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Dickenson Township

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

Municipal offices are located at 219 Mountainview Road, Mount Holly Springs, PA 17065.
Phone: 717-486-7424.


Dickinson Township [†] is a rural municipality located in central Cumberland County. It is bordered to the west by Cooke and Penn Townships; to the north by West Pennsboro Township and Carlisle Borough; to the east by South Middleton Township; and to the south by Tyrone and Huntington Townships in Adams County. Development in the township has been largely influenced by the nearby transportation corridors, in addition to the township's physical composition. The township is geographically divided by South Mountain. Much of the mountain is covered by the Michaux State Forest, and development patterns are sparse in these areas. The northern part of the township is largely agricultural and residential in nature. The southern part of the township is anchored by the village of Gardners, and is comprised of many orchards that are characteristic of nearby Adams County. South Mountain and the State Forest, along with other natural resources including the Yellow Breeches, Mountain Creek, Alexander Springs, and other water features, and fertile soils characterize the township and are considered assets that enhance the quality of life by many township residents. Many of the natural resources and state owned lands also serve as passive recreational opportunities, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses the township.

As development has historically spread outward from Carlisle Borough, Dickinson Township has maintained a strong agricultural base. The Cumberland County Agricultural Conservation Easement Program has permanently protected nearly 1,900 acres of prime farmland in Dickinson Township. The fertile soils in the township have long supported the agricultural community in the township. Until recently, the township had not experienced a great deal of development pressure and was predominantly an agricultural and rural community.

† Dicinson Township Comprehensive Plan, 2008, www.ccpa.net, accessed September, 2019.