If you’re searching for scenic hiking trails or bountiful fishing spots, consider visiting Nolde Forest State Park. Just a 30-minute drive from Historic Smithton Inn, the park stretches over 665 acres and features lush woodlands, gorgeous plantations, beautiful streams, and serene ponds. These diverse habitats offer opportunities for environmental teaching as well as hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Enjoy a day in nature and explore the deciduous woods of Pennsylvania. Here are just a few things you can enjoy during your stay!
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What Can You Do at Nolde Forest State Park?
Nolde Forest State Park is named after the property’s former owner, Jacob Nolde, an environmentalist and hosiery baron who immigrated to the United States from Germany. Nolde purchased the land when only a single white pine was growing upon it. He continued to acquire land, and by 1910, had planted nearly 500,000 coniferous trees. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that Nolde Forest was acquired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Environmental Education Center was established.
There are five trails in the park ranging from short, easy strolls to more intense hikes. Grab a map from the Visitor Center and start your journey! The longest trail is the Boulevard Trail which begins and ends at Nolde Mansion. For a hike through the beautiful conifer plantation, take either Kissinger Road or Middle Road. Both are easy walks (less than a mile) and run through the plantation. The Watershed Trail is another excellent route that follows a scenic creek. Dogs are welcome on all hiking trails.
Cast a Line
Angelica Creek in Nolde Forest State Park is a great place to go fishing. The creek is home to a native trout population and is easily accessible from the Angela Creek Trail. Make sure you meet the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission requirements before you start. Once you’ve doubled checked that you comply, cast your line in this stunning setting. Bring a picnic lunch with you for an uninterrupted day of fishing!
Attend a Nature Program
The Nolde Forest State Park Environmental Education Center offers a variety of activity-oriented programs, whether you’re traveling with students, adult groups, or solo. During these programs, you will explore different aspects of the environment and develop skills to become an environmental decision-maker. Plus, they’re conducted by staff members and expert guests, so visitors always learn something new!
Complete Your Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn
After enjoying an adventure in Nolde Forest State Park, come back to the Historic Smithton Inn for a Pennsylvania countryside retreat! Traverse everything from forests to farmland and enjoy a peaceful getaway in nature. The best way to prepare for a day of hiking is with our delicious homemade breakfast. As a guest, you’ll enjoy fruit, inn-baked muffins and breads, our signature homemade granola, and a delicious, hot entree. We are proud to use local ingredients from Lancaster County farmers.
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