Summertime Splash Spots in Harrisburg & West Shore

By Jen Mulliken - Hike it Baby, Harrisburg July 9, 2019

Summertime always brings lots of excitement, but it also brings with it lots of heat!  

With Hike it Baby, we encourage getting outside all year round and the summer is the perfect time to check out some local waterways for creek stomping and exploration.  Not only will it provide countless hours of fun for your kids outdoors, you’ll stay cool while doing it too.

Check out this list of our local favorite spots:

Little Buffalo State Park - Newport
This park can be found at 1579 State Park Road Newport, PA 17074-9428.  The one mile Little Buffalo Creek Trail will give you the beauty and sounds of water and good opportunities for viewing wildlife.  Be sure to also check out Holman Lake for bird watching and see how many types of fish you can spot.

Five Senses Garden - Harrisburg
Located on part of the Capital Area Greenbelt (40.251855, -76.838293), enjoy the shade of the trees while exploring the garden with all of your senses heightened and don’t forget to take a splash or two in Spring Creek as it winds through the park.

LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail - Carlisle
Park near the baseball fields at 260 E Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013, enjoy a quick game of toss, warm up while climbing on the playground equipment and then cool down in the refreshing waters of LeTort Spring Run.

Hidden Creek Park - Mechanicsburg
There’s so much to do at this park - run in the field, climb on the playground equipment and of course, explore in the Conodoguinet Creek!  It’s located at 50 Millfording Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

Siebert Park - Camp Hill
Head to 427 N 25th St, Camp Hill, PA 17011 and park by the pool.  From there, look for the trail head near the big grassy hill.  Follow this trail for many access points to a small creek or continue along, cross the road and splash around in the Conodoguinet Creek.  You can also save yourself the hike and park along the 2100 block of Creek Rd for easy access to the Conodoguinet.

Adam’s Ricci Park - Enola
This is an 82 acre park found at 100 East Penn Drive, Enola. Park near the Keystone Pavilion or the West Enola Pavilion and start walking on the Nature Trail.  Along this trail you will find a concrete access point to the Conodoguinet Creek.

Hike it Baby is a non-profit organization dedicated to building communities that support getting outside with children from birth to school age. Their purpose is to provide support to families as they get into nature whenever they feel ready. We are raising a generation to love the outdoors.  If you love getting out on hikes with your little ones, or you are hesitant to do so and would like support, join Hike It Baby Harrisburg. We are a friendly and all-inclusive community, where all abilities and ages are welcome in a judgement-free zone to enjoy each other’s company, be healthy, and expose our children to the wonders of nature.