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Get Outside with Smith Mountain Outdoors!

Published August 29, 2013

Long weekends are just perfect for exploring, aren’t they? I was always have mixed feelings about Labor Day marking the end of the summer. The days of flip-flops and sunkissed skin might soon be over, but that means that the crispness of fall will soon be here.

Hosted by the South Mountain Partnership, South Mountain Outdoors is a series of outdoor activities, recreational events and more celebrating all that the South Mountain region has to offer. There are events and destinations spanning Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York Counties. You can see the full schedule of events here, but I’ll highlight a couple below:

The Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail have put together a handful of amazing bus tours to feature their partners. Tours are available on both Saturday and Sunday:
Family Fun Tour – features Paulus Orchards, Field of Adventure, Boyer’s Orchard & Nursery, Historic Round Barn, and Hollabaugh Brothers Market.

Saturday (8/30) – 11am
Sunday (8/31) – noon
Departs from Giant Foods Shopping Lot, Rt. 15 North, Dillsburg

A-B-C Tour (Arendstville, Buchanan Valley, Carlisle)
Features Pheasant Field B&B, McDannell’s Fruit Farm & Market, the N.E.W. A’ville Inn, Hauser Winery, Reid’s Home Winery

Saturday (8/30) – 10:30am
Sunday (8/31) – noon
Departs from Wal-Mart Shopping Center, Carlisle Pike, Carlisle

Country Life Tour
Features the Martin House B&B, Round Barn (Saturday) or Boyer’s Orchard (Sunday), Oyler’s Organic Farms & Market, Hauser, Reid’s Winery

Saturday (8/30) – 11 am
Sunday (8/31) – noon
Departs Fairfield School, Main Street, Fairfield

Grape to Grain Tour
Features Bull Valley B&B, Hauser (Cashtown), A’Ville Inn (beer samples), Reid’s Winery, Hollabaugh Brothers Market

Saturday (8/30) – 11 am
Sunday (8/31) – noon
Departs Biglerville High School, Biglerville

Around Town Tour
Features Mary Penn B&B, Reid’s Orchard & Winery (Jennie’s House), Hauser (19 Lincoln Square), the Martin House B&B and (Saturday only) Gettysburg Farmers Market (Good Intent Cider and Hollabaugh) and (Sunday only) Oyler’s Organic Farms & Market.

Saturday – 10 am
Sunday – noon
Departs Wal-Mart, Route 30, Gettysburg

Dickinson College Farm – Boiling Springs
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the USDA-certified organic 50-acre Dickinson College Farm, Saturday 8/31 at 10am. Learn about the farm’s vegetable production, animal pasturage, and sustainable energy technologies. Limited to 50 participants and pre-registration is required.

3rd Annual Sticky Buns Appalachian Trail Hike – Boiling Springs
Join the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club on Saturday morning (8/31) for an easy three-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail and celebrate your morning hike afterwards with free sticky buns from the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse. Hike departs from the Fisherman’s Parking Lot at the south end of Children’s Lake Saturday (8/31) at 9 am.
Hike limited to 25 participants – call 717 258 5771 to register.

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