A perfect way to enjoy all that the Letort Spring Run has to offer is to hike, run or bike the Letort Nature Trail. The 2.5-mile trail is easy to access at Letort Park off East Pomfret Street, Lamberton Middle School off South Hanover Street and Bonnybrook Road, all in Carlisle Borough, and South Spring Garden Street in South Middleton Township.

The Letort Nature Trail generally follows the Letort Spring Run and its “left branch” tributary for over two miles. A short portion of the trail follows South Bedford Street. The all-weather stone surface is eight to 10 feet wide and provides an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible trail that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The flat grade can be negotiated by young and old alike. Families enjoy a variety of activities along the trail.

The trail features eight interpretive signs designed to enhance users’ educational experience and enjoyment of the trail. The signs highlight the watershed, ecology and geology of the Letort Spring Run; fly fishing in the Class A Wild Trout Stream; a Civil War skirmish that took place along the Letort Spring Run, and other information.

Distance markers are installed every half-mile along the trail to help you measure how far you walk and accurately identify where you are.

In 2016, Carlisle Garden Club members completed a 4,000-square-foot, native plant garden in Letort Park, in partnership with the Borough of Carlisle’s Parks and Recreation Department and the LRA. The garden beautifies the area and reduces erosion near the Letort Spring Run.

The varied habitats along the trail provide an excellent opportunity for birding and spotting other wildlife. Most notably, the trail provides access to some of the best fly fishing found anywhere. Cumberland County residents and visitors can just get out in nature and enjoy a little exercise.

Come enjoy the trail and get to know the Letort Spring Run, a unique gem in the heart of Cumberland County.

Letort Nature Trail MapWatershed Map