Outdoor hidden gems in Harrisburg | Travel Smart


The CDC has really helpful restricted journey, nonetheless, there may be nonetheless time to get pleasure from a trip and get outdoors.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As fall approaches, and the CDC continues to suggest restricted journey, your subsequent staycation could also be exploring the outside at some native points of interest.  

“Sometimes, when people think of Harrisburg, they think of the city and the picture of the dome comes to mind and the downtown and there are so many things to do in the downtown but it’s more than that,” Rohrbaugh mentioned.  

Allison Rohrbaugh, from Visit Hersey and Harrisburg, shares three outside venues that may make your close-to-home trip an adventurous one. 

Our first hidden gem in Harrisburg is Wildwood Park.

This 229-acre park provides guests a spot to loosen up, stand up shut with nature, and study wildlife. The park has about six miles of trails and a boardwalk you possibly can stroll down to take a look at the gorgeous views. Plus, you by no means know what creatures you may see. 

“Wildwood is gorgeous as a result of it’s tucked away,” she mentioned. “It’s so near town, whenever you’re speaking about mileage, it is proper subsequent door to the excitement and the bustle of town nevertheless it’s insulated from it, it’s tucked away in this beautiful oasis of wildlife and nature. There is a nature heart on website that’s improbable.”

Our second hidden gem is Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation. 

Boyd Big Tree Preserve is the habitat for quite a few species of massive bushes and is the house to many species of birds. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are lots of totally different mountain climbing trails all through the 1,025 acre conservation. 

“You have some brief trails after which you’ve some longer loops that households can get pleasure from and once more there’s a various ability set so you possibly can exit with household and have a leisurely stroll or you possibly can exit and do one thing that is more difficult,” Rohrbaugh mentioned. “Especially now, as we’re main into fall and the leaves are altering, simply beautiful surroundings that you simply’ll discover on the market.” 

Our final cease on our outside hidden gems tour all through Harrisburg is Blue Mountain Outfitters. 

Blue Mountain Outfitters is your one cease store for all of your water journey wants. There, you’re in a position to get out on the Susquehanna and sail previous town skyline on a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. 

“The people who run Blue Mountain Outfitters are only a wealth of data and that’s necessary whenever you’re speaking about kayaking,” Rohrbaugh mentioned. “Maybe you’re new to it, possibly you’re a newbie at kayaking, or possibly you’ve been doing it for a very long time, both method the data that they’ve in regards to the river…is improbable.” 

Make positive to make the most of the previous few days of summer time at these outside points of interest.

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