscarora Trail (blue blazes on trees), designed as a more-rugged 250-mile alternate route of the Appalachian Trail through the Virginias, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

    Driving: As you ascend Blue Mountain on the 10-mile drive north from downtown Carlisle along Route 74, you can view a magnificent pastoral landscape awash in color. There is a pull-off located at the top of the mountain if you’d like to stop and take in the view, but it is not suitable for parking.

    Birding: The Kittatinny Ridge provides a stopover habitat for more than 150 species of songbirds and 16 species of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Each fall, thousands of birds of prey can be observed migrating southward.
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    Warehimes Pumpkin Patch
    U-Pick Pumpkins | U-Pick Sunflowers

    Fall Fun Activities take place September 16 – October 30, 2022. This location is not open to the general public outside of these dates.

    Just down the road from Meadowbrooke Gourds, Warehime’s Pumpkin Patch opens in mid-September and remains open on Fridays (4pm-7pm), Saturdays (10am-6pm), and Sundays (12pm-5pm) from Friday, September 17th-Saturday, October 29th. Their pumpkin patch features approximately 30 varieties of u-pick pumpkins in an assortment of sizes, colors, and shapes. They also have a large field of free u-pick sunflowers.
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    White Rocks Trail
    Hiking

    The White Rocks Trail is a gem of the South Mountain region. It features a 1.3-mile climb from the base of the trail at Kuhn Road to where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail just south of Center Point Knob on South Mountain. The blue-blazed trail is well marked as it meanders from the parking area to the base of the mountain. As the trail begins to climb, hikers will encounter increasing amounts of rocks and have plenty of opportunities for rock scrambling as the trail ascends. At the summit, hikers are treated to a sprawling view of the valley below and blazing fall colors.

    There is limited parking in the trail lot. If parking is unavailable, please try again later. Do not park on the road or on private property.
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