The 3,520-acre Swatara State Park consists of rolling fields and woodlands situated in the Swatara Valley, between Second and Blue mountains. Scenic Swatara Creek meanders the length of the park and is surrounded by forests and wetlands that support a diversity of wildlife. Swatara State Park was acquired with capital development funds appropriated by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Planned facility and infrastructure improvements will support day use outdoor recreation such as canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnicking and bicycling.

Nice, short hike. A bit rocky, and for me, a novice, I would rate it moderate. But my dogs and I both loved it!

We enjoyed this trail. It can be busy with bikes. I gave it 4 stars because of road noise. It was a good hiking experience, and we will return to try other park trails. Our two dogs enjoyed meeting other dogs on the trail.

We did a 7 mile loop along Swatara Creek. Easy hike with wide, flat trails that are well maintained. A lot of people on bikes and many families. If you are looking for something to "get away" this is probably not for you. [Several trails do not show in app]

Pro: Plenty of trail, but not too strenuous. Family friendly. Maintained trails.

Con: No overlooks or scenic views. Not many places to stop and sit and just soak it in. Pretty busy.

This is not a paved trail (someone posted pic above that indicated a paved path). Decent walk, but have good trail/hike footwear. Kid and dogs OK, as long as they're used to it.

Great easy trail. Good views!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

We love this whole park! The mohntain bike trails are the best around! Bordner cabin is a must see and digging for fossils is great with the kids. I canoed the river many a year ago and you never touched bottom unlike the Schuylkill river. The new bridge traversing the Swatara river is a neat structure to cross. Beware of rude horse owners and their animals large piles on the bridge and on the trails. If I have to pick up my dog's crap so should they. Rudest most arrogant group of people I have come across that are above cleaning up after their own animals.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I only walked the A-1 and A-2 trails (unpaved), but I had a great time. Just remember to watch and listen for mountain bikers, since the trails in that part of the park are considered to be mountain bike trails (though hiking is allowed, as well). Several times I had to hop off the trail and into the brush to let a mountain biker through, because the "A" trails are fairly narrow.


Updated. I returned to the park and walked the Bear Hole Trail, which is described as "more difficult" in the official Swatara State Park brochure. Honestly, it's moderately difficult at best; there are very few inclines, and the entire path is either pavement or packed dirt with loose gravel. I'd recommend wearing sneakers over hiking boots or shoes.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Very easy trail! It's all pavement,if you're not on the pavement..Go back. LOL

trail running
Monday, July 18, 2016

This trail would probably be better suited for the fall (at least for me). I liked the trails themselves, but it was extremely buggy and I was there fairly early in the morning. I'm prone to bug bites and always use a bug spray when I'm in the woods and I still got eaten alive. Unfortunately, the bugs cut my run short today.

easy trail, shaded depending on the trails you take. Trail is either gravel or pavement. Wide trails shared with bikers and horses. Bear Hole trail is the trail with the cabin and waterfall. Beautiful carbin!

trail running
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

easy - moderate...mostly cleared....very peaceful....rail to trails nearby actual trail...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Just a great hike. No real vistas. Good for all ages and abilities.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

We walked this trail today looking for the waterfalls and cabin that were in the photos. It was very disappointing to walk 8 miles to find out that those things are not on this path. I'm assuming they are on the rail trail, but there is nothing like that on these loops. The trails were well maintained. Wish it would have been more specific and not so misleading.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


mountain biking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

There are 6 different loops and all were well maintained. I am a beginner mountain biker and I was challenged in some of the areas. Lots of roots and logs (big and small) and a couple of little streams throughout the courses. Great place to learn. For a beginner course, I felt some of the climbs were tough because of the roots, but more experience bikers would probably think they are easy. Overall, this course was a lot of fun for all skill levels.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One thing I've noticed about this site is they don't always give you good directions to the trails. I gave up looking for this one and spent about 3 hours on the AT.

trail running
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Very nice trail, but I rated it 5 star for the simple reason that it is one of the best places to find fossils in Pennsylvania and it is open to the public.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Nice, easy trail. Hiked approx. 6.5 miles by following outer trails A-B-C-D. Saw a few mountain bikers. Swatara State Park leading to the trails was not marked very well along the main road, we followed at street sign that actually said State Park Lane, so we assumed this lane would lead us to the trails and it did (the AllTrails Map gave excellent directions in leading us to the park),

I would recommend this this for a nice comfortable hike.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Went today on mtn bikes! Total blast awesome down hills not to bad up hills! Cool creek crossing a few log crossings you can do and some jumps! Def found a new favorite riding spot! If you keep turning right than do the "D" loop it's roughly 7 1/2 miles.

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