What better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Lancaster County then hiking or biking through the picturesque countryside. Here are a few links to help you find that perfect trail.
Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania
In the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country, quietly secured on 22 acres of natural woodland, you will find the home of the Speedwell Wolves. For over 20 years the Darlington Family has offered refuge to Wolves who have found themselves without a place in the natural world. It has been over a hundred years since the last wild Wolf was known to exist in Pennsylvania.
Biking In Lancaster County
The Lancaster County Bike Club offers many scenic bicycle tours varying in length (from 7 to 84 miles), type of terrain traveled and difficulty level. Looking to create your own route? Check out the Lancaster County Bike Tour Map. Interested in seeing some sites along your bike ride? A helpful map tool titled "Biking the Backroads of Lancaster County" leads you on a tour through Pennsylvania Dutch Country via three state museums (Landis Valley Museum, Ephrata Cloister and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania), and lists heritage lodging and dining sites, as well as bicycle shops.
Lancaster County also offers four Rails-to-Trails bike trails, which are former railroad corridors that have been turned into public trails. For other road biking tours, check out Trails.com.
Hiking In Lancaster County
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, located on the Lebanon-Lancaster County line about one mile south of Kleinfeltersville, is a special tract owned and set aside by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for the protection, propagation, management, preservation and controlled harvest of wildlife.
This area of more than 5,000 acres provides habitat for waterfowl, forest wildlife and farmland wildlife and includes a 400-acre shallow water lake and a 70-acre impoundment. Visitors to the wildlife area in November and from late February to late March are fortunate to witness and photograph the flocks of beautiful tundra swan that stop in Pennsylvania during migration.
Contact the Middle Creek Visitor's Center at 717-733-1512 for more information.
Blue Marsh Lake
The project offers the public many varied activities including swimming, fishing, boating (unlimited horsepower), sailing, cross-country and water skiing, hunting, hiking, bird-watching and picnicking. Three boat launch ramps, showers and restrooms, picnic pavilions (available as rentals) and picnic areas with charcoal grills are available. A refreshment stand is open in season. Sixteen miles of hiking trails and several nature trails invite visitors to the project, to enjoy the beauty of the Berks County countryside
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Blue Marsh Lake
1268 Palisades Drive
Leesport, PA 19533
Other great hiking options include the trails found throughout our eight county parks.
Central Park: Central Park is the largest of the county’s parks, covering 544 acres. Central Park is located on the southern edge of Lancaster City in West Lampeter Township.
Chickies Rock Park: Located between the boroughs of Columbia and Marietta, Chickies Rock Park is the County's second largest regional park. Chickies Rock Park's name is derived from the American Indian word "Chiquesalunga" meaning "place of the crayfish".
Conewago Recreation Trail: In 1979, the County acquired the Conewago Recreation Trail, located between Route 230 and the Lebanon County line, northwest of Elizabethtown. This 5-mile trail, formerly the Cornwall-Lebanon rail line, connects to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, and follows the Conewago Creek through scenic farmland and woodlands
Lancaster Junction Recreation Trai: This trail, part of the former Reading-Columbia rail line, runs for just over two miles between the hamlet of Lancaster Junction and Route 283. Like the Conewago Trail, Lancaster Junction Trail travels through some of Lancaster County's most scenic farmland and borders Chickies Creek in its northern half.
Speedwell Forge Park: It is located between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Speedwell Forge Lake and the wooded State Game Lands of the nearby Furnace Hills.
Money Rocks Park: Money Rocks Park, located near the Narvon Clay Mine, spans over 300 acres of woodland in the Welsh Mountains of eastern Lancaster County.
Theodore A. Parker III Natural Area: This ninety-acre park is located in the southeast portion of Lancaster County. In this park, Stewart Run tumbles over rocks and waterfalls to create one of the County's most pristine streams.
D.F. Buchmiller Park: The County of Lancaster acquired this 79-acre park in 1977. Located in West Lampeter Township, Buchmiller Park is known for its open lawn areas and beautiful plantings.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a 2,400-acre natural area in southeastern Pennsylvania. Between Aug. 15th and Dec. !5th, an average 18,000 hawks, eagles and falcons fly past this world-class observation site for raptor migration. Open daily 9-5 Trails open dawn to dusk daily 610-756-6000