On The Move in Franklin County

On The Move in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau announced the release of its newest publication On the Move in Franklin County, featuring year-long recreation for the whole family. The guide, available in print and online here, features year-long fun including skydiving, golfing, visiting the local environmental centers, fly-fishing, tennis, yoga, hydrotherapy floats, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, swimming and much more!

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, Franklin County compliments four-seasons of outdoor enjoyment. It is home to two national trails— the Appalachian Trail and the Tuscarora Trail, four PA State Parks and the lands of two state forests. Topping off the plentiful state and national trail options are more than three dozen municipal and local recreation areas throughout Franklin County. Whether seeking a family-friendly day of connecting with nature, taking to a quiet trail or meeting an intense outdoor challenge, Franklin County is the spot.

Franklin County contains all or part of four state parks, including Mont Alto State Park and Caledonia State Park, which are the oldest existing parks in the state. These parks are at the heart of the Pennsylvania conservation efforts and the forest lands are tied to Joseph Trimble Rothrock, the first Pennsylvania Forestry Commissioner, who was an advocate for conservation and helped found the Mont Alto Forestry School, now Penn State Mont Alto.

Other local parks and forests that have beautiful views for hiking includes Buchanan Birthplace State Park, where a large monument for Mercersburg-native and former President James Buchanan stands as well as nearly 19 acres of forest. Enjoy ice-skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing on the lake at Cowans Gap State Park in the snowy months.

Winter is a great time to hit the trails of Whitetail Resort on skis, snowboards or even by snow tube! The resort, located in Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains in Mercersburg, has 23 different trails from beginner hills to more advanced trails. Whitetail has gone through several renovations over the years, including longer trails, lighting on terrain for night skiing, halfpipe, a terrain park and snow tubing park with 10 lanes.

On the Move joins the seven yearly specialty publications that the Franklin County Visitors Bureau produces in their mission to promote the county, including the Franklin County Visitors Guide, Military Trail of History Guide, Fresh Food & Dining Guide, Franklin County Wedding & Event Planner and more!

Ring in the New Year at Whitetail Ski Resort

Whitetail Ski Resort is open for the season. New for the season is the 31,000-sq. ft. dining expansion in the Base Lodge. The expansion includes Daybreak Café for warm beverages and baked treats, The Marketplace for burgers, salads, and deli sandwiches, plus a new brick-oven pizzeria, Mountain Hearth Pizzeria. In addition to a variety of pizza, stromboli, and calzones, Mountain Hearth Pizzeria offers lasagna, manicotti and a variety of pasta dishes. On the second level, Solstice is a full-service restaurant overlooking the slopes with a close-up view of skiers on the mountain.

For Whitetail’s annual New Years Eve party, on December 31, Solstice is offering a special menu, including entrees of lobster tail, stuffed pork chops, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, crab cake, and vegetable napoleon. Outdoors the celebration includes a bonfire at 9 PM and music by the DC-area Retrospect Band. At midnight, the Tuscarora mountainside lights up with a fantastic fireworks display. Skiing and tubing go until 1 AM.

Whitetail Resort is a year-round destination, offering Summer Adventure Kid’s Camps, golfing on the Whitetail Course, and fly fishing at the Dusty Wissmath’s Fly Fishing School and Guide Service. Whitetail Resort opened for skiing on Two Top Mountain of the Tuscarora Mountain chain in 1991. Whitetail Resort is a subsidiary of Snow Time Inc. and the sister resort of Liberty Mountain Resort and Roundtop Mountain Resort.