Hiking Trail for Summer

family Hiking Trail for Summer

Finding the perfect hiking trail to spend a summer day or weekend isn’t easy. Fortunately, Pennsylvania is full of magnificent trails. We here at H&H Cadillac know of a hiking trail for summer that you won’t want to miss out on.

Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Stretching a massive 62 miles from Wellsboro Junction to Jersey Shore, the Pine Creek Rail Trail offers a hiking experience unlike any other. The trail is one of the most popular in all of Pennsylvania so you know it’s got to be something magnificent.

Visitors can travel by bike or foot. There are a variety of trails available. The shortest trail is just 0.6 of a mile while the longest is 7.7 miles and reaches from Wellsboro junction to Ansonia. A two percent grade makes it a relaxing trail to hike and bike on. Horses are welcome on the trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton.

The trails travels through, past, and around some of the most wonderful sights that Pennsylvania has to offer. Points of interest include waterfalls, flower fields, and Pine Creek Gorge. Wooden bridges offer a rustic biking and hiking experience.

Camping is allowed, but you’ll need a permit to do so legally. However, cell phone service is nonexistent throughout most of the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Get out there and enjoy nature as it was meant to be experienced.

Escape the Everyday with These Off-the-Grid Road Trips

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Here in Pennsylvania, we are familiar with the same-old, same-old destinations: a trip to Hershey Park, a D.C. weekend, a Pittsburgh afternoon for one of those black-and-yellow professional sports games. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with these spots, sometimes it’s nice to experience something new, something wild, something unique.

 

Our H&H Chevrolet “fun experts” have whipped together our top-three off-the-grid road trips right here in Pennsylvania so you can end your summer with a bang.

 

Blakeslee Natural Area

130 acres of largely untouched and protected wild land means that at the Blakeslee Natural Area you’ll see a side of the Quaker State rarely seen since the Quakers roamed free. If you come here, don’t be afraid to get muddy!

 

Where can I find Blakeslee Natural Area?

Input “20 PA-115, Blakeslee, PA 18610” into your Maps app.

 

Susquehannock State Forest

This is a perfect spot for the adventurous. With ample trails for hiking and biking and access to horseback riding paths, you won’t want for activities at Susquehannock State Forest!

 

Where can I find Susquehannock State Forest?

Input “3150 East 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915” into your Maps app.

 

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

If you take the drive to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, prepare your eyeballs for the some of the most stunning vistas you’ve ever seen. Ornithologists, bird-watchers, and just casual fans of our feathered friends will love Hawk Mountain for obvious reasons (see name of locale).

 

Where can I find Hawk Mountain Sanctuary?

Input “1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529” into your Maps app.

 

Need an off-the-grid kind of vehicle for one of these off-the-grid road trips? Visit us at H&H Chevrolet to check out our huge selection of Chevy crossovers, trucks, and SUVs.

Spend a Beautiful Afternoon at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

At H&H Chevrolet, we love to highlight some of the lesser-known destinations across Pennsylvania that we believe families in our community would enjoy visiting. One such spot is the gorgeous Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Jim Thorpe, about two and half hours from Shippensburg.

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is an idyllic location to idle away an afternoon spotting colorful butterflies, exotic frogs, and wildflowers and learning all about wildlife and habitat conservation. You can sign your family up for a guided tour with one of Bear Mountain’s experienced staff members or you can wander the delightful “Flutterarium” on your own.

While you’re at Bear Mountain, you must:

Take the time to stand still — the curious butterflies will without a doubt land on you to say hello!

Get up close with real poison dart frogs — have no fear; in captivity, they are completely non-toxic.

Check out one of their daily events — there is always something exciting happening here, from Birds of Prey exhibitions to kid-friendly Treasure Hunts. See their monthly Event Calendar for details.

Take home some Milkweed to plant — this is the Monarch Butterfly’s favorite food, and it’s becoming harder and harder to come by. Help Bear Mountain’s efforts to re-grow Monarch habitats right here in Shippensburg!

Need a new vehicle to haul all that Milkweed seed? H&H Chevrolet has plenty of cars and trucks to choose from — stop by to see our selection today!

Best Small Towns to Visit in Pennsylvania in the Summer

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Pennsylvania has some of the best tourist cities in America—Philly, Pittsburgh, the capital Harrisburg—but the small towns have a lot going for them to, especially during the summer. Filled with beautiful parks, street festivals, markets, and more, these towns are the perfect place to take a day trip.

One of the best small towns to visit in Pennsylvania during the summer is Mt. Gretna, a tiny town of just 200 residents where you can see the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show and the Summer Craft Market. If antiques are more your thing, check out the Summer Antiques Market in Eagles Mere, along with their Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

Renovo is another gorgeous spot, where you can go to the beach, hike, or check out the many activities in town. Outdoor lovers will also enjoy a trip to Hawley, where you can spend a day on a boat at Lake Wallenpaupeck or lounge by the water.

Check out Dushore in late August for their Founder’s Day festival, which makes the usually quiet town come alive. Finally, Ligonier is a beautiful historic town full of quaint shops and restaurants and an old-fashioned amusement park, and it’s the perfect place to go to feel transported back into the early 1900s.

From the staff at H&H Chevrolet, have a great trip and drive safe!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania (No Reservations Required)

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Pennsylvania is home to all kinds of beautiful campgrounds where you can enjoy the scenery, swim and fish, hike—no matter what you’re looking to do on your camping trip, you can do it at one of these beautiful Pennsylvania campgrounds!

One of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania is Ravensburg State Park, a pet-friendly spot where you and your furry best friend can splash through the water of Rauchtown Creek. Fowlers Hollow State Park is also pet-friendly and features plenty of amenities like flush toilets.

If you’re looking for great hiking and beautiful views from the top of a mountain, PA has you covered. Colton Point State Park overlooks a massive, lush valley, and Sara’s Campground in Erie sits right on Lake Erie, so you can get a perfect spot right on the beach by the lake.

Other great campgrounds that don’t require reservations are Riverside Campground in Montgomery, Penn-Roosevelt State Park in Huntingdon, and Patterson State Park in Coudersport. All of these offer beautiful waterfront views, provide modern bathrooms and other amenities, and secluded camping environments.

For camping tips and tricks like road trip safety, how to pack camping supplies in your car, and ideas for traveling with kids, just give us a call at H&H Chevrolet!

Ethnic Festivals in Pennsylvania

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If you’re looking for something fun, educational, and full of delicious food to do this summer, look no further than the many ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania. Celebrating a wide range of cultures and traditions, these festivals reflect the diversity of our great state.

Three festivals are going on just this weekend, so you have to decide fast! The Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival in Philadelphia, the Erie Pangryi Greek Festival in Erie, and the PDCD Italian StrEAT festival will all take place from July 8th to the 9th or 10th.

The weekend after that, the Berks Celtic Festival, day-long festival featuring live entertainment and authentic food, is coming up in Sinking Spring. Then check out the Himalayan Festival in Harrisburg, where you can watch Himalayan artists and musicians compete in a variety of contests from beauty pageants to film competitions.

The Hanover Dutch Festival will take place on July 29 and feature more than 300 vendors. A few festivals will take place in September too, like the Cambria City Ethnic Festival for East European culture, the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, and the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s many summer festivals or to find your perfect road trip car, give us a call at H&H Cadillac today.

Visit the Surrounding Areas We Service at H&H Chevrolet

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At H&H Chevrolet, we’re proud to serve some of the most historic, friendly towns in the Cumberland Valley area of south-central Pennsylvania. Located in Shippensburg, we serve the surrounding area including Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and Carlisle.

Shippensburg

Shippensburg is a borough in the Cumberland Valley and one of the oldest communities in Pennsylvania. This small town is home to Shippensburg University and a wealth of places to eat and things to do. Shippensburg was recognized as one of the best small towns in the US in Norman Crampton’s 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranked #27.

Chambersburg

Chambersburg survived Confederate burning in the 1800s and its historic buildings still stand today, like the Old Jail built in 1818. Chambersburg is the perfect place to visit to learn about local history, see a live show at the Capitol Theater, or head to Tuscarora Mountain Winery for a wine tasting.

Gettysburg

If you don’t live in Gettysburg, the first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about it are the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. And those are great reasons to visit this historic town, but there are plenty of other things to do too! Besides history, there are farmers markets, Reid’s Winery, and the Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.

Carlisle

Carlisle is home to Dickinson College and a thriving local artist community, from performers to brewers to antiquers. It also has a great hiking and outdoors scene, so if you’d rather spend your time in nature, visit the Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, the LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail, or the gardens at Cameron/Masland Mansion.

Top Places to Hike in PA: Get Outdoors Today

Now that summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails. There are a number of great locations in the area to visit, each of which offers a range of trails for both beginners and more advanced adventurers. For instance, you can learn more about the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail by reading on.

Top places to hike in PA - H&H Chevrolet - Shippensburg, PA

According to the Visit Cumberland website, one of the top places to hike in PA is the Appalachian Trail. This intense hike covers over 46 miles in the Cumberland Valley, and it’s actually one of the midway points for the extensive 2,189-mile trail. The Appalachian Trail is known for its difficulty—taking many people 6 months to traverse in total. However, the small portion that spreads across the Cumberland Valley is great for those looking for a weekend trip.

The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is also popular. This 11-mile hike is perfect for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. It connects Newville and Shippensburg, making it ideal for those who are new to hiking.

Check out the Pole Steeple Trail as well. This 0.75-mile trail is very difficult due to its steep conditions. Made from a quartzite outcrops, the Pole Steeple Trail is deceivingly short, one reason experienced hikers fall in love with the location. You also get great views of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Looking for a car to take you on your next adventure? Stop by H&H Chevrolet today.

Visiting Gettysburg in the Fall

Enjoy Gettysburg in the fall.

Enjoy Gettysburg in the fall.

There’s nothing quite like Gettysburg in the fall. The history, the haunted locales, the perfect weather, and the local apple cider all culminate into the perfect autumn destination, so that it’s no wonder October is one of Gettysburg’s busiest seasons!

Gettysburg in autumn is like a storybook fall. During this time of year, you can expect to see exquisitely colorful foliage lining the avenues and the parks. Local apple orchards are bursting with fruit, and the Gettysburg markets offer pies, apple butter, and cider. The weather is often crisp and sunny, with highs in the 60s and chilly nights that welcome warm sweaters and hot coco.

Fall is a great time to visit the Battlefield of Gettysburg whose 6,000 acres can be toured comfortable via bike or horseback in the cool weather. Families will enjoy going a little farther north to the Fields of Adventure, where kids and adults alike will have fun doing fall classics like tractor rides, pumpkin picking and a corn maze.

Like any town with a history, Gettysburg has its fair share of ghost stories. For the more daring visitors, spend an evening taking a haunted tour to learn about the spirits that still dwell on these old streets. After all, what better time to get spooked than right before Halloween?

Visit the Battlefield of Gettysburg

Learn about the Battlefield of Gettysburg

Learn about the Battlefield of Gettysburg

H&H Chevrolet is proud to call Gettysburg, Pennsylvania its home. Years ago, this historic city was also home to one of the biggest battles in American history. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought between the Union and the Confederacy from July 1st to July 3rd in 1863. It resulted in the largest amount of casualties of the entire Civil War. Many agree, however, that this battle was the turning point of the war. Today, the Battlefield of Gettysburg serves as a 6,000-acre Civil War military park that honors the thousands of soldiers that fought and gave their lives in this battle.

Learning about this significant battle is an important way to get more strongly acquainted with the country’s heritage. Conveniently, a visitor to the Battlefield of Gettysburg will find that there are multiple ways to tour the park and learn about this historic event. Choose from bus tours, carriage tours, segway tours or horseback tours.

Many different guided tours are available, and Civil War enthusiasts are happy to teach visitors everything they know. Before your schedule your tour, stop by the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center for a basic introduction to the battle and its significance in the war. The Visitors Center also displays a gigantic, 360-degree view of Pickett’s Charge, a must-see for all visitors.