Photo by Loy Elliott

Recreational Resources

Some 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the nation’s premier long-distance hiking trail, pass through the heart of the South Mountain landscape, and hundreds of miles of additional hiking trails can be found. The region is a fly-fishing paradise, with famous spring-fed fishing streams. Biking, bird-watching, Civil War battlefield tours and museums, “agri-tourism,” and more – the South Mountain landscape offers a diversity of recreation to appeal to almost any taste, and given its proximity to major population centers, it is emerging as a veritable outdoor playground.

Recreational opportunities highlight a region’s natural, cultural, and economic resources, and the Partnership believes that investments in recreation are critical to rooting communities within the landscape. As such, the Partnership works to sustain the South Mountain region as a regional hub for outdoor recreation through sustainable stewardship of existing recreational infrastructure and well-planned additions to this infrastructure.

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