LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail


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LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Cumberland
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: LeTort Spring Run Park and S. Spring Garden St.
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016999
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail Description

The short, tranquil LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, LeTort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails. Bring your fishing gear; the LeTort is one of the finest limestone spring trout streams in the nation.

From LeTrot Spring Run Park, the trail traces the stream for a short distance then detours around some private property by following East Willow Court to South Bedford Street. At the end of South Bedford the rail-trail picks up again on the edge of the wood line behind Lamberton Middle School. From here, the trail follows the banks of the LeTort to S. Spring Garden Road.

The LeTort Spring Run and the surrounding woods and meadows provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, from field mice to whitetail deer, ducks and geese and, of course, the highly selective LeTort brown trout.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the LeTrot Spring Run Park trailhead from PA Route 74 (East High Street) in Carlisle, turn onto South Spring Garden Street. Turn right onto East Pomfret Street and enter the park on your left. Follow the driveway along the banks of the LeTort Spring Run to the end. The trail begins just across the small bridge.

To access the Bonnybrook Road trailhead from PA Route 74 in Carlisle, turn onto South Spring Garden Street. Continue to Bonnybrook Road and turn right. There is parking just over the stone arch bridge.

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail Reviews

To avoid the streets, join the trail at the north side of Lamberton Middle School (Noble and Hanover-Rt 34). It is 1.75 miles to the southern terminus. Pretty, well-shaded and well-maintained. Quiet for a suburban trail once you cross under I-81.

The first quarter mile is through the suburbs of Carlisle. For another half mile the sound of the highway is louder than the sounds of nature, add to that the planes flying overhead every five minutes. You are more than halfway through the trail before you can even enjoy it. If you're looking to detach yourself this is NOT the place to go.

If you begin this trail from the north trail head (Letort Park), it becomes a bit confusing a short distance in - where you must leave the trail and walk along S. Bedford St. The trail is marked through a wooded area, but then dumps you out in an open field with no clear direction on how to get to Bedford St. Be alert!


This trail has been upgraded in the past year to include two brand new wider bridges and what was once a narrow footpath is now a full trail wide enough for side by side bicycling.

My 7 year old daughter rode this today as her first biking trail ride. She loved it. It was bumpy at places but overall a perfect trail for her to starting riding on non-paved surfaces. We will definitely do it again.

Great little trail, it's actually been extended a bit more than what the map here shows, it runs all the way out to Spring Garden St now.

This is a nice little trail that starts out behind the Lamberton Middle School in Carlisle. It becomes very quiet and scenic once you leave Carlisle with glimpses of wildlife and the LeTort. Great for short walks with the kids or dog.

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