Schaefferstown, PA – To step back in time, visit Historic Schaefferstown (HSI). The Pennsylvania German and Swiss cultures, which flourished here during the last few centuries, are authentically presented among several historic sites including Alexander Schaeffer Farm, a National Historic Landmark, the Thomas R. Brendle Museum, and the very unique Gemberling-Rex House. The Gemberling-Rex House (c.1758) once served thirsty travelers and villagers as a tavern. Fascinating features include a bar cage, 18th century wall stenciling, a Franklin fireplace and more. Sites are open for tours April 1st to October 4th. Please call to arrange tours at other times.
Lebanon, PA – Coleman Memorial Park, also known as Coleman’s Park, is home to a variety of special events in Lebanon County. Throughout the summer months, Music in the Park provides entertainment in the park’s open amphitheater. Lauther Water Park is a large swimming pool with a large slide and areas set aside for varying levels of swimming ability. Trails wind through the wooded areas that had been estates owned by the Coleman Family, owners of Cornwall Iron Furnace. Remaining buildings include the large red brick stables and carriage house, a gate house, the Brock home, and the “ready house” garage. On site are picnic groves, ball fields, walking trails, and more.
Annville, PA – The elaborate Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the largest monument in VA’s National cemeteries. The combination open-air space and building stands 107 feet high and 360 feet long. Its design evokes “the ruins of a war-torn building centered in a land of solemnity.” Designed by Cee Jay Associates of West Chester, Pa., the granite, stone, and concrete composition was dedicated Oct. 7, 2001. The memorial is dedicated to all who serve the nation and veterans of all wars—past and future.
Jonestown, PA – Originally named St. Anthony’s Wilderness by Moravian missionaries who arrived in the colony in 1742 to convert Native tribes, the Stony Creek Valley became the site of five bustling towns after discovery of coal in 1824. The Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad was built in the 1850s to transport coal to the canals and tourists to enjoy the healing mineral waters at Cold Springs. The spring water’s popularity led to the construction of a 200-room resort to accommodate the wealthy Philadelphians who came for the healing waters. Not far off the rail-trail, you can see the old foundations of the once grand resort. At Rausch Gap Bridge (about 3.5 miles west of the eastern trailhead) you can find information about former mining town of Rausch Gap, now a ghost town.
By 1944 the mines were exhausted, the lumber stripped, and the railroad fell into disuse. The elegant, 200-room resort hotel at Cold Springs burned to the ground. The Pennsylvania Game Commission purchased the land in 1945 and converted the railroad corridor to a trail soon after, making the Stony Valley Railroad Grade one of the nation’s earliest rail-trails.
Located on 44,342 acres of state game land, the trail passes through natural habitat with an abundance of wildlife. Unique among rail-trails in Pennsylvania, each fall the Stony Valley Railroad Grade is open to motor vehicles for one day. During hunting season, the trail is closed to non-hunting bicycle and equestrian use.
To reach the northeastern trailhead from the north Lebanon area, take SR 72 north. Where it cross the Appalachian Trail SR 72 turns into SR 443. When you reach Gold Mine Road, turn left (north) and follow it to the top of the mountain; turn left onto Old Railroad Bed Road. The trailhead and parking are straight ahead.
Lebanon, PA – A 14 mile corridor extending the end of the existing Conewago Trail at the Lancaster County line northeast into Lebanon. The trail passes through communities of Lawn, Colebrook, Mt. Gretna, Cornwall, South Lebanon and the City of Lebanon. The trail is a great resource for recreational activities like walking, running, bicycling, cross country skiing, horseback riding and nature studies.
Fredericksburg, PA – Just off of Rt. 72 North, is Lion’s Lake Park and Recreation Area. This sapphire and emerald jewel of a spot sits along Jay Street in North Lebanon Township, is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year.
Seasons can be noticed, not as Fall – Winter – Spring – Summer, but by what can be seen at Lion’s Lake: brilliant red, yellow, orange leaves; resident geese walking on the ice-covered lake; people lined up along the shore with their fishing gear, eager for good catch; or picnics set up in any of the pavilions.
Stevens, PA – A mecca for wildlife, this 6,254 acre facility is home to pheasants and deer, blue-birds and cottontails and many other wild animals. The area is particularly noted for the thousands upon thousands of ducks, geese and swans that drop in during their spring and fall migrations. Of special interest to visitors is the spring migration of Canada Geese, Snow Geese, and Tundra Swans which visit the area by the tens of thousands during the first week of March. There are nine walking trails, picnic areas and a driving tour for cars and bikers available beginning the first of March. Maps can be obtained at the Middlecreek Welcome Center.
Lebanon, PA – Centered in Mount Gretna, this lake has been enjoyed by generations and a summer favorite escape for residents and visitors. Family friendly, restaurants, lake beach, and nearby attractions. Highlights include kayaking, boat rentals, lake beach, hiking trails nearby, dining nearby and more.
Annville, PA – The Quittie Creek Nature Park has become a point of interest in Annville and an attraction for Lebanon County and beyond. Its central walking path meanders beside the spring-fed Quittapahilla Creek, a restored trout stream. As you walk along the streamside path, at times your only company is the solitary great blue heron who fishes in the stream. Woodland trails take you past the century-old oak and sycamore trees, through blue hyacinths, jack-in–the-pulpits, and white bloodroot flowers in the spring, up a steep serpentine staircase made of railroad ties, and down into the deep quarry with a vernal pond filled with tadpoles.
History is evident in five existing lime kilns (one is shown under snow above on the right) that once produced lime from quarry limestone, the site of a water-powered mill on the Quittapahilla Creek that ground the lime for use in fertilizer and cement, and in the remains of a weir dam on the Quitapahilla that was used to provide deep water for pumping to elevated water tanks north of Annville.
Lebanon, PA – Come to South Hills Park, sit down and relax, come and play, gather with family and friends, move to a healthier you, or play ball. South Hills is the favorite park in the Lebanon Valley, from spring to winter time. Walking enthusiasts, joggers, cyclists enjoy the trails year round. Children love South Hills during summer for the wonderful playground, sand volleyball court, sand box, other sports facilities. In the winter, children pray for snow so they can go to South Hills and sled down the hill.
South Hills Disc Golf: Access at South Hills Park on State Drive, Lebanon. Fully manicured lawn with mature trees to play around. 2 baskets per hole – red for the longs and yellow for the short positions. Nice mixture of left, right and straight shots with well placed basket positions.
Lebanon, PA – This city owned park is located at the Northeast boundary of Lebanon City and North Lebanon Township, and features a 23.5-acre lake, inside a 153-acre park. The park has (4) four entrances, one at East Maple St. & Stoever St.; one at East Maple St. & North 3rd. Ave.; one at East Maple St. & Theater Dr. and one at Miller St., which can be reached either by North 8th Ave., or North 7th St. (Rt.#343) and following the signs.
The Stoever’s Dam Park offers it’s visitors; two softball fields, community garden plots, interpretive nature trails, fishing, boating, a camping area (primitive sites) for tents and RV campers, (camping overnight by permit only), picnic areas with benches and fire rings, a covered pavilion which can be reserved by calling the City Recreation Department, wetland areas for nature observation, a walking path that goes around the lake, and a nature center.
The “Nature Barn”, a 125 year old farm barn, is located at the Miller St. entrance. It features a large variety of displays of field and fauna, several small meeting rooms, which can be reserved, and an in-house green house. Many different types of programs are also run through the year by the City of Lebanon Recreation department. Located just west of the nature barn you will find the Memorial Arboretum featuring a nice variety of trees and plantings
The history of Stoever’s goes back to the 1700’s, and can be traced to 1821, when Abraham Light, the grandson of the original farm owner Martin Light, sold the farm to John Stoever, from which the dam gets it’s name.Northeast section of the Lebanon, with entrances on north Third Avenue, Miller Street and Stoever Street. With 156 acres, the park features a Nature Barn, Community Theatre, picnic and camping areas, pavilions, boat ramps, fishing, handicapped fishing area, two softball fields, nature trails and memorial arbor.
Lebanon PA – The Swatara Creek Water Trail is a 60 mile water trail from Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, through Lebanon County, to the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s access in Middletown, Dauphin County. Travel through farm lands, Union Canal locks, forested riparian buffers, the Appalachian Trail and abandoned railroad and bridges, limestone outcrops, and the only lava deposits in the state.
Public access points in Lebanon County are located at Swatara State Park, Jonestown KOA Camp Ground and the Swatara Creek Watershed Association Waterworks Access, north of Annville.
Lebanon, PA – Situated on 109 acres of meadows and woods, you will find the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the U.S – The Union Canal. The canal, proposed by William Perm as early as 1690, was desired to tap the agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth and to give access to a second settlement on the Susquehanna. The Tunnel was completed in 1827 and today is a treasured National Historic Landmark.
Visitors can walk on the towpath once trodden by mules, picnic at the mouth of the tunnel, or climb the marked trails through the wooded hill adjacent to the canal. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Boat rides on the canal and through the tunnel are available Sundays during the months of June through October, from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children from 6-14 and younger children are free.