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The Best Backpacking in Harrisburg

Looking for the best backpacking in Harrisburg? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Harrisburg. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Harrisburg

  • Carlisle, Pennsylvania

    Cumberland Valley Overlook Via Appalachian Trail

    4.67 mi / 702 ft gain
    Cumberland Valley Overlook Via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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  • Jonestown, Pennsylvania

    Appalachian Trail: Swatara Gap to 501 Shelter

    22.88 mi / 2064 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Swatara Gap to 501 Shelter is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Jonestown, Pennsylvania.
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  • Newville, Pennsylvania

    Camp at Tom's Run Shelter

    3 mi / 85 ft gain
    Starting from the small parking area on Bunkerhill Rd, head north (turn right) onto Michaux Rd. After about 1/3 of a mile you will reach the Appalachian Trail where you will want to head west (turn left).This will lead you on a leisurely hike through the woods (follow the white blazes). It won't ...
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  • Bethel, Pennsylvania

    Hertline Shelter via Appalachian Trail

    10.93 mi / 1135 ft gain
    Hertline Shelter via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.
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  • Bethel, Pennsylvania

    Appalachian Trail: Blue Mountain Ridge to Port Clinton

    14.28 mi / 837 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Blue Mountain Ridge to Port Clinton is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.
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  • Fayetteville, Pennsylvania

    Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road

    10 mi / 1437 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Fayetteville, Pennsylvania.
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  • Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

    Appalachian Trail: Penn Mar to DE Water Gap

    216.99 mi / 24511 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Penn Mar to DE Water Gap is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
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