Local Points of Interest
Harley Davidson Museum
Harley-Davidson® Factory Tours offer the chance to watch extraordinary people channel their pride and expertise into machines that capture the imagination. They’ve opened the doors to some of their manufacturing facilities to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring a legend to life.
At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you’ll explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory. You’ll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids Corner, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination.
Your factory tour begins with an introductory video and continues on the factory floor where you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of Vehicle Operations. You’ll be guided through the manufacturing of key components and the assembly of Softail, Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles. Then it’s on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping.
Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel.
Hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania
The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy the Appalachian Trail. Peak of color ranges from late September to early November. Click here to find a guide to peak foliage along different areas of the Trail.
There are as many ways to explore the area as there are interests of the visitors who go there. If you are interested in seeing the battlefields of Gettysburg, you can relax on an air-conditioned bus listening to a recorded story. There are those who drive in their own car with an auto tape tour and others hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide to ride with them to explain the three famous days in 1863. The hearty take the National Park Service self-guided walking tours or join the crowd of a park ranger led tour. And the adventurous enjoy touring the 40 miles of battlefield roads by bicycle or galloping across the 5,700 acres of field by horseback.
Further understand the courage and hardships of the soldiers by visiting the ten Civil War related museums or take an authentic Civil War house tour by day and a haunted ghost tour by night. Live theater includes a personal visit with "President Lincoln", Civil War plays and ghost stories. Throughout the year you can talk to the soldiers in encampments and reenactments.
And there is more history in Gettysburg than the three days in 1863! View artifacts of the 200+ years of Gettysburg and the area at the Adams County Historical Society. Enjoy a country drive through the largest fruit belt in Pennsylvania or explore the eighteenth century with one of the county driving tours.
When you’ve had enough of history, enjoy fun things like a cool train ride through the beautiful countryside, ride on miniature horses, view a magic town, ski the slopes and quench your thirst at a local brewery or winery. Play a game of golf at one of our area’s 12 professional and miniature golf courses. Be sure to check the events calendar on their web site for a listing of all the special events and festivals that are taking place throughout the year.
For many Americans, the name "Hershey" means chocolate. The man who started it all, Milton S. Hershey, was great humanitarian and philanthropist. In 1905, Milton Hershey built his famous chocolate company in the town known today as Hershey.
Surrounded by some of America’s most productive dairy farms, Milton S. Hershey opened the world’s first modern chocolate factory and built the “model town” for employees and their families so they have an attractive place to live, work, and play. In the end, he didn’t just build a factory in the town that bears his name — he built a community.
Bicycling on the Shippensburg to Newville Rail Trail
The Cumberland Valley, one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful areas, has long captured the hearts of nature enthusiasts. Visitors from throughout the nation have discovered a rich natural history while wandering through the countryside and the foothills of the Appalachians.
Trail enthusiasts can enjoy walking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding and other non-motorized recreational uses. The trail, which is wheelchair-accessible, has a crushed limestone surface except for the last 1/2 mile at the Newville trail head which is paved. All of the road crossings between these two points have been graded to meet ADA specification and paved if it is a long grade. Their are two missing bridges that limit access to 1 mile of trail at the Shippensburg end and 1/2 mile at the Newville end.
ATV Trails, and Horseback Riding at Michaux State Forest
Michaux State Forest encompasses more than 85,500 acres in the South Mountain area of Cumberland, Franklin and Adams counties. Considered Pennsylvania’s "cradle of forestry," Michaux is the site of first forestry school, Mont Alto. The forest is named for the French botanist, Andre Michaux, who discovered and named many plants in the 18th century.
A 37-mile marked shared-use trail is open to mountain biking. It features 18 miles of “easy” trails, 11 miles of “more difficult” trails, and 8 miles of “most difficult” trails. Mountain bikes may be used on most roads and trails on Michaux State Forest, and the degree of difficulty varies considerably. The natural areas, Appalachian Trail Corridor, Rocky Knob Trail, Beaver Trail and Buck Ridge Trails are closed to Mountain Biking.
A 31-mile marked horseback-riding trail is located in the southern portion of the forest. Three parking lots provide access to the trail system. Horses may be ridden on all the state forest roads and trails except the Appalachian Trail, Rocky Knob Trail, Beaver Trail, and Buck Ridge Trail.
Snow Tubing and Mountain Adventures at Ski Roundtop
Snow Tubing is a great way to experience the fun of winter recreation from a whole new perspective. No experience is necessary, simply grab your tube and let the fun begin!
Roundtop Mountain Resort Snow Tubing features up to 14 large tubing lanes for ages 5 and older serviced by a covered Magic Carpet lift. They have been making snow for 45 years. Their experienced snowmaking team uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment so you can always count on the best snow conditions in the region.
OGO Balls are 11 foot diameter inflatable balls with a 6 foot ball suspended in the middle. The riders climb into the inner ball and enjoys a totally unique ride down the tubing runs. OGO balls have 5 gallons of fresh water in them so you and up to two friends body surf inside during the ride.
Roundtop is one of only 3 places in the United States where you can OGO! These balls are only available to state-licensed venues and are very different from the balls you may see for sale to the public on the internet.
Switchback Tower: Climb alternating inclined nets to reach an observation deck. From there, connect to the Tree House Zips, Canopy Crawl and Alpine Traverse via a net bridge. Users must be ages 5 and older and under 300 pounds.
The Alpine Traverse: A towering passageway that runs from the Canopy Crawl, through the Tree House to the Woods. It features "The Hive", a suspension bridge, a worm hole and an inclined bridge. Users must be ages 5 and older and under 300 pounds.
The Cedar Maze is a 4,800 square foot maze. Challenge yourself to find checkpoints and the exit while racing against your friends and the clock. The maze pathways can be modified to keep the challenge fresh! Fun for all ages!
You can also enjoy their Tree House Zips, The Canopy Crawl, The Woods, Bumper Boats, and the Scenic Chairlift Ride.
Canoeing and Kayaking on the Susquehanna River
The Susquehanna River, sixteenth largest river in America, is the largest river lying entirely in the United States that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The Susquehanna and its hundreds of tributaries drain 27,500 square miles, an area nearly the size of South Carolina, spread over parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The river meanders 444 miles from its origin at Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, New York until it empties into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. The Susquehanna is the "mother" river to the Chesapeake, providing 50 percent of all the freshwater entering the great estuary.
The Susquehanna River supports a very diverse fishery. Anglers can fish for muskies, walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish, catfish and carp. This stretch of river is renowned for its fantastic smallmouth bass fishing. In the future, American shad will be a more common sight. PLEASE note the current fishing regulations before fishing and keeping fish. PFBC Big Bass regulations are in effect for this stretch of water.
Fishing is often best around sunrise and sunset, however, smallmouth can often be enticed to bite all day. Good live baits include minnows, or hellgrammites. Artificial baits like rubber worms or plastic crayfish imitations also work well on smallmouth bass. Fly rods and poppers are very popular with some anglers targeting smallmouth bass.
Life on earth revolves around water and in Central Pennsylvania the Susquehanna River serves as a vibrant corridor for the comings and goings of wildlife. The opportunity to view, maybe ever so briefly, some common and not so common wildlife exists most anywhere along the Susquehanna River Trail. These opportunities range from the white-tailed deer to the tiny chipmunk. River otters use the Susquehanna as a relocation corridor. Their watery cousins, the beaver and the muskrat, live here alongside painted, wood, map, and snapping turtles. It’s quite possible to spot a feisty mink or a common water snake in a tangle of driftwood debris. Cottontail rabbits, striped skunks, woodchucks, gray squirrels, raccoons, foxes, and the elusive eastern coyote all live along the river corridor where habitat is suitable. Look and listen for american toads and a variety of frogs. Peer into the clear waters for smallmouth bass, suckers, catfish, carp, and, occasionally, musky and walleye. A warm summer evening offers the possibility of watching bats circling and swooping as they feed on insects just above the water surface. The most common will be the little and big brown bat.
Golfing at the Cumberland County courses:
Armitage Golf Course The 18-hole “Armitage” course at the Armitage Golf Course facility in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania features 5,698 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 66.8 and it has a slope rating of 112 on Bent grass. Carts are available for rent, and a snack-bar is also on site. Designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, the Armitage golf course opened in 1974.
Carlisle Barracks Golf Course The 18-hole “Carlisle Barracks” course at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania features 6,368 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 69.3 and it has a slope rating of 113. Carlisle Barracks golf course opened in 1958. This course features a full service grill and snack-bar, a well stocked pro-shop, pull and motor carts, driving range with a picturesque putting green.
Cumberland Golf Club The 18-hole “Cumberland” course at the Cumberland Golf Club facility in Carlisle, features 6,508 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 69.6 and it has a slope rating of 115. A full service grill and snack-bar are also located next to the full stocked pro-shop. Carts are available. A driving range is located across the road, and a putting green located adjacent to the club house.
Eagles Crossing Golf Course The 18-hole “Eagles Crossing” course at the Eagles Crossing Golf Course facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania features 6,475 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Blue grass. This course has a full service snack-bar. It also features a driving range, and a putting green. Carts are available.
Liberty Forge Golf Course The 18-hole “Liberty Forge Golf Course” at the Liberty Forge Golf Course facility in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania features 4,122 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 64. The course rating is 59.6 and it has a slope rating of 90. Liberty Forge also has a mini-golf course, a driving range, putting green, snack-bar, and a banquet hall available for rent.
Mayapple Golf Links The 18-hole “Mayapple” course at the Mayapple Golf Links facility in Carlisle,features 6,542 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course features a driving range, full service grill and snack-bar, putting green, motor and pull carts, and a well stocked pro-shop. Leagues and Private Parties available.
Range End Country Club The 18-hole “Range End” course at the Range End Country Club facility in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania features 6,180 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.3 and it has a slope rating of 126 on Rye grass. This course also offers carts, and has a full service dinning room and snack-bar. A pro-shop, driving range, and putting green are also located at the country club.
Rich Valley Golf Course The 18-hole “Rich Valley” course at the Rich Valley Golf facility in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania features 6,882 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.8 and it has a slope rating of 123 on Bent grass. Designed by Jeff Austin, Rich Valley opened in 2004. Jeff Austin manages the course as the Owner.
Silver Spring Golf Club The 18-hole course at the Silver Spring Golf Club in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania features 5,788 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 68 and it has a slope rating of 114.
|Fly Fishing (including professional instruction) at The Yellow Breeches The Yellow Breeches is stocked with many trout each year. In the open water many fish are fished out and many are poached out before the season. The fly zone is no exception. The stream is heavily stocked by the state and angler’s clubs. There are hold over populations in the stream and there may also be a few wild browns. The fish survive in the winter and they are fished for all winter believe it or not. The size ranges from your normal 9 to 12 inch fish to a few fish in the mid 20 inch class. There are a number of wise old browns in the Breeches which are seldom caught because the stream is pounded so hard and these fish seldom feed in the day time. In the fly zone you must be off the stream an hour after sunset.
|Friends of Kings Gap Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley and includes 2,531 acres of forest on South Mountain, in south central Pennsylvania, Cumberland County. Sixteen miles of hiking trails interconnect three main day use areas: the Pine Plantation, Kings Gap Hollow, and the Cameron/Masland Mansion. Kings Gap offers a wide variety of environmental and recreational programs for pre-school through adults.
|Hessian Powder Museum at Carlisle Barracks Carlisle Barracks is the 2nd oldest U.S. Army post in the United States. For more than 200 years, Carlisle Barracks has been at the forefront of pioneering military education and innovative measures to prepare for a changing world. This tradition continues today as the small Pennsylvania post has played host and played a role in many major military ahd historical American history events.
Pine Grove Iron Furnace The Iron Furnace at Pine Grove Furnace State Park was built in 1764 and operated until 1895. In addition to the stone furnace, other historic buildings, such as the Ironmaster’s Mansion, clerk’s office, stable, grist mill (now the Visitor Center), the second iron master’s mansion (now the park office) and several residences still remain. Pine Grove Iron Works was entered in the National Register of Historical Places in 1977.
Pine Grove Furnace was one of the old style cold blast furnaces using charcoal for its fuel, situated on the beautiful stream of water known as Mountain Creek in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and it is a pleasure to know that at this late date, one of its old time managers has consented to give some of the experiences that go to make up the routine life of the various people who were connected with these old iron industries.
|Carlisle Events Car Shows For over four decades, Carlisle Events has been a staple in the automotive community offering events for enthusiasts looking to find automotive parts, memorabilia and collector vehicles to fuel their passion. In 2013, the Miller families engaged the sports and outdoor community by offering an all-new interactive sports and outdoor event entitled the Carlisle Sports & Outdoor Show. We currently host 14 events annually, with 10 taking place at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Two events are held at Festival Park in Zephyrhills, FL, one at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, PA and another at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, PA. These events draw enthusiasts from all over the world.
Trout Gallery at Dickinson College The Trout Gallery is the art museum of Dickinson College. It seeks to inspire creativity and to support the study and experience of the visual arts through direct contact with works in the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. It serves the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of Dickinson College; the residents of the Carlisle-Central Pennsylvania area and their visitors; and the broader academic and artistic communities. It meets its objective through its collections, exhibitions, programs, publications, and professional resources.
The Trout Gallery acquires works of artistic and historic significance through gift and purchase. The collection is global in scope, with considerable holdings in works-on-paper. The collection serves as the Gallery’s fundamental cultural resource and basis for inquiry and study. The Gallery hosts exhibitions of scholarly importance drawn from its collections and those of other institutions and lenders. The exhibitions coordinate and complement the museum’s collections holdings.
|Allenberry Playhouse Allenberry Playhouse opened in the summer of 1949 and has become a leading attraction and activity at Allenberry Resort. The playhouse opened with a summer stock run of just 10 weeks. Today the season lasts more than 40 weeks, starting in March and running through December. For more than 50 years Allenberry has presented professional casts perform Broadway productions. Charles A.B. Heinze was the founder of the Allenberry Players and Richard North Gage was the original managing director.
Oyster Mill Playhouse The Oyster Mill Playhouse is nestled along the Conodoguinet Creek in East Pennsboro Township in Pennsylvania. The rustic mill, which was converted into the current 91-seat theater in 1988, dates back to the 1820’s. The playhouse is heated, air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. Free parking is available for patrons in a lit one-acre lot.
Oyster Mill Playhouse is the home of a volunteer-driven, non-profit community theatre group that is known by the playhouse name. Each year, we present a season of eight quality productions including musicals, comedies, mysteries and dramas at the playhouse. The productions are staged and performed by some of the area’s most talented community players. The works of various local artists are featured in the lobby during the season, and refreshments are available during intermission.
|Movie theaters including the historic Carlisle Theatre Located in the heart of Carlisle, the historic Carlisle Theatre has been referred to as "the gem of downtown" since 1939. The Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center presents musical concerts, performers, films, live theatrical productions, and programming for children and families. The Theatre is also available for corporate events and meetings, community events, weddings, and much, much more!
Shippensburg Speedway This 1/4 mile dirt race track hosts Friday evening Go Kart racing and a variety of Saturday evening classes including Micro Sprint Rookies, Mini Stocks, Chargers, Strictly Stocks, Cyclones and several specialty classes. Shippensburg Speedway is fun for all ages, is alcohol free, charges no admission for children under 12 and hosts kids’ activities throughout the year.
Shippensburg Speedway races 600 Xcel Modified Series, Penn-Mar Vintage, 600 Sprints, 270 Sprints, Mini Stocks, Thunder Cars, Strictly Stocks, Rookie Sprints, EMMR Old Timers, Truck Enduro, 270 Mason Dixon Series, ARMA Lawn Mowers, ACMS Series, ACMS 600 Stock Class, Pennsylvania Elite Dirt Kart Series, AMA Flat Track, All American Outlaws, Go-Karts, and Cyclones.
Williams Grove Speedway & Flea Market Williams Grove Speedway, home of American Sprint car racing since 1939, is a 1/2 mile banked clay oval track that hosts the best 410 Sprint car racing in the country. Go experience the outdoor excitement of speed and competition as the drivers race for the Winners Circle. Racing weekends March through October. Special sanctioned races include World of Outlaws (nationally known champions), All Stars, URC Sprints and ARDC Midget cars. Other race car divisions are 358 Sprints, Super Sportsman, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks. We have two Kids Nites a year that include bounce rides, free games, and kids bike races with prizes plus 12 nights of fabulous Fireworks. See you at the track.
Flea Market: Are you one of the many people in Central Pennsylvania who misses the Silver Spring Flea Market? Were you as disappointed as I was when the racetrack and flea market were turned into Wegmans and Target stores? If you were, you’ll be happy to know that the flea market is back and better than ever at Williams Grove Speedway. Every Sunday at 6:00 am, hundreds of vendors open their booths and offer everything you could imagine in new and used merchandise.
The flea market is actually two flea markets in one. The Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association has been hosting a Sunday morning flea market since April, 2007. The flea market consists of four rows of vendors selling everything from musical instruments to deep fried pickles, yes pickles!
• Shopping • Antiques • Farm Markets • Festivals •
Cumberland Valley PA is home to some of the finest agricultural land in the country, in fact there are about 1,500 farms in varying sizes within the county. Travel like the locals and take advantage of our fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, unique attractions like a working alpaca farm and one-of-a-kind country wineries. If you are looking for a place that is passionate about preserving the land and protecting natural beauty, you’ve found it.
Greater Carlise Area Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Carlisle Area of Pennsylvania is a fast-paced community with a small-town feel. Located in South Central PA, at the intersection of Interstate 81 and the PA Turnpike, Carlisle is well-suited to the business traveler, as well as the casual tourist.
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
Whether you’re looking to entertain the kids, learn about the region’s history, experience the area’s finest dining, or looking for a night out on the town with your friends, Hershey Harrisburg has everything you will need to make that possible.
Hershey Harrisburg recently gained national appeal by being placed fifth in Forbes magazine’s “America’s Most Livable Cities” rankings. RelocateAmerica ranked the region 13th in the “Top 100 Places to Live” and was named the nation’s top minor league sports market by Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal. Combined, these awards make Hershey Harrisburg your next must-stop destination!
|Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau Cumberland Valley PA (a.k.a. Cumberland County, PA) is located smack dab in the middle of two really important locations, the Appalachian Trail and the number one visited region in Pennsylvania. So, you can sleep in Cumberland Valley and be just a hop, skip and a jump away from Lancaster, Harrisburg and Gettysburg and a 2- to 3-hour drive away from Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.