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Although known predominantly for its Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the Gettysburg battlefield, and the cities of Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, south central Pennsylvania is home to many tracts of public lands that offer a diverse array of hiking experiences. From the gentle farm country of Lancaster and York Counties, to the steep-sided ravines along the Susquehanna River, to the rugged ridges north of Harrisburg, and the rolling hills of South Mountain, you'll find hikes to suit about any taste and interest. "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Harrisburg" provides the first comprehensive hiking guide to the region.
Each hike description features:
• Key information on length, hiking time, difficulty,
configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility
• Information on the history and natural of history of the areas the hikes pass through
• A detailed trail map and elevation profile
• Clear directions to the trailhead and trailhead GPS data
• Tips on nearby activities
Whether you are a local looking for new places to explore, or a visitor in the area for business or pleasure, "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Harrisburg" will provide plenty of options for outings lasting a full day to a couple of hours, all within about an hour's drive of Harrisburg and the surrounding communities.
The southern portion of Pennsylvania is rich with history, but also boasts breathtaking natural beauty. From rolling hills in Lancaster and York Counties to steep ravines along the Susquehanna River, this region offers hikers a wide array of outdoor experiences. This guide is the first comprehensive hiking tour of the region, and its accessible format brings this diverse natural area closer to hikers than ever before.
About Matt Willen
Matt Willen has lived in Pennsylvania for the past fifteen years, during which he has explored many of the state’s hiking trails and kayaked many of its rivers. He is currently a professor at Elizabethtown College, where he teaches courses in professional writing. He lives on a farm outside of the town of Hershey.