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The Fielding Bank Trail gives residents of Boiling Springs access to a couple nearby parks without having to travel along local roads.
The trail begins at Walnut Street on the west end of town and meanders northwest through farm fields, treating users to scenic views of the bucolic countryside with South Mountain on the southern horizon.
The trail enters Spring Meadow Park at its southeast corner, about 1.5 miles northwest of town. Here, the trail splits in two and circles the perimeter of the large park, which consists of a couple meadows, picnic pavilions, a playground and athletic fields along with the well that serves as the source for much of the area's water supply.
The trail continues south of the park, paralleling an old stone wall and following the boundary between more farm fields and a woodland. After passing beneath Old York Road in a culvert tunnel, the trail crosses Yellow Breeches Creek into South Middleton Township Park and again joins a walking path that encircles this park. Here, users can enjoy observing nature along the creek and in some wetlands, play sports in the athletic fields and eat a picnic lunch. among other activities. The Yellow Breeches Creek is also shallow enough here that people can wade in it during the summer months.
The trail's surface is primarily crushed stone and gravel, though there are a couple small segments that are paved with asphalt, including in the tunnel beneath Old York Road. It is smooth and well-maintained and ideal for cyclists, walkers and parents pushing strollers, as well as wheelchair-friendly. Although there are some gradual slopes on small hills, there are no very steep segments.
In addition to connecting Boiling Springs and a couple subdivisions with two nearby parks, the Fielding Bank Trail provides a pleasant trip through the farmlands of the Cumberland Valley. Future connections to the nearby Appalachian Trail, LeTort Spring Run Trail and the Cumberland County Biker Hiker Trail are a possibility
Parking is available at Spring Meadows and South Middleton Township parks as well as along the streets of Boiling Springs
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