Scenic Summer Hiking Trails In Lancaster County

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There’s
nothing like feeling the sun beaming through the treetops as you’re taking in
all that nature has to offer. Lancaster County has plenty of parks and trails
to help you get a healthful dose of nature’s beauty—and many of them are an
easy drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Explore Lancaster County Rail
Trails

Major Richard D. Winters Memorial Trail
(formerly known as Ephrata Linear Park) is a mere half

mile away from our inn.
If you’re looking for a short stroll to get your day started, this mile-long
trail may be just what you’re looking for. If you’d like to add an extra mile
to your morning exercise, consider beginning your walk at the Smithton. Round
trip is equal to three miles.

The
Lebanon Valley Rail Trail
is 14.5 miles long and leads you along the old Cornwall-Lebanon Railroad. While
biking or hiking this trail, you can take in both the Pennsylvania Dutch
Country farmland and the forestry. Lebanon Valley Rail Trail stretches from
Colebrook and through Mt. Gretna, Cornwall, and Lebanon.
Close
to three miles long, the Lititz-Warwick Trailway was built along an
abandoned corridor of the Reading Railroad. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or
biking, this trail is perfect for taking in both the rural and urban areas of
Lititz. History buffs may be particularly interested in the two 18th Century
homes along the trail, as well.

Journey Along Lancaster
County’s Rugged Hiking Terrain

Split
into four sections, the Conestoga Trail covers a gorgeous wooded area Lancaster
County. Section A of the trail is closest
to the Historic Smithton Inn and has a beautiful overlook that will make you
appreciate the stillness of nature.
The
Mason-Dixon Shuttle is a five-mile long
shuttle hike where you can connect with some of the most beautiful scenic views
and streams with bits of American history scattered throughout. The full Mason
Dixon Trail stretches from the Brandywine Trail in Chester County into Havre de
Grace, Maryland, and back through Pennsylvania along the River Hills of the
west shore along the Susquehanna River.
Susquehannock State Park is just south of
Columbia and overlooks the Susquehanna River. This park offers over five miles
of various terrains, from flat trails to inclined hikes that are sure to prove
a challenge. If you’re an avid bird watcher, bring your binoculars to
Susquehannock State Park because you never know what you might find. Visitors
have even been known to witness bald eagle sightings. Located in Drumore
Township, this park is ideal for nature lovers of all ages.
If
you want a getaway within reach of beautiful outdoor destinations in Lancaster
County, book your room at the Historic Smithton Inn now. I’ll be happy to share
more about my favorite hiking locations and start you off with a hearty
breakfast before you embark on your adventure.

By
Rebecca Gallagher
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