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Hiking Tours

Hike & Hot Meal Series


No matter what time of year, we want to give you reasons to GO PLAY OUTSIDE. Our hike series will take you to various trails in the river hills and hopefully expose you to some of the best kept secrets right in your own backyard. Our hikes include a shuttle if needed, guide and a meal or snack depending on the program. Each hike is marked with its degree of difficulty. Don’t stay inside…GO PLAY OUTSIDE!
You can register online for programs by clicking on the title or by phone at 717-252-1616.

Wind Cave Exploration, Hike & Lunch – Moderate Difficulty


Saturday, April 27 or November 9, 2019 - 11:00am-2:30pm

Did you know that the Lower Susquehanna is the site of a tectonic cave – a cavern formed by layers of shifting rock versus the typical limestone and water formation? Following a hike to the entrance, enter the cave and explore the twists and turns of this unique formation located on the Conestoga Trail in Lancaster County. Following your spelunking adventure you will enjoy a hearty hot lunch back at Shank’s Mare.

Fee – includes shuttle, guided hike & cave tour, and lunch - $45/Person

(Participants need to bring a flashlight (headlamps work the best).  BYOB permissible to enjoy with meal).

Crush the Calories Black Friday Hike - Easy

Black Friday, November 29, 2019 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Enjoy a new tradition at Shank's Mare and join us for our Crush the Calories Black Friday Hike.  The holiday weekend is a great time to spend with family and friends, and who doesn't need some exercise to work off that Thanksgiving meal.  Forget the Black Friday crowds and join us for a guided hike through the river hills along the Susquehanna.  This is a free program, but we ask that you bring a donation of canned or packaged food for our annual Holiday Food Drive.  Dress for the weather.  Kids and dogs are welcome.  We'll have hot cider on your return to Shank's Mare. 

Free program but please register so we know how many will join us. A donation of canned or packaged food to our Holiday Food Drive is appreciated.

A Taste of Disc Golf Play & Lunch

Sat. Feb. 1 or Sat. March 14, 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm – Moderate Hike

We have a beautiful 18-hole disc golf course just up the road from Shank’s Mare at Kline’s Run Park.  This park with rolling hills and lots of foliage offers a challenging round of disc golf and hiking at the same time!  Follow our guide as you try your hand at this fun sport.  Then head to Shank’s Mare for a hearty hot lunch afterwards.

Fee–includes disc starter set & lunch - $35/Person (Deduct $20 if you have your own discs).

To the Dogs Hike & Lunch

Sat. Feb. 29, 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm

Back by popular demand…our guided hike with man’s & woman’s best friend!  Grab your leashes and your dog and head down to Shank’s Mare for a guided hike on the Mason-Dixon Trail.  This beautiful trail overlooks the river and offers the perfect place for a winter hike with your favorite dog.  Then, head back to Shank’s Mare for a hearty hot lunch.

Fee – includes donation to our local animal shelter and hot lunch - $25/Person

The Civil War Comes to Wrightsville – Easy Hike

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm

Join Shank’s Mare and guest leader Scott Mingus Sr. to hike the streets of Wrightsville and trace the steps of the Civil War conflict as it comes to the Susquehanna.  You’ll venture into little know areas of the town and see where the Union and Confederate troops positioned themselves prior to the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.  You’ll hear interesting stories of the town’s people, local militia, and military troops.  Following the hike, head back to Shank’s Mare for a hearty hot lunch.  Reservations required.

Fee – includes guided hike and hot lunch - $37/Person 


WorkOutdoors Series


New WorkOutdoors Exercise Programs at Shank’s Mare

We are pleased to introduce a new series of programs at Shank’s Mare designed to combine physical fitness routines with the benefits of being outdoors.  These programs are led by Shank’s Mare staffer and certified physical trainer Heather Geare.  Watch for additional programs…here’s our start!

Highpoint Hike with Balance & Stability WorkOutdoors

Sun. November 24 or December 8, 2019, 10:00am-Noon

Meet at the trailhead for Highpoint Scenic Vista just south of Wrightsville.  Tackle an invigorating hike to the peak of Highpoint where you will marvel at a spectacular view of the river hills.  With this as your backdrop, follow your guide and instructor, Heather Geare, in an exercise session designed to improve balance and stability.  Balance is your ability to control your body without movement against gravity. Stability is your ability to control your body during movement.

Both balance and stability are important areas to focus on because they ensure that we can control our bodies during a particular movement.  Following your hike back down the trail, head just a few minutes down the road to Shank’s Mare and top off your morning with special brews and teas that promote wellness.  Fresh air, beneficial exercise, and soothing refreshments…what a way to begin your day!

Fee – includes hike, instruction, and refreshments - $25/Person.