Photo by Loy Elliott

Letort Headwaters Tour: Walking Tour of the Historic Watercress Farm

 

Within the Cumberland Valley lay some of the world’s most popular fl y fishing spring-fed creeks – Letort, Falling Springs, Yellow Breeches, plus more! Thanks to the natural bounty and cultural history of the Cumberland Valley, the Letort Spring Run is perhaps one of the most historic trout streams. Local communities like Carlisle were established here because the Letort Spring Run provided them with what was needed to survive and prosper. Now known almost exclusively for worldclass fly fishing, the communities’ historic reliance on the Letort Spring Run has been largely forgotten.

 

Join us for a walking tour to learn about this unique property’s many layers of value – the layers of historic and cultural, agricultural, ecological, and recreational qualities while also learning more about Central Pennsylvania Conservancy’s work to purchase, restore, and preserve this natural mecca of consistent, cool water that hosts remarkable vegetation, insects, and fish populations.

Optional: Stay with us after the tour for dinner – bring $10 for a wood fi red oven-artisan pizza!
 
Tour begins at 6:00pm – Wear pants and sneakers or hiking boots
Tour will last approximately 45 minutes; restroom available
 
In collaboration with Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, Cumberland County Historical Society, and Letort Regional Authority.

 

DIRECTIONS:

From I-81 Exit 47/47A:
Take R34/South Hanover St/Holly Pike south approximately 0.7miles and make a left onto Bonnybrook Rd at Highlands’ Tire and Service. Pass 0.8miles over a stone arch bridge on the west branch Letort and up the hill. Take a left onto S Spring Garden St. Proceed 0.6 miles, passing part of the old watercress farm on the left, then make a left onto a grass lane. Look for tour signage.

From Carlisle Giant:
Proceed South on S Spring Garden St. From the intersection with Union Quarries in approximately 1.2miles, continue 0.2 miles to a grass lane on the right. Look for tour signage.

Google maps link to hyperlink the 985 S. Spring Garden St. address:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/”/985+S+Spring+Garden+St,+Carlisle,+PA+17015/@40.1781781,-77.1820055,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c8e1e8b248616f:0x9f6c57899d700c4d!2m2!1d-77.1798167!2d40.178174!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c8e1e8b248616f:0x9f6c57899d700c4d!2m2!1d-77.179817!2d40.178174?hl=en

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