#21 of 115 state parks in Pennsylvania

Best trails in Swatara State Park

505 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Swatara State Park, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Swatara State Park ranging from 3.1 to 8.3 miles and from 462 to 620 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Swatara State Park is a relatively new park in Pennsylvania's system. Due to the park's immense trail network, it is one of the most popular destinations for hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are also several access points to Swatara Creek for those interested in canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. In addition to the famous Appalachian Trail, the park is home to the Swatara Rail Trail, Bordner's Cabin Trail, and more.
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Map of trails in Swatara State Park
Park information
Acreage
3520 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Mailing address
Swatara State Park
c/o Memorial Lake
Grantville, PA 17028
Contact
717-865-6470
Top trails (8)
#1 - Appalachian Trail: Cove Mountain to Duncannon
Swatara State Park
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 7 h 44 m
Appalachian Trail: Cove Mountain to Duncannon is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marysville, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderatShow more
#2 - Swatara State Park Loop
Swatara State Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
Swatara State Park Loop is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jonestown, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#3 - Trout Run via Appalachian Trail
Swatara State Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Trout Run via Appalachian Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jonestown, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number ofShow more
#4 - Swatara Rail Trail: Swatara State Park
Swatara State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(39)
Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Swatara Rail Trail: Swatara State Park is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail Show more
#5 - Bordner’s Cabin Trail
Swatara State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Bordner’s Cabin Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used Show more
#6 - Swatara State Park South Loop
Swatara State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Swatara State Park South Loop is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jonestown, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#7 - Appalachian Trail: Swatara Gap to 501 Shelter
Swatara State Park
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Length: 22.8 mi • Est. 11 h 1 m
Appalachian Trail: Swatara Gap to 501 Shelter is a 22.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jonestown, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderateShow more
#8 - Swatara State Park North Loop
Swatara State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Swatara State Park North Loop is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of Show more