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Swatara State Park has 18.2 miles of trails. Park trails are generally flat and wide. Many small, connector trails allow hikers to create loops of various distances. Hikers can also hike the additional 9.8 miles of trails in the Mountain Biking Complex. Some favorites of the park don’t even make the official state park map! Bordner’s Cabin and Acrigg’s Waterfall a frequent hike of local HiB branches. As well as the Fossil Pit. Both are accessed off of Bear Hole Trail. Most of the trails are multi-use, be aware of bicyclists and horses.

There are three main trails in the park, by using Swatara Rail Trail and Bear Hole Trail visitors can recreate on two multi-use loops. By combining both the Northern and Southern Multi-use Loops you can make a full loop of 11 miles of trails. The Southern Loop, Waterville Bridge to Sand Siding Bridge and back, is 4.6 miles. The Northern Loop, Swopes Valley Road to Sand Siding Bridge and back, is 7.2 miles and includes a brief ride on Swopes Valley Road. The Appalachian Trail also crosses through the park before continuing southeast through State Game Lands 80

For more about Swatara State Park visit the state’s DCNR website: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/SwataraStatePark/Pages/Hiking.aspx

Park Map: http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003057.pdf

**Hunting is permitted in Swatara State Park, high visibility colors advised, especially during hunting season**

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City Pine Grove
State Pennsylvania
Latitude 40.5026759000
Longitude -76.5213099000
Trails Appalachian Trail (Swatara State Park), Bear Hole Trail (Swatara State Park), and Bordner's Cabin & Acrigg's Falls (Swatara State Park)
Map Zoom Level 12
Trail Area Features
Ambassador 2488
Driving Directions
Area Highlights Bike Trails, Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Tree Climbing, Viewpoint, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing
Area Highlight Notes
Cell Service
Water Fountains No
Emergency Support No
Rangers No
Stroller Friendly No
Parking Lot
ADA Accessible No
Pet Friendly No
Zero-Landfill Park No
Nearby Convenience Store Yes
Daily Fee $0.00
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Is there a fee? No
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