From neighborhood parks to strenuous hiking trails, Lancaster County offers numerous opportunities to explore the scenic beauty of the county’s natural resources. If you enjoy listening to the birds, sitting by the stream, photographing wildlife or walking through the woods, there are locations near each of our Authentic Bed and Breakfasts. Just ask your hosts!

As hiking enthusiasts, we have a few favorites around the county that we visit whenever we have a chance. At Chiques Rock Park located between Marietta and Columbia, you can walk to the outcropping which is 200 feet above the Susquehanna River. You’ll find wonderful views of the river, Marietta and neighboring York County. There are other trails within the 422 acre park. 

And just like New York City, Lancaster has a Central Park. But ours has a Covered Bridge! The 544 Acres includes 14 miles of trails from easy to moderate difficulty.

If you are looking for trails for the more experienced hiker, try Susquehannock State Park in the southern part of the county. Five miles of trails from easy to difficult wander through the 224 acre park. Our favorite, the Rhododendron Trail, is steep and rocky and in full bloom from late June to early July.

Come explore the beauty of Lancaster County’s numerous parks, natural areas, preserves and rail trails. And keep an eye out for the local wildlife including eagles, hawks, indigo buntings, owls, bluebirds, deer, fox, and coyote, just to name a few!

Submitted by Lark and Michael McCarley, Lovelace Manor B&B