Ned Smith Center Lands and Trails

It’s hunting season.  Public hunting IS PERMITTED in certain areas of our trails, (click here for details),  so we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE anyone who is hiking our trails to wear orange for safety. The Center does have a limited amount of orange vests available in the gift shop that we are happy to loan – simply stop in to borrow one.

Located on the outskirts of historic Millersburg, the Ned Smith Center Lands and Trails encompass more than 500 acres of forest and meadow that stretch from the scenic Wiconisco Creek to the top of Berry’s Mountain.  The land includes a mature hardwood forest alive with deer, bear, wild turkey, grouse, fox, along with hundreds of species of songbirds, insects and reptiles.

Click the image below to see a larger version of our trail map.  For a printable version of this map, click here.

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About our Lands and Trails

The Center’s lands lie within the corridor for the annual fall migration of hawks, eagles and falcons.  Also, nearby is the Susquehanna River, famed for its smallmouth bass fishing and waterfowl migration.

This trail system is within the Millersburg Watershed.  Please treat the land with care in order to protect our water supply.

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

Things to Remember

The Ned Smith Lands and Trails are open to the public at no charge – we invite you to enjoy them responsibly and at your own risk.  We remind you of the following:

  • No motorized vehicles OF ANY KIND are permitted on Ned Smith Center lands excepting conveyances for handicapped persons.
  • Please park in designated areas only.
  • Please report any areas or trail conditions needing attention to the Center by calling 717-692-3699 or email us at info@nedsmithcenter.org
  • Caution on the trail: Leaves of three, let it be.  Poison ivy grows in abundance on our lands and can often be seen as a large, hairy vine growing up tree trunks.  Its berries are a very important bird and mammal food.
  • There are two ADA-accessible trails: one is located at the base of Berry’s Mountain on the Rail Trail and the other is the North Trails System, adjacent to the Center on the Short Loop.  These trails are also great for families with strollers!
  • Hunting is permitted in certain areas of our lands. Please click here to learn more about public hunting on the Center’s lands.

Parking and Access Roads

In addition to the parking lot located at the Ned Smith Center, there are several access road options to reach the Ned Smith Center Lands and Trails.

To Top of Berry’s Mountain:

From the SOUTH: Travel PA Route 147 around the head of Berry’s Mountain.  After passing a gas station/mini market on the right, turn right onto Center Street for one block.  Turn RIGHT onto South Market Street, continuing up the hill to beyond Lenkerville Elementary School.  Follow the bend in the road to the left for one block.  Turn RIGHT onto Berry Mountain Road and continue to the top of the mountain to the “No Winter Maintenance” sign.  There will be a small parking area ahead on the right, and the Berry’s Mountain Trail trailhead will be on the left.  Look for the blue blazes.

From the Square in Millersburg: Travel PA Route 147 South across the Wiconisco Creek Bridge and turn LEFT onto South Market Street.  Follow the directions above.

To East End of Rail Trail:

From the Ned Smith Center: Travel Water Company Road past the Wiconisco Creek County Park.  Proceed for a half-mile to the stop sign, turn RIGHT onto Woodside Station Road.  After crossing the Wiconisco Crek, proceed to the right, up the hill and onto an unpaved road.  The abandoned railroad bed will be on the left (past private land on the right to a residence).  Park in an available space without blocking the gate.

Happy Trails!

Ned Smith Center