Bordner's Cabin & Acrigg's Falls (Swatara State Park)

Pine Grove, PA
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

This hike is a favorite of local HiB families because it is a well shaded hike on flat surface and is stroller accessible.  The cabin provides a great place to picnic and a good view point/goal for young hikers. Acrigg’s Falls are just behind the cabin and provide a fun place to cool off.

While we do recommend an all terrain or jogging stroller, families have hiked here with “standard” strollers, an umbrella stroller is not advisable.

Trail Directions: The shortest access to this site is to park in the parking lot at the end of Sand Siding Road. Walk back up the road (just a short distance) to the trail and take a left onto the Swatara Rail Trail. You’ll shortly come to a bridge on your left, probably about ¼- ⅓ mile down the rail trail. This bridge has a sign that says “To Bearhole Trail”. Cross the creek, and turn left again. About 1 mile down the road you will reach the cabin on your right. This path has been marked in orange on the small map, this is approximately 1.5 miles in each direction and the most popular route for young hikers. This trail is stroller accessible, all-terrain or jogging strollers are recommended, but it can be done with a “regular” stroller as well. This path is fairly flat. The cabin is a great place to picnic and some like to cool off in the falls. There is an outhouse at the cabin site.

For a longer hike you can park at the Waterville Bridge, where the Appalachian Trail crosses Swatara Creek, and walk to the cabin; approximately 2.5 miles each direction. As many of the paths connect in the park there are alot of creative ways to get there, depending on how long and how far you want to hike.

Full Park Map:

**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
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
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

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The latitude and longitude given (40.503822, -76.513136) are for the parking area at the Sand Siding Trailhead. This is for the shortest and most commonly taken route to the cabin.

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.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.