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Nature Awaits: The Ultimate Guide to the Midstate's Parks, Preserves and Forests, Part 3

Adams & Franklin Counties

A       Appalachian Trail
ATV  All-Terrain Vehicle Trails
B       Boating
BC    Bicycling
C       Camping/Cottages
DG    Disc Golfing
E       Educational Programs
F       Fishing
H      Hunting
HR   Horseback Riding Trails
HT    Hiking Trails
MB   Mountain Biking
O      Orienteering
RC   Rock Climbing
S      Swimming
SC   Scuba Diving

Adams County

Pine Grove Furnace
1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners
Surrounded by the Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park features two mountain lakes and access to the Appalachian Trail as well as the Appalachian Trail Museum.
A, B, BC, C, E, HT

Caledonia State Park

101 Pine Grove Road, Fayetteville
Caledonia State Park is placed on our regional guide twice – once for Franklin County and once for Adams County. It is split between Greene Township, Franklin County and Franklin Township, Adams County.
C, E, F, H, HT, S

Gettysburg National Civil War Park

1195 Baltimore St., Gettysburg
The bloodiest battle in the Civil War, Gettysburg was a pivotal turning point for the Union Army. In addition to tours and walking/hiking trails, the park extends into a national cemetery and museum.

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

1537 Mt. Hope Road, Fairfield
With 609 acres and six hiking trails, this nonprofit education center aims to clean up the local watershed by continuing negotiations with DCNR officials to create a permanent wildlife corridor between the preserve and the Michaux State Forest.

Franklin County

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park
2831 Stony Batter Road, Mercersburg
A memorial to President James Buchanan is just one of the many sights at the state park bearing his name. The park has a native trout population in Buck Run.
E, F

Caledonia State Park

101 Pine Grove Road, Fayetteville
At nearly 1,200 acres, Caledonia State Park in Adams and Franklin counties offers a variety of activities, including hunting, hiking, fishing and swimming. Caledonia is located midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along Route 30.
C, E, F, H, HT, S

Enoch Brown Park

2730 Enoch Brown Road, Greencastle
The site of the Enoch Brown School Massacre that took place on July 26, 1764 during  Pontiac’s War, Enoch Park is a quiet place for reflection. The park features walking trails and permits horseback riding on the trails.
E, HR, HT 

Happel’s Meadow Wetland Preserve

Washington Township, Waynesboro
Take Route 16 from the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park, and you find Happel’s Meadow Wetland. This area of the battlefield is preserved as a wetland. During the Civil War, the preserve was known as Bear Swamp. It offers a great view of the battlefield and is a definite stop on any history buff’s list.

Michaux State Forest

Named for French botanist Andre Michaux, Michaux State Forest in 86,000 acres of breathtaking forest nestled in Cumberland, Franklin and Adams counties.

Mont Alto State Park

Mont Alto
The oldest state park in Pennsylvania, Mont Alto offers fishing in the Antietam Creek and hunting access in the Michaux State Forest.
F, H, HT

Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

14325 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro
Named for Pennsylvania’s second largest Civil War battle, Monterey Pass is tasked with preserving the rich history of the battlefield and the natural environment surrounding it. The Battle of Monterey Pass was fought during a stormy night after the historic Battle at Gettysburg.

Red Run Park

12143 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro
Washington Township’s oldest park, Red Run offers fishing and ice skating on a man-made lake at the center of the park. A unique feature of the park is the 11 miles of train tracks for the miniature train that takes passengers on a tour of the park.

Rotary Park

W. 9th St., Waynesboro
Rotary Park includes a basketball court and fitness trail in the Waynesboro area. The outermost trail is .38 of a mile long.


A       Appalachian Trail
ATV  All-Terrain Vehicle Trails
B       Boating
BC    Bicycling
C       Camping/Cottages
DG    Disc Golfing
E       Educational Programs
F       Fishing
H       Hunting
HR    Horseback Riding Trails
HT     Hiking Trails
MB    Mountain Biking
O       Orienteering
RC    Rock Climbing
S       Swimming
SC    Scuba Diving

It is important to note that these parks, forests and nature preserves encompass hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of land. Many parks have multiple points of entry with no nearby landmarks or notable towns – some even cross county lines. The addresses included can accurately get visitors to within a few miles of the park, but at times are not the precise address for the park. Follow signs when possible, and please be aware of your surroundings.  Most of all, enjoy the natural beauty and grandness our area has to offer.

Compiling this guide was challenging for a number of reasons. Not every local park, ball field or recreational area could be added to the list. Our staff compiled the list with the idea of presenting parks and outdoor areas that offer the most to outdoorsmen and nature lovers.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation’s website at

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