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Best trails in Harrisburg

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Looking for a great trail near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, trail 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. 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 Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Harrisburg ranging from 2.6 to 18.4 miles and from 321 to 1,332 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 Harrisburg
Top trails (6)
#1 - Wildwood Lake via Canal Towpath and Capital Area Greenbelt Trails
Wildwood Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Note: As of June 2020, part of the trail is closed for repairs however most of the trail is still accessible. Please check with the park page for more information. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, Wildwood Park is conveniently located on the edge of Harrisburg, PA. Wildwood Park has a long and unique history. But, what is really exciting is how far this natural habitat has come in the past five years. The lake trails offer numerous opportunities for visitors to stop and check out natural elements - whether it is wild flowers or wild life, there is always something to see. Wildwood Park is a photographer's paradise to capture amazing sunrises, awesome sunsets, and wildlife moments. Whether you are someone who just enjoys taking pictures or a professional, you cannot beat Wildwood for scenic backdrops or point of interest shots. The park is also an ideal location for birdwatchers with two boardwalks and a bird blind for up-close viewing. While this guide plots the main trail around Wildwood Lake, many visitors take advantage of the boardwalks and side trails to extend their visit and get off the beaten path. To make even more of your time at Wildwood, be sure to visit when the Nature Center is open. Wildwood Park is located minutes from downtown Harrisburg and is a convenient location to get "back to nature" close to the city. The trail is used by walkers, runners and bicyclists and is also dog-friendly. Dogs must be leashed and several "comfort stations" are provided. Accessibility: Wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may want to only do part of this trail as an out-and-back instead of the whole loop. Canal Towpath (the western section of this loop) is the most accessible part because it is flat with an estimated average grade of 2%. The trail surface is dirt and wood chips. It is typically at least three feet wide. That trail can be seen on its own trail page here https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/canal-towpath-to-nature-center-accessible Capital Area Greenbelt (the eastern portion) has grades of up to 10%. There are a couple of other shorter accessible trail options on the southern end of the Lake. According to the park website, the Delta Boardwalk trail and the North Boardwalk trail are both 1/2 mile boardwalk surfaces and considered wheelchair accessible. Show more
#2 - Big Boyd Preserve Loop
Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
#3 - Fort Hunter Conservancy Walk
Fort Hunt Conservancy
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
#4 - Harrisburg Capital Area Greenbelt Trail
Reservoir Park
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 7 h 52 m
The trail is a loop through and around Harrisburg. It passes along the Susquehanna River through Riverfront Park, through wooded areas, urban areas, residential areas, and scenic parks, including Reservoir Park and Wildwood Park. Parts of the trail share the road, but most of the loop is on dedicated paths. Most of the trail is paved but portions are gravel or crushed stone. There is plenty of parking at various locations along the route, which is marked with signs every mile.Show more
#5 - Italian Lake Park Loop
Italian Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
#6 - Canal Towpath to Nature Center (Accessible)
Wildwood Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
This is considered the wheelchair and stroller friendly portion of the loop around the lake. The difficulty rating on this trail is based on what the experience might be like for a manual wheelchair or stroller user. Accessibility: The trail surface is a combination of dirt/woodchips and boardwalk. It is mostly gentle with an estimated average grade of 2%. The max grade is 5%. It is typically at least three feet wide. There are a couple of other shorter accessible trail options on the southern end of the Lake. According to the park website, the Delta Boardwalk trail and the North Boardwalk trail are both 1/2 mile boardwalk surfaces and considered wheelchair accessible.Show more