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Best trails in Carlisle

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Looking for a great trail near Carlisle, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Colonel Denning State Park or Pine Grove Furnace State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like State Game Lands Number 290 or Wildwood Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Carlisle ranging from 2.1 to 4 miles and from 465 to 1,587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carlisle
Top trails (10)
#1 - Cumberland Valley Overlook Via Appalachian Trail
State Game Lands 170
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#2 - Kings Gap Hollow
Kings Gap State Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
A cool, inviting trail filled with a lush understory of ferns, this trail winds along the stream and follows the gap in the mountain. The terrain changes to a dry, higher elevation that brings the hiker to the mountaintop. Follow the Red Blazes.Show more
#3 - Appalachian Trail to Cumberland Valley Overlook
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#4 - Opossum Lake Trail
Opossum Lake Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#5 - Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
#6 - Letort Spring Run
Letort Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Note: As of October 2020, users report that the last .5 mile of this trail is closed due to damage however majority of the trail is still accessible.Show more
#7 - Rock Scree and Ridge Overlook Trail
Kings Gap State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
This linear trail offers rolling terrain on the way to a pleasant overlook. Benches are strategically placed to relax and enjoy the surrounding view of unbroken forest.Show more
#8 - Vista Loop via Bong Trail
Michaux State Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#9 - Double P and Ridge Road Loop
Michaux State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
#10 - Cave Hill Nature Center
Cave Hill Nature Center
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Note: Users have reported that this area is not well-maintained so take caution when visiting this trail.Show more