Hiking For All Seasons around Gettysburg

Located in the south-central portion of the state, Gettysburg is a fantastic destination for outdoor lovers. In addition to the well-known battlefields, many beautiful parks and National Forests can be reached in less than an hour from the Keystone Inn.
With so much open space, your hiking options are endless.  And in-between your hiking adventures, explore the small towns around the area, partake in the summer and fall harvests, and enjoy all the wonderful eateries and breweries in our area.

Let’s have a picnic
Picnics and hiking seem to go together. We have researched the best sandwich takeouts for you so that before you head out on your hike, you can fill your backpack with plenty of water and fruit and a delicious sandwich to enjoy along the way.

Favorite Hiking Destinations near Gettysburg
1. Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland (23 miles, 25-minute drive from the inn)
Visitors to Catoctin Mountain Park find streams replete with native trout; forests of maple, hickory, ash, oak, and cherry trees; and the air alive with the sounds of birds, chipmunks, and other wildlife. The park’s beauty is a triumph of nature’s ability to heal: the area was devastated by logging and agriculture during the 18th and 19th centuries. The park maintains 25 miles of hiking trails with difficulty ratings between easy and strenuous. Scenic vistas at the park include Chimney Rock, Hog Rock, Thurmont Vista, and the Blue Ridge Summit Overlook.
Picnic Options– Check out Thurmont Kountry Kitchen, family-owned with a broad menu. You can call ahead for take-out.
2. Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, Fairfield, Pa (11 miles, 19-minute drive from the inn)
Easy loop trail where you can explore various Pennsylvania habitats, including wet and dry woodlands, two mountain streams, ponds, and a restored mineral quarry. Diverse plants and wildlife make their homes here, including marsh marigold, trout lily, deer, fox, red-spotted newts, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, and wild turkey.
Picnic Options- since this park is close to Gettysburg, we recommend getting your sandwich in town. Food 101,  and Panera Bread, and Mela’s Kitchen have great sandwiches.
3. Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardner, Pa (18 miles, 31-minute drive from the inn)

Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is at the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in an area known as South Mountain. Visitors enjoy many recreational opportunities, including Two mountain lakes (Laurel Lake and Fuller Lake), hiking the Appalachian Trail, and visiting the Appalachian Trail Museum.
Picnic Options- Thirsty Farmer’s Brew Works

4. Caledonia State Park, Fayetteville, Pa (15 miles, 22-minute drive from the inn)

The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US 30. The park is nestled within South Mountain, the northern terminus of the well-known Blue Ridge Mountain of Maryland and Virginia.

Picnic Options- since this park is close to Gettysburg, we recommend getting your sandwich in town. Food 101,  and Panera Bread, and Mela’s Kitchen have great sandwiches.

5. King’s Gap Environmental Education Center, Carlisle, Pa (34 miles, 49-minute drive from the inn)
Great hiking destination that is well known for the four-mile road that winds through its 2,531 acres to the historic Italian villa-style stone mansion atop of South Mountain. Kings Gap focuses on natural and cultural interpretation and education. Lifelong learners will appreciate both self-guided interpretive trails and guided hikes. Kings Gap is free and open year-round, from dawn to dusk.
Picnic Options- Momma Spriggs

6. Wolf Rock/Chimney Rock Loop, Thurmont, Md (22 miles, 23-minute drive from the inn)
Chimney Rock via Thurmont Vista and Wolf Rock is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland, that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October.
Picnic Options– Check out Thurmont Kountry Kitchen, family-owned with a broad menu. You can call ahead for take-out.

7. Cunningham Falls National Park, Thurmont, Md (24 miles, 25-minute drive from the inn)
Cunningham Falls State Park. Surrounded by the beautiful Catoctin Mountains, CunninghamFalls State Park is home to Maryland’s highest cascading waterfall. A hiking trail and a short walking path leading to the falls, where visitors enjoy picturesque views year-round. Other hiking trails of various difficulty levels weave through the park.
Picnic Options– Check out Thurmont Kountry Kitchen, family-owned with a broad menu. You can call ahead for take-out.

8. Hashawha Loop, Westminister, Md (21 miles, 30-minute drive from the inn)
Hashawha Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Westminster, Maryland, that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers several activity options and is accessible year-round.
Picnic Options- Rock Salt Grill

9. Codorus State Park, Hanover, Pa. (23 miles, 23-minute drive from the inn)
The 3,500-acre Codorus State Park is in the rolling hills of southern York County. The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has 26 miles of shoreline and is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.
Picnic Options- since this park is close to Gettysburg, we recommend getting your sandwich in town. Food 101,  and Panera Bread, and Mela’s Kitchen have great sandwiches.

10. Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, Harpers Ferry, W. Virginia (57 miles, 59-minute drive from the inn)
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park offers a variety of experiences for visitors. Whether you enjoy recreation or historical inquiry, a quiet stroll by the river, or a guided program with a ranger, there are opportunities for everyone to find their place here.
Picnic Options- Cannonball Deli

Come stay with us at the Keystone Inn
Our central location in Gettysburg gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while soaking in the incredible history of Gettysburg. Whether you visit us in the Fall, Winter, Spring, or Fall, a Gettysburg getaway is the place to go to connect with nature and to have a relaxing getaway. At the Keystone Inn, you will enjoy a hearth farm-to-table breakfast each morning and afternoon cookies after you return from your day of hiking.

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