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Cumberland Valley PA - The Perfect Long-Weekend Getaway

With rushing rivers, ambling trails and an abundance of food and drink, the Cumberland Valley is, in many ways, the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Visitors come to the Valley for many reasons, but it’s the surrounding nature and collection of outdoor activities that consistently draw people in. Cumberland Valley has the unique designation of being the midway point of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. While a great deal of the thru trail is strenuous, the Cumberland Valley is lucky to have a relatively flat stretch, giving hikers of all levels the opportunity to hike a small portion of the iconic trail.

Visitors can become even more acquainted with the trail at the Appalachian Trail Museum where they can learn the stories of past hikers and how the trail was founded. Housed in a 200-year-old gristmill, it’s a popular stop for thru-hikers to celebrate and grab some ice cream, making it the perfect spot to meet a hiker and get a glimpse into her journey. A newly opened exhibit for young hikers features an interactive and scaled down version of the trail, as well, providing a different perspective.

Beyond the famed Appalachian Trail, there are many other trails. Advanced hikers can find challenging hikes in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, which has great views along the route, while novice and casual hikers can take an easier route along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, which is 11 miles of crushed stone and pavement, also ideal for biking or horseback riding.

The region is also home to the LeTort Spring, featured in 50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. This iconic stream is known for large brown trout that are particularly wily. Big Spring Creek in nearby Newville also provides a more challenging fishing environment. The fifth largest springs in the state, it’s a beloved limestone creek popular among locals. Some fishing equipment is available to rent locally, though most visitors choose to bring their own gear.

Those looking to get a little of everything—hiking, fishing and even some swimming—can head to one of the area’s three state parks, King's Gap Environmental Education Center, Colonel Denning, or Pine Grove Furnace. Each offer unique amenities and activities, with Colonel Denning and Pine Grove Furnace offering lakeside beaches, perfect for a day of lazing on the sand and cooling off in the refreshing spring-fed waters. The mountainous backdrop makes for an idyllic day. While in the woods, visitors can also do a little birding. During the fall months especially, migrating raptors are often spotted. Visitors looking for a more robust experience can head to nearby Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch, the second largest hawk migration point in the state, which also offers a magnificent view.

After spending the day outdoors, return to one of the picturesque and charming towns like Carlisle to enjoy great food and drink, as well as shopping in the boutiques. Adults with a taste for beer can even explore some of the region's breweries, like Market Cross Pub & Brewery, the aptly named Appalachian Brewing Company, or Al’s of Hamden, with dozens of sleek taps, dispensing a variety of beers.

From regional hops to hikes, the Cumberland Valley provides the perfect getaway for families and couples.

Find more information and things to do at VisitCumberlandValley.com

 

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

Red Cardinal

Carlisle
Red Cardinal
A little corner of heaven in Pennsylvania

We invite you to come and visit us in this quiet setting where life is not so hurried.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 10.8mi

Fallen Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Carlisle
Fallen Tree Farm
A Luxurious Retreat in a Historical Setting.

A luxurious Retreat in a historical setting, Fallen Tree Farm is both family and pet friendly. Offering the peace and quiet of the country only 5 minutes from Carlisle.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 11.2mi

Carlisle House

Carlisle
Carlisle House
Carlisle Starts Here - Downtown Carlisle Historic District

Located in the Downtown Historic Area, we are just a half-mile from Interstate 81, and three miles from Interstate 76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike).

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 13mi

The Inn at Herr Ridge

Gettysburg
Where Gettysburg History meets Hospitality

Enjoy the romance and modern comfort in this 1815 country inn.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 13.4mi

James Gettys Hotel

Gettysburg
James Gettys
An Elegant, Award-winning Historic Downtown Gettysburg Inn

The innkeepers of the James Gettys Hotel, in Gettysburg, PA, invite you to stay in their historic hotel. At this unique bed and breakfast, guests enjoy a lodging experience unlike any other.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 14.4mi

Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast

Carlisle
Pheasant Field
Experience Genuine Hospitality

Enjoy the peace and quiet of a country setting - and the convenience of a short 4 mile drive to downtown Carlisle.  Eight beautifully appointed guestrooms range from standard to luxurious.  All

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 15.3mi

30 Timber Road Bed & Breakfast

Mechanicsburg
30 Timber Road Mechanicsburg PA
Offering gracious hospitality in a serene, secluded setting.

Reserve your room at our bed and breakfast on 14 acres of quiet woodlands. Three suites offer king size beds, ensuite baths, whirlpool tub and towel warmers, full breakfast served at your convenience.

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 16.6mi

The Historic Fairfield Inn

Fairfield
The Historic Fairfield Inn
One of America's Oldest Inns

Built in 1757, the Inn has hosted many luminaries from Patrick Henry to Thaddeus Stevens to Mamie Eisenhower and actress Jean Stapleton.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 17.3mi

Battlefield Bed & Breakfast

Gettysburg
Historic 1809 Civil War Farmhouse
Gettysburg's Destination Inn Welcomes History Enthusiast!

Stay in an original 1809 Civil War home on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Located behind Big Round Top, enjoy walking or hiking our beautiful 30-acre nature preserve.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 18mi

Olde McMillen Homestead B&B

Loysville
Olde McMillen Homestead
A Romantic Getaway in the Country

Looking for a getaway for just the two of you? Relax, unwind and enjoy the coziness of our B&B cottage. Snuggle up to the electric fireplace or sit on the porch overlooking the farm pond.

Average Rate: 
Under $100
Distance: 25.1mi

The Manor on Front

Harrisburg
The Manor on Front
Capital city charm and spectacular river views!

Surrounded by a wide array of 20th century mansions, The Manor on Front campus consists of two newly renovated mansions that showcase period details and a tailored, elegant interior.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 27.5mi