Recreation & Culture

Franklin County embodies the tagline “great moments along the way” by offering a wide variety of recreation and cultural opportunities, including:

  • Whitetail Resort (skiing/golf)
  • Penn National Golf Course (additional public and private golf courses in the area)
  • Capital Camps & Retreat Center
  • President James Buchanan Birthplace and Buchanan State Park
  • Michaux, Buchanan, and Tuscarora State Forests
  • Camp Penn State Park
  • Hunting and Fishing on abundant state game lands
  • Appalachian Trail (The Greater Waynesboro Area is a designated “Appalachian Trail Community”)
  • The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum
  • Capitol Theatre
  • Caledonia State Park and Totem Pole Playhouse
  • H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
  • Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies
  • Tayamentasachta Environmental Center
  • Extensive Network of Municipal Parks
  • Multiple community-based festivals and carnivals (seasonal)
  • Community Farmer’s Markets (seasonal)


Franklin county is the center of the scenic Cumberland Valley. With reasonable lodging rates and more than 1,700 hotel rooms, the County’s convenient location couples early frontier, Underground Railroad, and Civil War history with seasonal beauty, year-round recreation, and old-fashioned, hometown appeal. In addition, the county is within 30 minutes of historic Gettysburg and Antietam National Military Parks and 15 minutes of Hagerstown, MD; 30 Minutes of Frederick, MD; 60 minutes of Harrisburg, PA; and within 75 minutes if the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro areas, thus creating more access to recreation, shopping, and cultural activities.

Please visit the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau for more information.