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Hiking Tours

Discover your own Backyard Hike 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. Many of our hikes feature guest guides who will highlight something of particular interest during your adventure.   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 – Moderate Difficult
Saturday, April 16, 2022 - 10:30am-1:30pm
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? Come explore Wind Cave with us.  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. The hike up to the cave and back is about a mile and a half.  To enter and navigate the cave, you will have to do some bending and twisting.  Flashlights (headlamps work best), sturdy footwear, long sleeves and pants required.   The temperature inside the cave will be about 55 degrees.  Hard hats are provided.

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

The Civil War Comes to Wrightsville – Easy Hike

Sunday, April 24, 2022 - 1:00-4:00pm
Join Shank’s Mare and guest leader, Civil War enthusiast and author 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. Wrightsville was a turning point in the Civil War, and you will be intrigued to see how many areas of the town are much the same as this crucial period in our history over 150 years ago.  And here's a great idea.  Enjoy brunch at The John Wright Restaurant before the hike - give them a call (717-252-0416) to make a reservation and enjoy a lovely day in the Trail Town of Wrightsville.
Hike reservations required....just click on the link above.

Fee – includes hike, expert guide and lecture - $27/Person 


Crush the Calories Black Friday Hike - Easy

Black Friday, November 25, 2022 - 10:30am-12:30pm
Enjoy a new tradition at Shank's Mare and join us for our Crush the Calories Black Friday Hike.  Who doesn't need some exercise to work off that Thanksgiving meal.  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.  

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.