Saturday, July 31, 2010

Outdoor Activities

As we learned last week, Lancaster County PA is not just Amish tourism. We have an abundance of great hiking trails located near our Bed & Breakfast. Lancaster is home to over 8 different county parks, as well as preserves, game lands, and even a wolf sanctuary. What better way to see the breathtaking beauty of Lancaster, Pa then hiking or biking throughout the county. 

My next adventure in hiking isThe Conewago Trail, which starts in Elizabethtown,and is more common for biking or local joggers and dog walkers. The 5 mile trail is easy and relatively flat. There is an ever so slight upgrade once you get to the end of the 5 miles which then connects to the Lebanon-Valley Rail Trail (LVRT). At the 7th mile of the LVRT, there is an option to take a detour to Mount Gretna, a cute little town. Which by the way is having their 26th annual Tour of Homes, on Saturday Aug. 7th. Indulged in a self guided tour of 19th century homes and gardens of contrasting styles, some over a century old.  

Governor Dick Park is also there at the top of a very steep hill, and there are trails to an observation tower that overlooks Lancaster County. The tower does not have a traditional spiral staircase, but instead has a series of ladders along platforms. It was quite thrilling, even for an enthusiast like me; I’m not a fan of heights! The trip was easier on the return home to Elizabethtown due to the slight downgrade, but it was worth all the hard work because of the beautiful trails and view atop the observation tower. Of course, there is always the option to drive to Governor Dick Park and then enjoy the hike up to the observation tower. Whichever adventure you choose, you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable day! 

Stay tuned next week when we explore Blue Marsh and Chickies Rock County Park.
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