Trail

Governor Dick Park- (2) Red Rectangle

Mt. Gretna, PA
Length: 1.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The Red Rectangle Trail, or Trail 2, is a fairly flat trail to the observation tower. It is a slightly easier walk than the Fire Road, although longer, because it is a gentler rise.

The full trail begins at the Pinch Road Parking Lot and loops south toward the education center before making a U turn North.

A shorter version of this trail can also be taken by starting at the Environmental Center Parking lot and by following the trail head labeled “To the Tower”.  The trail crosses the fire road twice, take take the second crossing/access point to go to the tower. (see the Tower Map for clarification).

This trail is considered “Moderate” for hikers and “Easy” for bikers. This is due to the distance, it is less steep than the Fire Road Trail to the Tower.

There are short unblazed/unmanaged trails marked with sign posts “2B” as a “short cut” to the tower just past the one mile point, these are fairly steep but manageable for most hikers.

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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Visitor Center

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The coordinates given here are for the Pinch Road Parking Lot, this road can be slightly busy. It may be safer to unload smaller hikers and take a connecting trail from the Education Center Parking Lot. There is a port-a-potty at this parking lot, there is not a trail map.

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.