Our goal is to make a clean sweep of Cave Hill, including bagging all the litter on two priority sites, to protect the environment, restore the dignity of this 50-year Nature Center and reclaim opportunities for outdoor recreation at the park. Afterwards, we’ll seed the sites with native bushes and wildflowers to finish the job. Caves and sinkholes, like those at Cave Hill just upstream of Carlisle’s water plant on the Conodoguinet, are unique natural resources and shouldn't become conduits of contamination. Volunteers will learn about plants, animals, and geology and get to explore Cave Hill. Please join us when you can between 11am and 4pm on Saturday at the Cave Hill parking lot next to Bekins Moving to act on the importance of the environment, community, and public lands in your life! Bags, gloves, Brad’s pizza, hot dogs and cider will be provided. Learn more about Cave Hill Park and Nature Center at CaveHillCarlisle.org or call Ben at (717)961-6990
The National Speleological Society is a not for profit organization dedicated to the study, conservation, exploration and knowledge of caves. This year, the NSS Annual Convention will be held just down the road in Shippensburg, PA. Cavers from across the country will be visiting Conodoguinet Cave and other local caves during the week. Our state has over 1500 caves and rock shelters and some of the oldest grottos, or caving organizations, in the nation. This conference is an opportunity to share with the public the ecological and recreational importance of caves and the sensitivity and need for conservation of all karst features.
A turning point for Cave Hill took place 50 years ago--July 23, 1963--when the Carlisle Kiwanis Club, led by five members, finalized a transfer of the former trolley park, owned by the Turnpike since 1938, to donate to Carlisle Borough. Despite the $2500 pricetag, then the equivalent of $20,000, the organization was driven to preserve the local landmark and keep it open to the public.
Today CaveHillCarlisle volunteers are addressing litter, improving trails, and stewarding natural resources. You can contribute by contributing your time or expertise and by letting the Borough know that you support Cave Hill!
The Sentinel reports that the Longs Gap Road bridge, built in 1954 and deemed functionally obsolete by PennDOT, will be closed through mid-September for rehabilitation.
While the concrete bridge is yet to mark its 60th year, its predecessor was in service for 120 years. Constructed by Samuel Alexander in 1834 and named Alexanders Bridge, the 100 yard-long, wooden, covered bridge led horses, wagons and eventually automobiles across the Conodoguinet in the same location as today, just south of Cave Hill on Longs Gap Road. The bridge was a popular attraction and source of pride and heritage for Carlisle residents, appearing frequently in photos of town and family albums. While it withstood severe floods, a catastrophic fire destroyed Alexanders Bridge in 1953. Today, only the Grantham and Newburg covered bridges remain in the county.
Should the Conodoguinet Creek at Cave Hill be catch and release only? How could or should parking be improved?
These and other questions are being considered in development of the Cave Hill Nature Center Park Rehabilitation and Development Plan. Public input is essential to the plan, so if you have something to say or are interested in participating as a volunteer in the development or implementation of the plan, please email us at email@example.com or use this website's Contact page.
North Middleton Police Department periodically enforces a no-parking policy at Cave Hill Nature Center, issuing citations for $108 related to a "No Parking" sign intended for the UGI Pipeline and Bekins Ace Moving and located to the right of the lot.
Walking and bicycling are the best ways to visit Cave Hill Nature Center but if you must park there, our advice is to park as far to the left as possible and at least 10 yards from the sign, or well off the road on the Turnpike emergency access ramp further down Cave Hill Drive.
We are cooperating with North Middleton Police to identify better ways of addressing security at Cave Hill without discouraging use by or compromising the experiences of law-abiding citizens. You can help by stating your support or sharing stories about how you enjoy Cave Hill.
If you've received or receive a citation for parking at Cave Hill, please let us know on our Contact page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org