Trail

Bear Hole Trail (Swatara State Park)

Pine Grove, PA
Length: 4.80 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Running along the eastern side of Swatara State Park is Bear Hole Trail, a wide, rolling trail for hiking and biking. Bordner’s Cabin/Acrigg’s Falls, and the Fossil Pit can be found along this trail. (For directions to Bordner’s Cabin/ Acrigg’s Falls, please see the entry for that specific hike.)

Fossil Site information: http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/topogeo/collecting/fossilsintro/swataragap/index.htm

Note to visitors to the Swatara State Park Fossil Pit: “If you visit Swatara State Park and the fossil pit, please be considerate of others who will visit after you. Please don’t remove rocks for off-site fossil extraction. Please only take a few specimens with you to allow others to enjoy looking for fossils for years to come. As always, eye protection should be worn when using rock hammers and chisels.”

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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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Creek / River, Fishing, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The Latitude/Longitude given here is for the Waterville Bridge parking lot at the South East End of the trail.

Trail Contributor

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I’m Ruth, and my little hiker is Ellie. We joined Hike it Baby in November 2017, when she was just two months old. I was a new mom, with a new baby, in a new place looking for a community to connect to and a way to get moving gently. In the Fall of 2018 we opened a new branch, Hike it Baby Lebanon-Hershey, Pa. The new branch is a little closer to home, and hope to increase participation in our local community. I’ve always love the outdoors and an occasional hike and Hike it Baby has connected me to the outdoors in a new region of the country. I am proud to get outdoors more frequently and hope to raise a daughter that loves to be outside.